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Friends Program Room
The Biosphere Institute of the Bow Valley and the Canmore Public Library Presents: Earth Talks

Community Oriented Environmental Speakers and Conversations 

Disaster Preparedness in a Changing Climate

Join us with Caitlin Miller, Director of Emergency Management for the Town of Canmore, at the Canmore Public Library for their presentation "Disaster Preparedness in a Changing Climate."

This Earth Talks event, with the Biosphere Institute of the Bow Valley, will take place on Monday, June 17th in the Friends Program Room at 7:00pm.

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About Disaster Preparedness in a Changing Climate:
Caitlin Miller from the Town of Canmore will be joining us to talk about all things disaster preparedness.

Attendees will learn:

  • How the Town of Canmore prepares for disasters
  • How a changing climate affects the way municipalities prepare for disasters
  • What actions attendees can take to be prepared for disasters

After their presentation, Caitlin will lead a discussion with attendees covering things like personal emergency plans, what you might do if you need to evacuate when you don't have your vehicle with you, what supplies you might need to bring with you during an evacuation, and more.

About the Presenter:

Caitlin Miller is the Director of Emergency Management for the Town of Canmore. Having grown up in Canmore, Caitlin sees the effects of a changing climate and is keen to help her community be prepared in the face of new or increasingly frequent hazards. Caitlin incorporates the climate emergency into her municipal emergency management planning and believes that the quickly changing climate is making it challenging for local communities to adequately prepare for the impact of natural hazards. Caitlin has a Masters of Public Safety from Wilfrid Laurier University and a passion for lifelong learning.

What is Earth Talks?
Earth Talks is a collaborative partnership with the Biosphere Institute of the Bow Valley, to bring you monthly environmental speakers and conversations relevant to our community.

On one Monday evening each month, we will be joined by Biosphere staff in the Friends Program Room at 7:00pm for an Earth Talk. Earth Talks will typically be held on the third Monday of the month, with a few exceptions.

Admission is free, with donations graciously accepted.

Get inspired to learn more about the world around us and what we can do to preserve it!

Upcoming Earth Talks:

Previous Earth Talks:

Climate Engineering: Restoration Ecology or Another Step to a Dystopian Technofuture?

Join us with David Keith, founder of Carbon Engineering, at the Canmore Public Library for their presentation "Climate Engineering: Restoration Ecology or Another Step to a Dystopian Technofuture?"

This Earth Talks event, with the Biosphere Institute of the Bow Valley, will take place on Monday, May 13th in the Friends Program Room at 7:00pm.

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About Climate Engineering:
Geoengineering considers dispersing particles into the Earth's atmosphere to slow global warming. Dr. Keith will share his work around geoengineering and carbon removal, considering both climate science and environmental politics, and answer questions from attendees.

Attendees will learn:

● A basic intro to solar geoengineering and carbon removal
● Climate context
● Environmental politics

About the Presenter:

David Keith has worked near the interface between climate science, energy technology, and public policy since 1990. He took first prize in Canada’s national physics prize exam, won MIT’s prize for excellence in experimental physics, and was one of TIME Magazine’s Heroes of the Environment. David is Professor of Geophysical Sciences and founding faculty director of the Climate Systems Engineering initiative at University of Chicago.

Best known for his work on the science, technology, and public policy of solar geoengineering, David led the development of Harvard’s Solar Geoengineering Research Program before moving to Chicago in 2023. His policy work has ranged from analysis of electricity markets and carbon prices to research on public and expert perceptions of risky technologies. David’s hardware work includes the first interferometer for atoms, a high-accuracy infrared spectrometer for NASA’s ER-2, the development of Carbon Engineering’s air contactor, and the development of a stratospheric propelled balloon experiment for solar geoengineering.

David founded Carbon Engineering, a Canadian company developing technology to capture CO2 from ambient air. David teaches science and technology policy, climate science, and solar geoengineering. He has reached > 150,000 students worldwide with an edX energy course. David is author of >200 academic publications with a total citation count of >20,000. He has written for the public in op-eds and A Case for Climate Engineering.

Eco Education & Upcycling Adventures with Timberline Academy!

Join us with Timberline Alpine Academy at the Canmore Public Library for their presentation "Eco Education & Upcycling Adventures with Timberline Academy!"

This Earth Talks event, with the Biosphere Institute of the Bow Valley, will take place on Monday, April 22nd in the Friends Program Room at 7:00pm.

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About Eco Education & Upcycling Adventures:
Attendees will learn about:

  • How local college students are engaging in the community
  • How to turn old socks, skis, and climbing gear into useful items! 
  • How other people in the community need/want to reduce waste

After their presentation, there will be discussions around how we can reduce waste, barriers we may face when it comes to waste reduction, and what waste reduction programs, initiative, events & services you want to see in our community!

About the Presenter:

Timberline Alpine Academy is a vocational College based in Mini Hrpa (Banff). They provide programming for about 70 students per season, age 18 and up, from Canada and around the world. Their programming includes ski instructor certification, avalanche skills training, wilderness first aid, indigenous relations, ecology and more! Their goal is to foster a well rounded outdoor community that values both technical training and a deep appreciation for ecology, community, and history.

First year students explore their impacts on community and ecology through hands on research projects that you can hear about tonight and all this week!

How Do My Food Scraps Become Compost in the Bow Valley?

