Energy: The Problem To Solve on TVO's The Agenda with Steve Paikin

How hopeful can we be about new technologies paving a path away from our current reliance on oil-based energy? Energy experts investigate the alternatives in a moderated discussion presented live on TVO’s The Agenda with Steve Paikin.

The Generation SDG Blueprint outlines a vision for a community-driven approach to the SDGs

WATERLOO, ONTARIO, CANADA - When the world set out in 2015 to address the greatest societal challenges facing us through the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), 193 member states, including Canada, made the commitment to this ambitious and optimistic vision of the future. Grassroots momentum has been building throughout Canadian society to take action on the SDGs. But, three years in, it has become apparent that successfully addressing the numerous systemic issues holding Canadians back from broadly-shared prosperity can only be achieved through a society-wide transformation designed and led at the grassroots level.  Launched at Together 2018 in Edmonton, Waterloo Global Science Initiative (WGSI)’s Generation SDG Blueprint outlines an actionable path for achieving the SDGs in Canada. This Blueprint is a vision for a community-driven approach to the SDGs developed by a multidisciplinary group of Canadian innovators and features:   insights into inclusive community ecosystem mapping and planning partnership strategies to accelerate action on the SDGs accountability practices for partnerships, program and data management innovative financial instruments and programs for funding the SDGs Solutions Spotlights highlighting Canadian and global organizations and initiatives aligned with the SDGs a commitment to establishing and nurturing partnerships on the road to achieving the SDGs in Canada   ABOUT WGSI Waterloo Global Science Initiative (WGSI) has been catalyzing collective action since 2009. The conversations we host bring people with diverse viewpoints together, prompting multi-disciplinary, inclusive collaboration to address sustainable development challenges. By combining the results of these cross-cutting conversations with the science and technology of today, our network takes answers from paper to the real world, addressing the United Nations’ (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in sectors such as energy, education and beyond. WGSI proudly takes a generational outlook to problem solving. WGSI sits at the intersection of two global thought leaders: the University of Waterloo and Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics. WGSI was founded through a partnership between the two institutions, and while WGSI operates independently, the founding partners remain key collaborators in our mission.  

Frontier Science Rountable Brief Available Now

La version française On September 25, 2017, the Office of the Chief Scientist (OCS) at Natural Resources Canada (NRCan), Waterloo Global Science Initiative (WGSI) and the Waterloo Institute for Sustainable Energy (WISE) held a roundtable discussion on the potential of today’s frontier scientific research to disrupt tomorrow’s energy system.  The Frontier Science Roundtable’s purpose was to share with Generation Energy - a national dialogue on Canada’s path to a low-carbon future hosted by Natural Resources Canada - a science perspective on the potential of today’s frontier scientific research to disrupt tomorrow’s energy system. The Generation Energy campaign invited all Canadians to contribute their ideas on how Canada should develop its resources more sustainably and invest in the energy of tomorrow. The information collected through Generation Energy will be used to design an approach for how the federal government can work with provinces and territories to create the affordable energy and innovative jobs Canadians want. Roundtable participants were drawn from diverse focus areas including machine learning, nanomaterials and science fiction and were tasked with considering how uncertainty of research outcomes and convergence of research disciplines could affect Canada’s long-term energy future. The 2050+ timeline and framing of the discussion encouraged new ideas regarding both physical andtheoretical frameworks, as well as the policy and funding ecosystem needed to realize the opportunities that may arise. The roundtable did not seek consensus. Rather, its intent was to generate feedback and insights that can help future policy and investment. Learn more about the Frontier Science Roundtable and read the Brief. 

Advancing Financing for the SDGs - #GenerationSDG

Advancing Finance for the SDGs panel

Nicholas Parker, Parker Venture Management

Robert Greenhill, Global Canada

Stephen Huddart, J.W. McConnell Foundation

Jennifer Reynolds, Toronto Financial Services Alliance

Carol Anne Hilton, Indigenomics Institute

#Generation SDG Closing Ceremony

Remarks on the closing of the Generation SDG Summit, a multi-disciplinary, multi-sectoral and multi-generational group of people working on the SDGs in Canada. A moderated panel of Summit Participants summarize their work. 

