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Climate Crowdfunding Leader Coming to Calgary

flannery_275In less than a week, ordinary Australians have collectively pitched in almost $1 Million to support Tim Flannery’s new non-political science-education organization, the Climate Council.

On October 16, you can hear what’s behind the outpouring of support at Energy Transition & Economic Transformation: Tim Flannery in Conversation at the Fairmont Palliser in Calgary, Alberta.

(Note: Our venue is almost at capacity, so reserve your seat today.)

The candid public conversation will bring together on one stage Flannery, the author of The Weather Makers with Dr. Bob Page, the director of the Enbridge Centre for Corporate Sustainability at the University of Calgary. Dr Page is one of Canada’s leading thinkers on the challenges and opportunities of the global low-carbon energy transition.

The free event is the first in our new Low Carbon Leadership Speaker Series. In Alberta, we’re partnering on the events with Alberta Climate Dialogue at the University of Alberta. The Low Carbon Leadership series aims to engage participants in thoughtful and candid discussion about approaches to achieving a prosperous low-carbon Canadian economy.

Though half a world apart, Australia and Alberta actually have much in common. Both are resource economies facing the challenge of a fast-changing global energy landscape, and both also face choices and opportunities in the transition to a lower-carbon economy.

Roughly half of the program will involve audience interaction and engagement as well as questions over Twitter via the hashtag #lowcarbon.

“Our work with citizens shows strong support for policies that will move us quickly toward a low-carbon economy. We hope that this public conversation inspires new thinking and action from policy makers and business leaders as well as ordinary Albertans,” said David Kahane, project director of Alberta Climate Dialogue (ABCD).

Through an onstage conversation with Dr. Page, Professor Flannery will share successes and lessons from his nation’s experience in transitioning to a lower-carbon economy, what he hopes to accomplish with The Climate Council, Australia’s success in reducing emissions by pricing carbon, and  the “carbon budget” and the challenge it poses, especially for economies  like Alberta.

We hope to see you there!

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