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Mobilizing Climate Conversations

Speaker series

Mobilizing Climate Conversations aims to engage the UCalgary campus community and Albertans in transformative conversations on climate action. By mobilizing climate change expertise from diverse perspectives and worldviews that are critical for implementing impactful and equitable climate solutions, this speaker series aspires to empower participants to take meaningful action in their own ways and to connect with the climate action community.

The theme for the 2022-2023 speaker series is climate justice. Conversations will explore the interconnections between equity, human rights and climate change; just energy transitions in Alberta and Canada; the role of art in bringing together many voices for climate action; and the connection between climate justice and reconciliation.

We are honoured to host outstanding speakers who are leading the way in climate action and climate justice. We welcome you to join us for the Mobilizing Climate Conversations speaker series.

Climate Justice:

Exploring the Intersections of Human Rights, Equity & Climate Change

Sharing Diverse Perspectives on Just Energy Transitions

Transformative Conversations:

The role of art and storytelling talking about climate justice

Climate Justice & Reconciliation

Event in collaboration with the Office of Indigenous Engagement

Upcoming events:

Mobilizing Climate Conversations

A speaker series.

Returning in early 2023. Please check back for updates.

Past events

Mobilizing Alberta Climate Conversations speaker series brings you its second keynote panel session — Sharing Diverse Perspectives on Just Energy Transitions.

Explore what just energy transitions can look like from diverse perspectives, worldviews and Knowledge Systems. Panelists will discuss ways just energy transitions can support climate justice in Alberta and Canada, how they can influence climate policy, current challenges and solutions to implementing just energy transitions, and ways one can support just energy transitions.


Jacob Crane is a citizen of the Tsuut'ina Nation, Alberta, Canada. He is the Community Engagement Coordinator for Indigenous Climate Action, an Indigenous women-led organization dedicated to creating a world with sovereign and thriving Indigenous Peoples and cultures leading climate justice for all.

Dr. Julie Drolet, PhD, professor in the Faculty of Social Work at the University of Calgary and Project Director of Transforming the Field Education Landscape partnership. She leads an international social work research program to advance knowledge in the fields of social work and social development.

Dr. Jennifer Winter, MA'07, PhD'11, is an associate professor in the Department of Economics and the School of Public Policy, University of Calgary. Winter’s research evaluates climate policies and examines the effects of government regulation and policy on energy development and the associated consequences and trade-offs.


Sarah Winstanley, BSW'11, MSW'15, is an instructor in the Faculty of Social Work at the University of Calgary. She is a feminist social worker who specializes in community development and has spent a decade working with girls and women leaders in Calgary and across the UK.

Nov. 22, 2022 12:30–2 p.m.

Exploring the Intersections of Human Rights, Equity & Climate Change

Kicking-off the Mobilizing Climate Conversations Speaker Series with our first keynote panel session. We will discuss what climate justice means from diverse perspectives, worldviews and knowledge systems, and what it is to decolonize climate change dialogues. We will explore how tackling racism, discrimination and structural inequities are all essential to advancing climate justice, and share meaningful actions to support climate justice.


Dr. Deborah McGregor is the Canadian Research Chair in Indigenous Environmental Justice at Osgoode Hall Law School at York University. Her research focuses on Indigenous knowledge systems and their various applications in diverse contexts, including water and environmental governance, environmental justice, forest policy and management, and sustainable development. 

Dr. Deb L. Morrison works at the intersection of justice, climate science, and learning. She is a climate and anti-oppression activist, scientist, learning scientist, educator, mother, locally elected official, and many other things besides. Deb works in research-practice-policy partnerships from local community to international scales. 

Larissa Crawford is the founder and managing director of Future Ancestors with expertise in anti-racism, climate justice, race-based data collection, public policy and governance, restorative practices and conflict resolution, global development, youth engagement, Indigenous engagement and decolonization.

Oct. 25, 2022 12:30–2 p.m.

Individual & Community Well-Being in the Era of Climate Change

It can be difficult to talk about climate change, process our complex emotions around it and connect with and support others feeling the same way. In this workshop, we will support each other in facing and processing our climate grief, share and practice using various climate grief tools to develop our personal grief toolkits and connect you with additional community resources. Sharing grief and practices that cultivate resilience can help us grow beyond our comfort zones, shift our consciousness, and have a positive influence. It also helps us move into better relationships with self, community and planet by recognizing our interdependence with the living planet and all of the earth community.

Jodi Lammiman, founder of Refugia Retreats and Alana-Dawn Eirikson, Sustainability Partnerships & Events Coordinator with the Office of Sustainability, UCalgary, have mindful conversations about climate grief.

Nov. 4, 2022 1–3 p.m.