Sustainable Speaker Series

The Sustainable Speakers Series is a monthly event hosted by the Saskatchewan Environmental Society and the Saskatoon Public Library. These environmentally-themed presentations are free for all to attend and are located in lower level meeting room of the Frances Morrison Central Library (311 23rd Street East) in Saskatoon. All talks run from 7:00pm to 8:30pm.

The Sustainable Speaker Series will resume in September 2017:

Tuesday, September 19
“The stories behind the policy: Sustainability in Saskatoon and Edmonton”
Speaker: Cody Sharpe, Upstream Policy Coordinator

When we say our personal lives, economies, and cities need to become more sustainable, what do we mean? One way we can understand complicated problems is by turning them into stories. Policy makers and the people who try to influence them do just this, and the stories they tell have real consequences for the future we will live in. This presentation will outline the sustainability stories in Saskatoon and Edmonton, who is telling them, and what these narratives may mean for our collective future.

Tuesday, October 17
“Is it really darkest before the dawn: A look at light pollution in the city of Saskatoon and it’s effects on ecosystems”
Speaker: Kenton Lysak, Meewasin Valley Authority Senior Interpreter

We are only now beginning to understand the importance of dark skies for human health, plant physiology and nocturnal wildlife. Light pollution has been shown to negatively affect nocturnal wildlife and ecosystems as a whole by changing animal behaviours, disrupting seasonal movements, and altering the structure of ecosystems. Recent research has indicated that many native species residing in and around the City of Saskatoon depend on dark skies for their survival; however, there has been little research into the extent of light pollution within the city and its effect on local wildlife populations. By mapping the extent of light pollution, researchers and the Meewasin Valley Authority are now identifying areas of concern for nocturnal wildlife while also determining the direct effects on wildlife movements and behaviours.

Tuesday, November 21
“Let’s talk climate change: How to build bridges in Saskatchewan”Speakers: Hayley Carlson & Rachel Malena-Chan, Climate Justice Saskatoon

When it comes to climate change, getting the science right is only half the battle. Join the Saskatchewan Environmental Society and Climate Justice Saskatoon to learn strategies that can help us communicate more effectively with our target audiences about climate change. Learn about what has been successful in other jurisdictions, how to connect with neutral versus allied audiences, and hear preliminary results from Saskatchewan specific focus group research. Some portions of the presentation may be interactive.