Tuesday, June 5
The Climate Crisis, Cognitive Dissonance, and Canada
Dr. Joe Vipond
Climate scientists continue to tell us that our current trajectory of fossil fuel use will imperil our natural systems, and in turn, imperil our civilization. This is a difficult concept to accept, especially when our own behaviour is contributing to this destabilization. In turn, we create narratives that will allow ourselves to continue our behaviours. This talk explores these narratives, and their counter-narratives, in an Alberta context. And finishes with describing some personal initiatives that can make a substantive difference to our children's and grandchildren's futures.
Bio: Joe Vipond has worked as an emergency physician in Calgary for seventeen years. In 2012 he became one of the key organizers for the successful Alberta Coal Phase Out campaign, and the subsequent Canadian Coal Phase Out campaign. He currently sits on two boards, that of the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment, and the Alberta Wilderness Association. More recently his interest has turned to citizen engagement and climate literacy, and as such runs three Facebook pages, including Alberta Acts on Climate Change, and often reaches upwards of 15,000 people per week. When not doctoring or trying to change the world, he does his best to be a good husband, and dad to his two amazing children, Sadie and Willa.