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We are the first generation to feel the impact of climate change and the last generation that can do something about it.  Governor Jay Inslee, Washington; cited by US President Barack Obama, 2014 September 23

IPCC Synthesis Report, 2014 November 1

CACOR lunch, What does the Paris Agreement achieve and what will it mean for Canada? Elizabeth May, M.P.

Wednesday May 11, 12-2pm at 149 Somerset Street West, Ottawa.  To register, please send an email to register on or before Monday May 9.

Memorial service for James (Jim) W. MacNeill at Beechwood 2016 April 25, 13h00 for 14h00.  For details, please click here.  For a tribute to this Canadian environmental policy leader, please click here.

CACOR Film Night at the Mayfair on April 14 was a great success: the theatre was filled to capacity , 5:40 p.m. for 6:05 p.m. Call of the Forest: the Forgotten Wisdom of Trees, featuring Diana Beresford-Kroeger, a well known scientist and environmentalist from the Rideau Valley. For the notice, please click here. Donations welcome.

CMOS, March 14: Global warming, ocean acidifcation, and the importance of shifting species interactions in coastal marine ecosystems, Dr. Chistopher Harley, UBC. For details and to register, please click here.

CACOR, March 9: Living the Limits to Growth: lessons from our ancestors on the commons, Heather Menzies.
For the invitation, please click 

here  To register, please send an email to CACOR lunch (cacor1974@gmail.com ) with "Lunch" in the subject line by March 7.

CACOR lunch, February 17, The Management of Nuclear Fuel Waste, Donald R. Wiles. For the invitation, please click here.  For a backgrounder: Environmental Assessment Report, please click hereTo register, please send an email to Register.

How did we get here? Click here for a paper on COP21 by Dr. John Stone, a member of sister association, Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society.

CACOR lunch, January 20, Learning to Live Differently - The Search for Values that will make a world of difference: a discussion led by 
Gabriela Gref Innis, 
Sheila Murray, and Lalith Gunaratne, Members of  CACOR.  
 To register, please send an email to Register  Please click  for the invitation.
CACOR lunch, December 2, Understanding Climate in Paris: Not a Lonely Planet Guide! Jamie Benidickson, Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa. To register, please send an email to Register  Please click here for the invitation.


Science and Democracy: the E4D Experimenthere are the slides Katie Gibbs used on April 15: E4D Katie Gibbs.pdf

Intervention made during the discussion: Another Barrier, by Robert Hoffman: Hoffman Sci&Democracy.pdf

Reports from Workshops at the 2014 CACOR AGM:
Governance IN Canadian Democracy
Do we have appropriate governance "IN" our Canadian democracy to achieve the goals for sustainability that we are seeking for the Commons? A synthesis report by Rick Findlay may be found here: Democracy Wksp.pdf

Local Action on Climate Change
This workshop developed six recommendations addressed to CACOR. The recommendations and a summary of the interventions  may be found here: Climate,AGM 2014.pdf

The only function of economic forecasting is to make astrology look respectable.

John Kenneth Galbraith

April 9 - 12 CACOR member Gregory Heming is running a Conference on Local ProsperityNew Economics for Rural Canada, Annapolis Basin, N.S.
Our current economic model, which requires unlimited economic growth through unlimited consumption, is prejudiced against the small.  A farmer once pointed out that an economy without limits is an economy without discipline.  The conference will feature examples of disciplined, rural prosperity in Canada and elsewhere.

CACOR lunch, November 19
How Higher Education is Ruining the Future, Peter Brown, Member of the Club of Rome.  Please click here for the notice. To register, please send an email to Register
Ecological Economics for the Anthropocene, by Peter G. Brown, just published: for the notice, click here

April 15: CACOR Lunch: Science and Democracy: the E4D Experiment; Katie Gibbs, Executive Director of Evidence for Democracy.  Here's the invitation: CACOR Notice 2015.04.15.pdf
Please RSVP by April 13.

This Changes Everything in Ottawa: Based on the book by Naomi Klein, and filmed over 211 shoot days in nine countries and five continents over four years, This Changes Everything is an epic attempt to re-imagine the vast challenge of climate change. The Ottawa premiere was held at the Mayfair Theatre on October 4. A regular engagement continues to October 15, details: Mayfair. 


Adicted to GrowthWe're addicted to growth: here are six ways to wean ourselves; for an OpEd piece by Graeme Maxton, Secretary General, Club of Rome, please click here.

Club of Rome won the IFAT Environmental Leadership Award on 2014 May 4. Click here to read the citation.

Needed: a new age of enlightenmentclick JGH9341,J.pdf

'Limits to Growth' vindicated;

 investment urged in 'circular 


To read articles about exhaustion of cheap mineral resources and limits to growth, published in the Guardian newspaper on 2014 June 4, click hereand here


Those global-warming deniers, arenicolous,

Come off as decidedly ridiculous

Like clueless ostriches collectively,

Their heads buried deep in sand.

What more hard evidence must empirical science muster

To quell the hard-headed, obfuscating skeptics’ bluster
As we watch scores of endangered species vanish forever
Ancient glacial ice rapidly melting,
Sea levels continuing to rise
Our blue planet’s fragile ozone layer dissolving

As Mother Nature plaintively cries?

Alex McCrae, Van Nuys, California

* Arenicolous: adjective: Living, growing, or burrowing in sand.

A.Word.A.Day, 2015 January 18