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How can we talk about climate change in Alberta?

February 12, 2018
Posted By: TELUS Spark

How can we talk about climate change in Alberta?

Join us to spark the conversation!

As one of the most polarizing issues of our time, climate change can divide and silence. But whether in our boardrooms, classrooms or living rooms, we need ways of talking about climate change and energy that appreciate our uniquely Albertan perspective.

Katharine Hayhoe and George Marshall are two of the world’s top climate communicators. At this not-to-be-missed event, they will draw on their work in Alberta to explore what truly engages us as human beings, why values are more effective than graphs, and why we all need to get talking, and keep talking, about climate change.

  • When: March 6, 2018
  • Where: TELUS Spark, 220 St George's Drive NE
  • Time: 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM; Reception to follow
  • Partners: City of Calgary & Alberta Narratives Project
  • Cost: Free Event
  • Registration: Required 

*Event is SOLD OUT. 

TELUS Spark & Sustainability

Global energy systems are undergoing massive transitions, which will lead to significant changes in how we live and work over the next 30 years. Alberta is at the epicenter of challenges being faced by the intended shifts away from a carbon-based system, including partly in response to climate change. With our rich history in oil and gas, how do we have useful and constructive conversations about the coming changes and why it's important? 

TELUS Spark is committed to creating a space where these conversations can begin. We help families explore how sustainable living and sustainable energy systems in Alberta can shape the future of Calgary. We act as a conversation catalyst to encourage family members to share questions and ideas about energy sustainability with each other. Recently, the City of Calgary invited TELUS Spark to develop a Climate Change Education Plan. This comprehensive education plan will chart a path to inform, educate and mobilize Calgarians for climate action. This project could constitute an important tool for helping Calgarians engage meaningfully with global issues at a local scale.

Leaders in the Conversation

 Hayhoe Photo

Katharine Hayhoe is a Canadian climate scientist living and working as a professor at Texas Tech University. A leader in her field, she was named one of FORTUNE’s World’s Greatest Leaders and TIME’s 100 Most Influential People in part due to her ability to talk about climate change in a way that resonates and connects with people, including those resistant to the topic.


An award winning documentary filmmaker, George Marshall is the co-founder of Climate Outreach and has worked with diverse audiences from across political spectrums all over the world. He writes regularly on climate issues and is constantly leading a variety of projects on how to effectively engage people in the conversation around climate change.

Shelly Youngblut, CEO & Creative Ringleader of Wordfest will moderate the evening's discussion. 

This event is part of the Calgary Climate Symposium. View the complete schedule here.