From the CRCA Press Release:
The Cataraqui Region Conservation Authority (CRCA) is hosting a special event entitled
Adapting to Climate Change in the Cataraqui Region on Wednesday, November 4 from 3 p.m.to 8:30 p.m. in the Press Lounge at Portsmouth Olympic Harbour, 53 Yonge St., Kingston. The Conservation Authority marked its 50th anniversary this year, and is hosting this event as it looks to the future.
“A changing climate will affect our health, safety and well-being and impacts everything from the food we eat to outdoor recreation, land use planning, agriculture and more,” said Rob McRae, Watershed Planning Coordinator for the CRCA. “An increase in invasive plant species, changing wildlife and forests, and unpredictable and extreme weather patterns, are just some of the challenges for which we will need to adapt. Creative solutions are needed and everyone will need to be involved.”
The CRCA is partnering with the City of Kingston and the Queen’s University School of Urban and Regional Planning to put on the event which will feature an open-house format from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. with exhibits where visitors can learn how various groups and organizations in the community are actively engaged in climate change research, education and planning. At 3:30 and 5:30 p.m. Queen’s students will take the stage to present early findings from their climate change research and engage visitors in a special activity.
“We’re pleased to take part in this event and to have the opportunity to talk to Kingston
residents about the Kingston Climate Action Plan (2014) and our commitment to reducing
carbon emissions, said Paul MacLatchy, director of Environment and Sustainable Initiatives,
City of Kingston. “We are looking forward to sharing what we have accomplished so far and
what our action plan is moving forward.”
A series of formal talks will take place starting at 7 p.m., including a welcome speech from the CRCA, as well as a brief presentation by the City of Kingston discussing the Kingston Climate Action Plan. Students from Queen’s University’s School of Urban and Regional Planning will talk about their climate change work, before introducing the event’s guest speaker Chris St. Clair.
All interested members of the community are welcome to attend. Admission is free.