Will Cole-Hamilton, Betty Tate and Kai Nagata are the guest speakers at World Community’s next climate crisis series instalment. Photos supplied

Courtenay climate crisis series continues with panel discussion

Young people are striking across the globe. British Columbians are beginning to realize the climate crisis isn’t coming; it’s here.

World Community’s four-part series Addressing the Climate Crisis: Activism, Adaptation, and Resilience continues on Tuesday, Sept. 17, 7 p.m. at Upper Native Sons’ Hall with Let’s Talk about the Climate Crisis, a climate communications panel covering issues from personal health to collective political action.

Betty Tate is a member of the Canadian Association of Nurses for the Environment and Comox Valley Nurses for Health and the Environment.

She’s seen first-hand how climate change harms Canadians. She will describe the dual role health care professionals play helping the mental and physical well being of individuals and influencing policymakers to achieve better health for all.

Will Cole-Hamilton is a trained climate communicator with a background in law and business. He is a core member of the communication team at Climate Caucus, a national network of mayors, councillors and representatives dedicated to action on the climate crisis. He’ll build on previous presentations to World Community, NIC, the Youth Environmental Action group and students at Queen’s University to describe how communities can effectively communicate with each other about climate.

Kai Nagata is Dogwood’s director of communications. Since 2007 Dogwood has been fighting to limit fossil fuel expansion. That’s placed the organization in the crosshairs of powerful corporations and governments who would like nothing more than for this issue to go away.

He will illuminate how communities can come together to serve elected officials with notice that the days of inaction on climate are over.

A Q&A session will follow panel presentations. Admission by donation.

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