BCAS Resources

1. Learn about the people and territory you’re on (treaty, unceded or traditional territory) and about the work already being done to support Indigenous rights as part of the climate solutions movement:

2. Are there already groups protecting local lakes, rivers, coasts or other important water bodies in your region? Check out:

3. Contribute feedback in the Government of Canada’s Just Transition Plan public consultation : https://www.rncanengagenrcan.ca/en/collections/just-transition

Guiding questions:

  • Are the government’s actions and commitments in line with what the science tells us is needed to drastically reduce carbon emissions by 2030?
  • Who is being centred in climate action in this plan? Are there any stakeholders not represented? Who is usually left out and how can they be included? A “just” transition means everyone is brought along -including and especially those most impacted the most and who contribute the least to the burning of fossil fuels driving the climate crisis. 
  • Do adequate training opportunities and investment in “net-zero” industries exist? Which industries could be missing from this plan? What opportunities are there in ocean and coastal communities? 

1. Check in with your local representatives to see what kinds of accessible public cooling options exist in your community. Here are some examples!

 

2. Community science opportunity: you can help collect data on barnacle populations using just your phone and some sticky notes! Check out the easy-to-follow protocol on Dr. Chris Harley’s website at: https://www.zoology.ubc.ca/harleylab/current-projects/ . Here’s the condensed version!

  • Find a coast with barnacles! (note when and where you collected it – photos help!)
  • Find 20 “plots” about the size of your hand covered in barnacles
  • Take a photo of each plot and record some data using the Compass Comander app
  • Upload your data and photos of each plot to their drive and email them at barncacle.doctor@gmail.com to let them know you helped in long-term monitoring of coastal biodiversity!

Link to gov. Can community science portal to find other community science initiatives near you: https://www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/063.nsf/eng/h_97169.html

South Coast Conservation Program http://www.sccp.ca/resources/citizen-science 

Other citizen science projects in BC: https://ibis.geog.ubc.ca/biodiversity/CitizenScienceProjects.html 

 

3. Host or join a day of community mobilization with 350.canada on Sept. 8th! A snap election at the end of September means we need to push political parties to put urgent climate action at the top of their agendas! Check out all the resources and training at : https://350.org/still-on-fire/ for more info! 

 

Other Resources:

Marine heatwave story map: https://www.nps.gov/gis/storymaps/cascade/v1/index.html?appid=6391291b145f4b5f96cbfdf5e3d270b7

Forecasting heatwaves with machine learning: https://research.csiro.au/cor/home/climate-impacts-adaptation/marine-heatwaves/forecasting-marine-heatwaves/ 

Explore current and past heat anomolies in oceans: https://climatereanalyzer.org/wx/DailySummary/#prcp-tcld-topo

1. The next time you want to roll your eyes and walk away from a climate denier, stop for a second and think about: what is your positionality, relationship and stake in this interaction? If it’s someone you care about or could have a values-based conversation with, try getting uncomfortable and talking about how you may both be affected by the climate crisis. Remember, this isn’t a conversation about trying to win someone over instantly, it’ll likely be an on-going conversation.

Guest speaker Dr. Dave Riddell has compiled an awesome resources list of websites, online articles, and books on this topic! Check it out here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1-eap7fxmyTOsN4mV7eZ5ykEITk-0n5RT/view?usp=sharing

2. #HipHopMD showed us how science communication can happen in unique, fun and engaging ways! How can you use your own unique combination of skills and interest to engage in #scicomm? What makes you interested in other #SciComm accounts? Tag some of your favourite accounts below! Here are some of ours and their IG handles: @botanicalblackgirl @intersectionalenvironmentalist @indigenousfriends @wcelaw @ashadevos @drsianproctor @melanininstem @ologies @hood__naturalist @katharinehayhoe @wordcortex @BugSalome @whynotadoc @how2saveaplanet

3. If you’re watching this from Canada, there’s an election coming up next week on Monday Sept 20th! While electoral politics is not the only way to get involved in collective action, it’s a great opportunity to support candidates and parties that are climate champions and who have a track record of sticking to their commitments!

350canada is looking for volunteers for their texting team to help get the vote out for climate champions across the country! Sign up now at : https://climatealliance.ca/text! This is a great chance to get out and use your vote for what you believe in! Check out the following resources to read up on how/where to vote and where each of the parties stand on climate issues. 