Join us with Shannon Ripley, Professional Agrologist, at the Canmore Public Library for her presentation "How Do My Food Scraps Become Compost in the Bow Valley?"

This Earth Talks event, with the Biosphere Institute of the Bow Valley, will take place on Monday, March 18th in the Friends Program Room at 7:00pm.

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About How Do My Food Scraps Become Compost:
Attendees will learn about:

  • The journey food scraps take from when you collect them at home, work or school to when they become finished compost that is applied to agricultural fields;
  • Why separate food scraps for composting?
  • The fascinating role of the ‘soil superheroes’ (microorganisms) that carry out the decomposition process

This Earth Talks is in partnership with the Canmore Museum who have a current exhibit titled, "Soil Superheroes"!

About the Presenter:

Shannon Ripley is trained as a soil scientist (M.Sc.) and environmental scientist (B.Sc.) and is a Professional Agrologist. Shannon has over 15 years of experience planning, implementing and evaluating composting and waste diversion programs and policies in collaboration with municipal and territorial governments, Indigenous governments, non-profit organizations and farmers. She is self-employed, and currently working with communities in Alberta, BC and the Northwest Territories, including on projects in the Bow Valley. Shannon is a mom of two children, ages five and eight, and loves the composting and gardening adventures she now enjoys with them.

Build Your Own Indoor Air Filter with Karen Rollins

Join us with Karen Rollins, President of Bow Valley Clean Air Society, at the Canmore Public Library to learn how to Build Your Own Indoor Air Filter!

This Earth Talks event, in partnership with the Biosphere Institute of the Bow Valley, will take place on Monday, February 12th in the Friends Program Room at 6:00pm.

About Build Your Own Indoor Air Filter:
Attendees will:

  • Learn why indoor air filtration is needed: to filter virus and wildfire smoke
  • Be shown three inexpensive designs of DIY indoor air filters
  • View a demonstration of how to build an indoor air filter
  • Build their own air filter on-site to take home (Materials will be provided to those who are registered)

After a short presentation, instructions on how to build an air filter will be handed out, and a demonstration on how to build an air filter will be given. Materials will be provided (as part of the registration fee) for participants to build and take home their own indoor air filter!

This event requires registration and has a cost of $106.77 to cover the material costs. All materials required to build your own indoor air filter will be provided at the event.

Only 16 spots are available - you must register through this Eventbrite link to confirm your spot.

You will still be able to join via Zoom if you'd like to watch the presentation to learn how to build an air filter at home with your own materials.

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About the Presenter:

Karen Rollins is President of Bow Valley Clean Air Society

BVCAS is a volunteer non-profit Society based in Canmore. It was established in 2002. They monitor air quality in the Bow Valley and work with community organizations, all levels of government, businesses and individuals to continuously improve the air quality in the Bow Valley.

Thank you to Canadian Tire in Canmore for their support in this event.

Join Dr. Hilary Young, Director of Communities and Conservation, Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative, at the Canmore Public Library for their presentation "Wildlife Corridors in the Bow Valley: The Good, the Bad, and the Future."

This Earth Talks event, in partnership with the Biosphere Institute of the Bow Valley, will take place on Monday, January 15th in the Friends Program Room at 7:00pm.

Registration is now closed as we are fully booked! You can still join us virtually via Zoom live during the event. See the Zoom link to join below.

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About Wildlife Corridors in the Bow Valley:
Attendees will learn about:

  • What are wildlife corridors, why are they important, and why do I hear so much about them in the Bow Valley?
  • What characteristics must wildlife corridors have to keep wildlife populations healthy and resilient?
  • How do we keep our corridors functional in the face of future pressureAbout the Presenter:
    Hilary Young is a Canmore local and conservation professional with almost a decade of experience working to protect and connect habitat in western Canada. Shortly after completing her PhD in Ecology at the University of Calgary, Hilary was thrilled to find work at the Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative (Y2Y) that blends her passion for the beautiful Rocky Mountains with her background in ecology and conservation biology.

Now, as Director of Communities and Conservation for Y2Y, Hilary and her team engage a wide range of communities for solutions that benefit nature and people. This includes working with residents and Indigenous and non-Indigenous decision-makers to support key planning decisions; partnering with recreation and tourism organizations to limit impacts of their industries; and collaborating with local communities to listen, learn and implement solutions that promote human-wildlife coexistence.

Before taking the new role in the Communities and Conservation program a year ago, Hilary was the Director of Y2Y’s Alberta program. Her team focused on wildlife corridors and highway crossings in key regions like the Bow Valley to ensure that wide-ranging species like grizzly bears, wolves, and elk could move between and beyond protected areas. Central to Y2Y’s work is an equity- and justice-oriented lens so that the organization’s efforts benefit both nature and people within the greater Y2Y region.

Moderator: Gareth Thomson, Executive Director, Biosphere Institute of the Bow Valley.

Event dates

  • Monday, January 15, 2024 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
  • Monday, February 12, 2024 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
  • Monday, March 18, 2024 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
  • Monday, April 22, 2024 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
  • Monday, May 13, 2024 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
  • Monday, June 17, 2024 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
  • Monday, September 16, 2024 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
  • Monday, October 21, 2024 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
  • Monday, November 18, 2024 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
  • Monday, December 9, 2024 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
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