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What can mother trees teach us about climate justice?

April 21, 2022 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm


An Earth Week special on old growth forests and climate change featuring Mother Trees, climate litigation, and Indigenous knowledge.

What lessons can we draw to advance climate justice? Join UBC Professor of Forest Ecology, Suzanne Simard, and the Executive Directors of Sierra Club BC and CPAWS-BC, in a discussion moderated by Dr. Danielle Ignace, Associate Professor of Forestry.

How do trees talk to one another and how does this phenomenon contribute to forest resiliency, adaptability and recovery? What are the implications for how to manage and heal forests from human impacts, including climate change? And what tools are available for better forest and old growth protection in BC, including climate litigation and the creation of Indigenous Protected and Conserved Areas?


Suzanne Simard, Professor of Forest Ecology, on ‘Finding the Mother Tree’
Hannah Askew, Executive Director of Sierra Club BC, on ‘Climate Litigation as a Tool for Change.’
J Kevin Barlow (magtawe’g mui’n gagamig gwilmn n’pisun), Executive Director of CPAWS-BC (Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society, BC Chapter), on ‘Indigenous Knowledge is What We Need’

Moderated by Assistant Professor of Forestry, Dr. Danielle Ignace, Indigenous Natural Sciences, with a special Earth Week call to action from Flossie Baker, Lead Organizer, Sierra Club BC.

Attend remotely via webinar or in-person at the BC Hydro Theatre, Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability (2260 West Mall).

Part of the Climate Justice Series.


April 21, 2022
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Hybrid Online/Virtual and In-Person – See Description
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