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CALL Conference on Climate Change - March 30.

-Written by CALL member Mary Ndlovu

We are getting used to coming away from CALL conferences with some new knowledge, better understandings, and inspiration to jump into action, and Saturday March 30 was no different.

Rather than debate the reality of climate change or the extent of human agency in causing global warming, the sessions focused on solutions which can reduce emissions of greenhouse gasses. We were treated to a keynote speech by Professor Mishka Lysack of the University of Calgary, followed by presentations from a panel of four.

Some key points which emerged from the presentations were as follows:

  • Canada’s emissions of greenhouse gases have continued to increase while those of a country such as Britain have decreased, even while the GDP goes up.
  • There is no doubt, however, that we are in a historical global transition from energy produced from fossil fuels to energy from renewals, primarily solar and wind, even though the change is slow.
  • We should not fear that jobs will be lost long-term, as dollar for dollar, investment in renewables provides three times as many permanent jobs as investment in oil and gas.
  • There are viable solutions being tried in Germany which Canada and Alberta in particular could follow as a model for change.
  • Communities in Germany are working on local activity, involving people in the production of green energy for a local distribution network; they become shareholders in an economic model which does not rely on large companies. Professor Lysack suggested that southern Alberta with its abundance of sun and wind and its indigenous communities could become a leader in this type of innovation.
  • If we want to overcome the current polarization on the issue we need to be sensitive in our communication to persuade those wedded to oil and gas that change is necessary and desirable rather than destructive.

After a delicious lunch served buffet style we moved to smaller groups exploring a variety of topics ranging from a follow-up on communication methods, to the spiritual aspect of energy use, electric vehicles, diet for responsible energy use, and Calgary public transport.

Many thanks to the organisers for a most interesting day, and to Bill Phipps for keeping everyone on their toes from the chair.

If you were not able to attend the March 13th CALL TED talk on Climate Change, below are the links to the introductory TED presentations.

Katharine Hayhoe: The Most Important Thing You Can Do to Fight Climate Change —Talk About It

Per Espen Stoknes: How to Transform Apocalypse Fatigue into Action on Global Warming


Interest Group looking for new members:

Our Lives, Our Stories Group 2 Interest Group

This is a group of memoir writers who welcome a variety of writers and they have room for two new members.  Members have included a poet, a ghost writer of a refugee memoir, some stories for granchildren's enjoyment and others for possible publication.

Ukulele Festival, September 13-15

Calgary Ukulele Festival 2019

CALL's Uke Fest group will be holding its second Ukulele Festival September 13 - 15, featuring a concert on Friday evening at River Park Church ($25) and two days of workshops at cSpace King Edward on September 14 and 15. A Community Theatre that is free to the public will be featured at cSpace on Saturday and Sunday.

CALL was awarded $6500 by the Calgary foundation to support the Community Theatre which will feature international performers, TED talks, a documentary and jam sessions.

Registration for Calgary Uke Fest includes:

  • one ticket for the Friday evening concert: September 13 at River Park Church
  • 2 Days of Workshops (a total of 5) :  September 14 & 15 at cSPACE King Edward
  • a variety of Saturday evening Jams
  • Sunday afternoon All Sing/All Play
  • access to the Community Theatre throughout the Workshop days
  • 2 lunches (includes sandwich, drink and cookie)
  • 1 pizza dinner (includes personal pizza and drink)
  • all day snacks
  • access to hallway vendors Saturday and Sunday

Cost: CALL Members $225;  General Public:  $250



"Building the Next Boom: Calgary's Hi-Tech Sector"

Monday, May 13, 1:00 - 3:00 pm
Note: Presentation begins at 1:30
Varsity Acres Presbyterian Church
4612 Varsity Drive NW 
Presenter: Stace Wills, Director of New Ventures, Innovate Calgary

Calgary is home to a thriving and innovative tech sector. We have Canada's highest concentration of entrepreneurs per capita. Discover our next boom economy - find out what’s going on in high tech.


"Who are the Germans from Russia?"

Friday, May 3, 1:00 - 3:00 pm
Room 310, cSpace
1721 - 29th Avenue SW

Presenter Marlene Michel will look at how the Germans from Russia found out about the Canadian West, how and why they came to Calgary and specifically to Bridgeland/Riverside. They came in large numbers during the early 1900s and have had an impact on Calgary and area.


"The Future of Freight and the Economy of Alberta"

Tuesday, May 7, 7:30 - 9:00 pm
Varsity Acres Presbyterian Church
4612 Varsity Drive NW

Presenter David Layzell, U of C Professor and Director of the Canadian Energy Systems Analysis Research Initiative and cofounder of The Transition Accelerator will talk about the promising use of hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles as an alternative to heavy diesel engines for freight movement.


"Metis Pioneers: Marie Rose Delorme Smith and Isabella Clark Hardisty Lougheed"

Friday, May 10, 1:00 - 3:00 pm
Room 310, cSpace
1721 - 29 Street SW

Doris Jeanne MacKinnon will discuss the lives of these two Metis matriarchs who were born during the fur trade and who settled in southern Alberta as the fur transitions to a sedentary agricultural and industrial economy.



"Sri Lanka"

Tuesday, May 14, 7:30 - 9:00 pm
Haysboro Community Hall
1204 - 89th Avenue SW

John Bargman visited Sri Lanka in March of 2018. This presentation will concentrate on the natural history in the southern part of the country. John has been fascinated with natural history all his life since being raised in Eastern Africa and has also been a keen amateur photographer since his teens.



Wednesday, May 15, 7:30 - 9:00 pm
Varsity Acres Presbyterian Church
4612 Varsity Drive NW

Presenters Karen and Murray Jones will tell us about their experiences living and working in Lima and Peru. They will discuss the history of Peru and visit some archeological sites.


"Create Your Change"

Tuesday, May 28, 1:00 - 2:30 pm
Varsity Acres Presbyterian Church
4612 Varsity Drive NW

Karen Daniels, occupational therapist and transition specialist, will offer an exploration of the art and science of creating change or managing a transition.


New memberships purchased after May 1, 2019 are valid until August 31, 2020. Membership is $50 per person, non-refundable. Participation in the monthly CALL Café and most CALL Interest Groups and Speaker Series is included in the fee. Additional costs may be required for events such as theatre and symphony as well as for special social or fund raising events.

*To participate in most programs, you must be a member.  Exceptions are listed as Open to the Public

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