Earth Day 2023 - Various themes

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Earth Day 2023 - Various themes

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Ecosystems: lakes, rivers, green spaces

Frances Pick (English and French)

Full Professor, Department of Biology, Faculty of Science.

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Professor Pick can discuss what is needed to protect the water quality and aquatic life of lakes and rivers and the value and impact of green spaces and bluescapes.


The sand and aggregate crisis

Jean-François Rousseau (English and French)

Associate Professor, School of International Development and Global Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences.

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Professor Rousseau can discuss the sustainability of sand, one of the world’s most consumed raw materials that is facing a shortage. 


Climate change and agriculture

Christopher Huggins (English and French)

Associate Professor, School of International Development and Global Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences. 

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Professor Huggins can speak to climate change adaptation in the agricultural sector, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa.

“There is a need to strengthen women’s rights to land and natural resources, especially in sub-Saharan Africa, to facilitate climate change adaptation and minimize gendered impacts of climate change.

“The role of mining – especially artisanal and small-scale mining – to provide minerals and metals for renewable energy technologies (electric batteries, wind turbines, etc.) and the need to manage the environmental costs and socio-economic impacts of mining as we move towards a just energy transition.”


Clémence Fauteux-Lefebvre(English and French)

Assistant Professor, Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, Faculty of Engineering.

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Dr. Fauteux-Lefebvre can discuss her current research, which focuses on sustainable catalytic processes to reduce pollution and valorize residues, for example the production of hydrogen without carbon dioxide emissions.



Dr. Husein Moloo (English only)

Director of Planetary Health and Associate Professor of Surgery, Faculty of Medicine

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The first Director of Planetary Health at a Canadian university can discuss the impact of climate change on healthcare, including policy related to current healthcare model.


Fossil Fuel Divestment

Darlene Himick (English only)

Associate Professor, Telfer School of Management

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