Words of wisdom for “the church”, grandparents, those concerned about the planet, and anyone living and breathing. Come hear Andrew Weaver speak about Climate Change and our future. (This presentation was recorded at Epiphany Explorations at First Met United Church in Victoria, BC in January.)
Andrew currently serves as a Member of the Legislative Assembly for Oak Bay-Gordon Head, Victoria. Prior to his election, Dr. Weaver served as Canada Research Chair in climate modelling and analysis in the School of Earth and Ocean Sciences at the University of Victoria. He has been a Lead Author on four Intergovernmental Panels on Climate Change’s scientific assessments. He has authored or coauthored over 200 peer-reviewed, scientific papers and was the Chief Editor of the Journal of Climate from 2005-2009. Over the years he has received numerous awards including the E.W.R. NSERC Steacie Fellowship* in 1997, the Killam Research Fellowship and CIAR* Young Explorers award as one of the top 20 scientists in Canada under the age of 40 in 2002, the CMOS* President’s Prize in 2007, a Guggenheim fellowship in 2008 and the Royal Society of Canada Miroslaw Romanowski Medal and the A.G. Huntsman Award for Excellence in Marine Science in 2011. In 2008 he was appointed to the Order of British Columbia and in 2013 he was awarded a Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal.
- * NSERC: Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada. NSERC’s E.W.R Steacie Memorial Fellowships honour the memory of Dr. Edgar William Richard Steacie, an outstanding chemist and research leader who made major contributions to the development of science in Canada during, and immediately following, World War II. Dr. Steacie believed that young researchers are a great national asset and should be given every opportunity to develop their own ideas. He nurtured Canadian talent and drew many promising scientists to our country through his philosophy that:
-fundamental research is essential to the development of science;
-the individual is key to research, and individual ideas are ultimately responsible for important advances in science;
-there are no national boundaries in science; and
-complete freedom is required for creative work.
And through the Steacie Fellowships, his ideas live on. The Fellowships are awarded to enhance the career development of outstanding and highly promising university faculty who are earning a strong international reputation for original research.
- *CIAR: Canadian Institute for Advanced Research. The Institute brings together outstanding researchers to work in global networks that address some of the most important questions our world faces today. Research is focused on improving human health, transforming technology, building strong societies and sustaining the Earth. Our networks help support the growth of research leaders and are catalysts for change in business, government and society. Established in 1982, CIFAR is a Canadian-based, global organization, comprised of nearly 350 fellows, scholars and advisors from more than 100 institutions in 16 countries. CIFAR partners with the Government of Canada, provincial governments, individuals, foundations, corporations and research institutions to extend our impact in the world.
- *CMOS: The Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society is the national society of individuals and organisations dedicated to advancing atmospheric and oceanic sciences and related environmental disciplines in Canada.