Speakers:

Her Honour the Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario 

Mayor of the City of Kitchener Berry Vrbanovic

Sandra Gionas, Producer, The Agenda with Steve Paikin, TVO

Amelia Clarke, Associate Professor, University of Waterloo

Ingrid Waldron - Environmental Racism & the Politics of Waste - #GenerationSDG

It is not lost on many Canadians that Nova Scotia has had a long and rather unique history with racism and has been perceived as being rather slow to address the structural and institutional implications of that history in Indigenous and African Nova Scotian communities. The province’s failure to acknowledge the complex and specific ways in which race is implicated in environmental policy making is, perhaps, not surprising to many.

Remarks - #GenerationSDG Opening Ceremony

Remarks on the opening of the Generation SDG Summit, a multi-disciplinary, multi-sectoral and multi-generational group of people working on the SDGs in Canada.

Speakers:

Terrylynn Brant, a Seed Keeper from Six Nations of the Grand River

Performance by the Shatitsirotha Singers, staff and students of the Waterloo Indigenous Student Centre

Katharine Wilkinson of Project Drawdown - #GenerationSDG Opening Keynote

Dr. Katharine Wilkinson delivers a keynote address on Project Drawdown the the most comprehensive plan ever proposed to reverse global warming, at the opening ceremonies of the #GenerationSDG Summit.

"What’s happening to people is unjust, so let’s have a conversation about it” - Dr. Ingrid Waldron to speak in Waterloo on environmental racism

WATERLOO, ONTARIO, CANADA -  Dr. Ingrid Waldron, a sociologist, Associate Professor in the School of Nursing at Dalhousie University will be in Waterloo to deliver a talk titled “Environmental Racism and the Politics of Waste in Mi’kmaw & African Nova Scotian Communities in Nova Scotia.” This free public lecture is presented by Waterloo Global Science Initiative as part of its Generation SDG Summit and takes place Tuesday April 24th at 7PM at Perimeter Institute. Dr. Waldron researches environmental racism as part of an examination of how social factors shape community health. "In Nova Scotia, industries that produce toxic waste, contaminants, and pollutants are disproportionately located in racialized communities. In other words, non-white communities," she says. “What’s happening to people is unjust, so let’s have a conversation about it.” Recently featured on CBC’s The Current Facing Race town hall series, Dr. Waldron spoke in Halifax along with partners from the predominantly black community of Shelburne, NS. Shelburne is a self-proclaimed “community of widows” where residents make a connection between the loss of black men to cancer and the local landfill which operated from the 1950’s to 2016. Residents recall the pungent smell of refuse being burned and men in hazmat suits depositing unidentified waste.Using The ENRICH Project (Environmental Noxiousness, Racial Inequities & Community Health Project) as the basis for her discussion, Dr. Waldron will discuss the collaborative multi-pronged, interdisciplinary, and intersectional approach she uses to address environmental racism in Indigenous and African Nova Scotian communities.Dr. Waldron’s first book, There’s Something in the Water: Environmental Racism in Indigenous and Black Communities, will be released by Fernwood Publishing at the lecture. Wordsworth Books will be onsite with copies for purchase and Dr. Waldron will sign copies following the lecture. Generation SDG is the fourth Summit hosted by Waterloo Global Science Initiative and will bring together a multi-disciplinary, multi-sectoral and multi-generational group for an intensive workshop on the implementation of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals in Canada. The Global Goals are a plan of action for people, planet and prosperity.  About WGSI   Waterloo Global Science Initiative (WGSI) has been catalyzing collective action since 2009. The conversations we host bring people with diverse viewpoints together, prompting multi-disciplinary, inclusive collaboration to address sustainable development challenges. By combining the results of these cross-cutting conversations with the science and technology of today, our network takes answers from paper to the real world, addressing the United Nations’ (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in sectors such as energy, education and beyond. WGSI proudly takes a generational outlook to problem solving.   WGSI sits at the intersection of two global thought leaders: the University of Waterloo and Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics. WGSI was founded through a partnership between the two institutions, and while WGSI operates independently, the founding partners remain key collaborators in our mission.     

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