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TerreWEB Seminar: UN COP 20 and The Craft of Policy (Christopher Carter: TerreWEB Scholar)

March 17, 2015


Christopher Carter: TerreWEB Scholar

 Thursday, March 19th

 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm

 Room MCML 260

 Everyone welcome!


The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change twentieth Conference of Parties (COP20) in Lima Peru marked a critical moment in the development of an international binding agreement to curb dangerous anthropogenic impacts on global climate and garner support for adaptation in vulnerable nations. While many criticize UN climate change negotiations as ineffectual and problematic, the environmental treaty process is unparalleled in its universal membership and remains one of the only venues to negotiate climate futures.  This past December, TerreWEB scholar Christopher Carter had the opportunity to witness these climate negotiations first hand and participate as an academic researcher and representative of Polar Bears International, the Youth Arctic Coalition and International Institute for Sustainable Development in topical working groups. Christopher will share his images and experiences, offering an illustration of the interface between evidence (both scientific and indigenous) and value-laden political systems in the creation of climate policy. The presentation will illustrate the tangible headway made to date in UN negotiations, highlights from Lima and opportunities for global change research to inform policy on the path to Paris.

Finally in the spirit of successfully translating global change research into policy, the presentation will end with a professional development workshop where attendees can explore the art and science of translating their own research into a concise policy memo. It is highly recommended to come prepared with current or past research work that you are interested in translating into public or natural resource management policy.


Christopher Carter is a 2nd year masters student in the School of Community and Regional Planning at the University of British Columbia with a background in applied anthropology and visual communications.  As a regional planning researcher, his current research explores social vulnerability and flood risk management in Strait of Georgia coastal communities. As a documentary filmmaker he has completed over fifty films in ten languages. A portfolio of his film and regional planning projects can be found at cj-carter.com.  His active research can be followed on Instagram and Twitter (@cjvisualpolicy).

The Spring Seminar Series Schedule can be found here.

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