Your Garden and Climate Change

Monday, April 11, 2011 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Climate change already is impacting ecological systems in British Columbia. Some of these impacts are described. There are major barriers to an effective response and there is no way we can evade ever greater impacts for a long time yet. We cannot become “climate proof” so must become climate resilient. Increased resilience will come through mitigation and adaptation. Gardeners have an important role to play.

Instructor: Fred Bunnell, Professor Emeritus, UBC Faculty of Forestry, studied forestry and wildlife biology in British Columbia, Switzerland and the United States — including Berkeley in the 1960s, which did not leave him unchanged. He has been at the University of British Columbia for almost 40 years where he was Professor of Forest Wildlife, Forest Renewal BC Chair in Conservation Biology, and founding Director for the Centre of Applied Conservation Biology. Fred is now Professor Emeritus. He has published over 400 scientific articles and reports to government and industry, and received 6 provincial, national and international awards for applied research. This year he received the Ian Mctaggart-Cowan Award for excellence in Biology from the Association of Professional Biologists of BC. Dr. Bunnell has held commissions and served on over 70 provincial, national, and international committees dealing with resource management. His work has taken him to 30 countries. He is happily married, a father, and loves life immensely.

Please note: Bring a bag lunch. Coffee and tea supplied. Fee collected at the door. Please call 604-822-3928 or email the UBC Botanical Garden at in advance to book a seat.