Edmontonians invited to join international experts in discussions about climate change
February 6, 2018

The City of Edmonton welcomes up to 800 international visitors during the CitiesIPCC Cities and Climate Change Science Conference, March 5 - 7, 2018. Residents and visitors are encouraged to take part in the discussions about preserving our environment by attending the Change for Climate Community Series events. 

“In order to accelerate our leadership on energy transition and climate change, we need the support, ideas and involvement of our citizens,” says Edmonton Mayor Don Iveson. “The Change for Climate Community Series events announced today provide citizens educational and fun opportunities to learn more about the environment and how climate change affects us all.”

The free events in the Community Series will take place in the weeks leading up to and during the conference. The events run the gamut from art shows to a science fair, a trade show, and presentations and panel discussions. They have been made possible thanks to the sponsorship of EPCOR, ATCO and ENMAX. 

Highlights include:

  • The EPCOR Stage: More than 23 expert presentations and performances hosted in the Shaw Conference Centre, Hall A, lasting the three days of the conference.
  • Festival of Youth Voices: This half-day festival provides a unique opportunity to hear from students from Alberta and around the world as they share their climate change concerns, hopes, experiences and recommendations. 
  • Art for Change: In all its forms, art is a powerful communication medium for engaging people emotionally and intellectually. This series of community events explores the potential of visual art to inspire climate change awareness and action.
  • Solutions Showcase: This trade show runs for the duration of the conference in Hall A and features local and national businesses and organizations showing off their climate-resilient practices, products and programs.
  • Global Students White Paper: High School students from around the world are collaborating online to develop a white paper responding to the challenges of climate change. A representative group of these students will be in Edmonton to present their findings at the conference. Edmontonians can hear from and meet the students during the Festival of Youth Voices at NAIT and on the EPCOR Stage. 

The City created partnerships with the University of Alberta, MacEwan University, NAIT, Edmonton Public Schools, the Centre for Global Education and the Alberta Council for Environmental Education to offer these community programs focusing on climate change. 

There is no charge for members of the public to join any Change for Climate Community Series events. However, those who wish to attend the scheduled presentations and programming for the EPCOR stage are asked to register in advance on the Eventbrite Change for Climate EPCOR Stage page.
For more information:

Media contact:  
Communications Advisor
Regional Economic Development

Members of the media wishing to attend the CitiesIPCC Cities and Climate Change Science Conference must register in advance for accreditation. https://www.citiesipcc.org/en/media/press