1. The Fridays for Future Climate Strike happened Friday Sept. 24th, the same week the Kelpisode came out! If you had the chance to attend let us know how it went, and stay up-to-date on how to keep involved in the momentum of these actions at fridaysforfuture.org

2. If you’re living along a coast, get to know your friendly neighbourhood kelp forest! Have you noticed any changes to it over time? And if you’re not along a coast, are there any remote or urban forests near you? Who is working towards protecting them and is there a way you can help? What kind of marine protection projects exist, or are there any Indigenous stewards that have been caring for kelp and terrestrial ecosystems near you? Check out our linktree for more resources and reads on the topic, and remember to download Dr. Martone’s app “Seaweed Sorter” from your app store! It’s the same cost as a cup of coffee, but the buzz lasts way longer! 

3. The kelp farming industry is growing like a seaweed! In Bamfield, Canadian Kelp Resources and Cascadia Seaweed are startups at the forefront of kelp farming, and are combining western science with generations of insights from coastal Indigenous knowledge systems as they grow. And right here at BMSC, the new Kelp Rescue project will start looking into the carbon capture potential of these amazing forests. You may be surprised at some of the products kelp goes into, stuff like fertilizer, toothpaste, salad dressings, and even some frozen foods! You can even buy it dried to add to soups, side dishes or ground up as a tasty seasoning! Support kelp farmers and see if there are any grocery stores near you that sell kelp, or check out some local BC companies like Canadian Kelp Resources, Cascadia Seaweed, and Sea Forest to order kelp products straight to your door! 

1. Download iNaturalist and make an observation! Or many! Once you download the app you can even check out “projects near you” and start observing with folks in your area!  You’d be amazed at how many people are already using iNaturalist And hey, if you and some friends start together, there’s nothing like a bit of friendly competition to get you out there to see who can make the most, or the most obscure observation. 

2. Community science initiatives happen everywhere! You may be surprised at the number of opportunities in your own community, yes even if you live in a big city! Take a look at these community science databases to find other ways to contribute important data to climate and biodiversity monitoring efforts. Let us know on social media if there are any projects you’re already involved in you think more people need to know about!

3. COP 26, the 26th UN Climate Change conference is running in Glasgow from Sunday Oct 31st to Friday Nov. 12th. Big international conferences like these can sometimes feel like just another PR opportunity for world leaders, without the follow-up or commitment required to keep warming to 1.5°C as agreed upon in the 2015 COP Paris Agreement, it’s also an opportunity for folks to apply pressure to our leaders in this pivotal decade and demand true action in line with what the science tells us. 

For example, earlier this month 400 young people around the world gathered at the Youth4Climate meeting to create a list of demands based on science and equity, including growing nature based climate solutions, phasing out fossil fuel expansion to support a just transition for everyone, and ensuring equitable financial support for developing countries from rich nations that have benefitted from their exploitation.

Resources based on our climate action recommendations from Episode 6 of the BMSC Climate Action Series: Eco-Anxiety and Climate Mental Health. (Check out @bmscclimate on Instagram, twitter and Facebook for more info!)

1. Check out these amazing eco-anxiety and climate grief resources from Gabrielle. As you go through these, keep in mind that while feelings of anxiety are totally valid and can take time to process, it’s also important to consider our own positionality. What are the resources we have access to, and do other people have the same kinds of resources like time, finances or social support? While the fear of an unlivable future may be universal, it’s experienced differently and can be compounded on across intersectionalities like race, gender, sexual orientation, ability or class. We encourage folks to engage in exploring grief, healing, joy and resilience that works towards collective liberation and climate justice Eco-anxiety resources from Gabrielle: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1uvTB_0sCz14EsHX8Lmg-fbkMBYGhNj0w?fbclid=IwAR2NhBWaBWrPvolq3b0NBelh8R9mIDH9WpVUipwKAKM2itgQDSx1X3GK-Jo Time article on eco-anxiety: https://time.com/6112146/climate-anxiety-resources/ Blog: Is climate anxiety a white phenomenon? https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/the-unbearable-whiteness-of-climate-anxiety/

