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BCSEA Victoria - Blue Carbon, Climate and the Oceans

Chapter Meeting
Oct 15 2012 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Join the BCSEA Victoria Chapter on Monday October 15

Where: 875 North Park Street, Victoria (at Quadra)
When: Monday Oct 15, 7:00 – 9:00 PM
What: BCSEA Victoria Chapter -  Blue Carbon, Climate and the Oceans
Who: Dr. Colin Campbell, Marine Campaign Coordinator and Science Advisor to the Sierra Club of BC

Climate change impacts associated with a 2 degree C average temperature increase occupy a threshold between dangerous and extremely dangerous, and there is a very high likelihood of average temperature increases into the 4-6 degree C range.  
In the context of increasing atmospheric CO2 levels, rising oceanic temperature and increasing acidity, all sinks for carbon achieve crucial importance. There is a growing movement to preserve the carbon sequestered in marine sediments and associated ecosystems by paying carbon offsets.

Colin Campbell will discuss how these offsets could be structured based on the REDD+ (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation) protocols for forests (i.e. commercial offsets for preserved, non-additional, carbon), and how they could apply to coastal opportunities in B.C.

For more about REDD protocols, see http://www.theredddesk.org/

For more on Dr. Campbell's work see http://www.sierraclub.bc.ca/publications/scbc-reports/Blue%20carbon%20bc%20report%20final_web.pdf

Presenter: Dr. Colin Campbell

Dr. Campbell has analysed the faunal evidence of environmental change following the arrival of humans in Australia and the central Pacific. He studied environmental law for two years at the Australian National University before returning to Canada in 1998. He was Forest Caucus Coordinator for the BC Environmental Network from 2000-2003, and elected Chair of the Board of the Sierra Club of BC in 2004.  Later in 2004 became, and is still Marine Campaign Coordinator at Sierra Club of BC, and Science Advisor to the Sierra Club of BC.
Presently, Colin's time is occupied with climate change outreach on behalf of the Sierra Club and climate change issues in the context of Marine Use Planning.

Venue accessible, with ramps.

Admission free, no registration required, public welcome.