Our Nature, Our Choice - An Environmental Issues Discussion


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Women's Centre of Calgary
Calgary, Alberta, CA

Posted by Women's Centre of Calgary.

Our Environmental Issues Discussion series is returning from our summer break, and we're kicking things back into gear with a discussion about the connections between environment, gender and politics in Calgary.

Municipal governments have an important role in local environmental decision-making, influencing the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the land we use. The workshop will examine the main factors impacting environmental decision-making in Calgary through a gendered lens.

We’ll hear from three women with diverse backgrounds in environment and politics, who will guide our group through the following questions.

How are environmental policy decisions made at the municipal level?
What role does gender play in those decisions?
What are the opportunities and barriers for women to contribute to these decisions?

Dianne Colley-Urquhart, City Councillor for Ward 13, will provide an insider’s perspective on how decisions are made at a municipal level, and the role Calgary’s elected representatives play in this process.

Gwendolyn Blue, PhD, Associate Professor of Human Geography with the University of Calgary, will help us explore current research about gender and environmental decision making, exploring what this means around the world as well as here at home.

Claire Beckstead, Mitigation Coordinator in the Climate Change team at the City of Calgary, will guide us in a discussion about the connections between the municipal governments we elect, the environmental decisions that shape our city, and the lives of the women who call it home.

This event is open to anyone who identifies as a woman. Child minding will be available. For more information, visit http://www.womenscentrecalgary.org/events/environmentourcityourchoice/ or call 403-264-1155.