2. While western medical systems adopt programs like Parks Prescriptions, get outside today and spend time in Nature. As Melissa and Jenny indicated, nature is what you perceive it to be. Have a small balcony with plants? A special plant at your desk? A garden you go by on your commute? While you’re at it, take some time to reflect on your relationship to the land and water around you. If you’re a settler in a colonized space, is there a way to start decolonizing your relationship with that Place? Decolonize Resources: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1xXhHallb7HDdaiK5MrV3U9VzwUuoD4-VPe-0qyf_JzM/edit#heading=h.royrjgolhjpi Decolonization handbook: https://fpse.ca/sites/default/files/news_files/Decolonization%20Handbook.pdf Rethinking the Colonial Mentality of Our National Parks: https://thewalrus.ca/rethinking-the-colonial-mentality-of-our-national-parks/

3. Climate healing, resilience, hope and joy can be fostered through action. As COP26 comes to a close this weekend, take a peek at some of the key outcomes of the conference. For those looking for more tangible policy and direction in Canada towards ensuring workers are supported in the necessary clean economy, sign 350 Canada’s petition to legislate the Just Transition Act, and check out these articles on the connections between climate solutions, Land Back and the MMIW crisis as brought to light by Indigeneous land defenders at COP26.

Sign the Just Transition Act Petition: https://act.350.org/sign/jt-act/ Nature-based solutions & Land back: https://www.nationalobserver.com/2021/11/09/news/are-natural-solutions-touted-un-climate-summit-new-form-colonialism MMIW & the resource extraction industry: https://www.indigenousclimateaction.com/entries/for-immediate-release-indigenous-led-action-in-memory-of-missing-murdered-indigenous-women-and-relatives

Resources based on our climate action recommendations from Episode 6 of the BMSC Climate Action Series: Eco-Anxiety and Climate Mental Health. (Check out @bmscclimate on Instagram, twitter and Facebook for more info!)

1. Check out these amazing eco-anxiety and climate grief resources from Gabrielle. As you go through these, keep in mind that while feelings of anxiety are totally valid and can take time to process, it’s also important to consider our own positionality. What are the resources we have access to, and do other people have the same kinds of resources like time, finances or social support? While the fear of an unlivable future may be universal, it’s experienced differently and can be compounded on across intersectionalities like race, gender, sexual orientation, ability or class. We encourage folks to engage in exploring grief, healing, joy and resilience that works towards collective liberation and climate justice Eco-anxiety resources from Gabrielle: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1uvTB_0sCz14EsHX8Lmg-fbkMBYGhNj0w?fbclid=IwAR2NhBWaBWrPvolq3b0NBelh8R9mIDH9WpVUipwKAKM2itgQDSx1X3GK-Jo Time article on eco-anxiety: https://time.com/6112146/climate-anxiety-resources/ Blog: Is climate anxiety a white phenomenon? https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/the-unbearable-whiteness-of-climate-anxiety/

2. While western medical systems adopt programs like Parks Prescriptions, get outside today and spend time in Nature. As Melissa and Jenny indicated, nature is what you perceive it to be. Have a small balcony with plants? A special plant at your desk? A garden you go by on your commute? While you’re at it, take some time to reflect on your relationship to the land and water around you. If you’re a settler in a colonized space, is there a way to start decolonizing your relationship with that Place? Decolonize Resources: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1xXhHallb7HDdaiK5MrV3U9VzwUuoD4-VPe-0qyf_JzM/edit#heading=h.royrjgolhjpi Decolonization handbook: https://fpse.ca/sites/default/files/news_files/Decolonization%20Handbook.pdf Rethinking the Colonial Mentality of Our National Parks: https://thewalrus.ca/rethinking-the-colonial-mentality-of-our-national-parks/

3. Climate healing, resilience, hope and joy can be fostered through action. As COP26 comes to a close this weekend, take a peek at some of the key outcomes of the conference. For those looking for more tangible policy and direction in Canada towards ensuring workers are supported in the necessary clean economy, sign 350 Canada’s petition to legislate the Just Transition Act, and check out these articles on the connections between climate solutions, Land Back and the MMIW crisis as brought to light by Indigeneous land defenders at COP26.

Sign the Just Transition Act Petition: https://act.350.org/sign/jt-act/ Nature-based solutions & Land back: https://www.nationalobserver.com/2021/11/09/news/are-natural-solutions-touted-un-climate-summit-new-form-colonialism MMIW & the resource extraction industry: https://www.indigenousclimateaction.com/entries/for-immediate-release-indigenous-led-action-in-memory-of-missing-murdered-indigenous-women-and-relatives