VSBSC 2022: SCOPE

Our annual conference is finally back in person! Join us on Monday, April 25th for a day filled with exciting activities, presentations and discussions surrounding climate change, sustainability, and education! The conference will feature performances, speeches from a panel of established environmental advocates, interactive workshops, an NGO fair and more!

A FREE lunch will be provided to all attendees, courtesy of Chau Veggie and Virtuous Pie.

As we reflect on the multiple events that have occurred in the past few years, we want to highlight the scope of diverse places where you can find sustainability – not only in science or law, but also in mental health, fashion, and business. Through the diverse workshops we’re offering, the wide range of activities being held at the conference, and the different perspectives we will be listening to and learning from, we aim to give attendees the chance to explore the various facets of climate education and activism.

Meet the Panelists!

Lilah Williamson

Climate Activist

Lilah Williamson is a 17-year-old high school student and climate activist. She started organizing climate strikes in Vancouver in 2019, before co-founding the youth climate organizations Sustainabiliteens and Climate Strike Canada. Lilah co-organized the September 27 climate strike that mobilized over a million people across the country. In 2022, Lilah co-founded the organization Youth Stop TMX and aims to mobilize high school students to stop the Trans-Mountain Pipeline Expansion.

Dr. Love-Ese Chile

Researcher and Consultant

Dr. Love-Ese Chile is the Owner and Technical Director of circular waste research and testing company Regenerative Waste Labs. She is a sustainable material researcher whose focus is on developing circular bioeconomy-based solutions that recover value-added products from organic waste. Dr. Chile is a vocal supporter of sustainability, green chemistry and community-driven science. As a person who comes from diverse backgrounds both personally and professionally, Dr. Chile is driven to connect people who may not usually come together in order to co-create products and services that will lead our communities into a greener and more equitable future.

Michael T. Schmitt

Professor

Michael T. Schmitt is a professor of social psychology at Simon Fraser University, where he has worked since 2005.  Michael teaches courses and conducts research on the application of social psychology to climate change. In particular, he is interested in understanding what motivates people to engage in activism and work for social change. Michael doesn’t just study environmental activism, but engages in it as well. Michael enjoys playing the ukulele and reading sci-fi.

Mingyuk Chen

Architect

Born in Hong Kong, Mingyuk is a graduate of McGill University School of Architecture, with over 15 years of project experience including many innovative Mass Timber projects and airports. Working on award-winning projects such as the recently completed Catalyst Building in Spokane, WA, Mingyuk led the architectural design team from concept to completion. The Wood Innovation Design Centre, where Mingyuk was the project manager overseeing the construction, was the tallest mass timber building in the world at the time of completion in 2015. Mingyuk is an accomplished technical designer with an incredible mind for detail, coordination, and quality control. She is passionate about sustainable architecture that improves the quality of the occupants, the community, and the planet. Mingyuk, a (self-proclaimed) foodie is also an all-weather cycling enthusiast. She can often be found hiking with my son in first grade, who she claims to have given birth to on her bike while riding to the hospital!

Introducing Shyama

Guest presenter on Powwow Dance

I  began my journey of learning to pow wow dance as teen. Dancing helped me in many ways to build confidence, it gave me a purpose and gave me a sense of self. I am Celtic Icelandic and Indigenous descent from my mothers side, which from my understanding is Cree. From my late dads side I am Bihari. Having mixed heritage and questions being raised about identity, I have had to ask myself why I dance? There are many people who feel lost and unsure of where they come from or where they fit in. Dancing  connected me to my spirit. It connected me to a part of myself that goes beyond the physical reality. My daughter who is a mix of Mohawk, Bajan and my mix is one of the main reasons I feel inspired to share the teachings. Sometimes we meet people who see something in us, that we don’t see in ourselves. When I met Coast Salish dancer Curtis Joe over 20 years ago, aka my uncle, he sat down beside me and invited me to join pow wow dance class. He showed me the importance of having a instructor who takes the time to help others realize their own potential. By taking the time to teach the steps as well as the meanings behind the dances we can then pass those on to others. My mom is gifted in design and colour combining, she has designed and made all my regalia. Our gifts are our blessings and to honor our gifts, we must share them. Learning to dance changed my life and even if one person finds connection to themselves by learning then I feel I have honored what was shared with me.

Workshop Descriptions

Fashion Takes Action – Less-Is-More: Fashion Takes Action (FTA) is a non-profit organisation established in 2007 to advance sustainability in the fashion industry through education, awareness, research and collaboration. We achieve this through programming such as our annual WEAR Conference, our Sustainable Fashion Toolkit, My Clothes My World – our youth education program, through research and collaborative projects on circularity, as well as speaking engagements and global awareness campaigns. This workshop will cover some of the serious social and environmental issues of the fast fashion industry, the current economic structure and values that encourage these issues, and look at possibilities for a better way forward.

UBC Climate Hub- To address rising eco-anxiety among youth, the Youth Climate Ambassadors Project (YCAP) workshops help students turn their emotions about climate change into a compelling story to call others to action! This workshop, delivered by university students from the UBC Climate Hub, helps students develop hope and agency through powerful examples of storytelling making real change. Students will be equipped with the knowledge and skills to develop personal stories relating to climate justice and community agency to help them overcome their eco-anxiety.

Ocean BridgeJoin the Ocean Bridge Team to learn about some of our amazing youth programs and explore how our research teams are monitoring whale health in the Salish Sea. Students will get a basic understanding of how to identify whales, their behavioural ecology, research methods such as photogrammetry, genetic analysis and pollution tracking, as well as how they can join citizen science efforts to protect local populations. This hands-on workshop will include the following activities:

  • How to Identify Whales, Plot Sightings and Analyse Spatial Data
  • Genetic Analysis of Killer Whale Populations
  • How to reduce Ship Strikes through the WhaleReport App

FarmFolk CityFolk – Seed Stewardship: FarmFolk CityFolk and Farm2School have partnered with a number of schools to introduce the concept of seed stewardship.  This hands-on pilot project involves a series of workshops about the importance of seed stewardship.  We will help students select varieties to plant and facilitate the planting and harvesting of a seed crop and the sharing of the seeds through a seed library network. Seeds are a shared living resource providing a bridge between past and future generations.  Proper stewardship of seeds is crucial to developing a climate-adapted food system.  Come and learn how you can become a seed steward.

Lori Snyder – Can you consider plants as your teacher? (**morning session only): Let’s explore the teachings of plant wisdom and how Indigenous People have a deep relationship with the lands and water that they call their home.  How do we move away from being egocentric to kincentric?  Do you see the world as living?  Do we recognize that everything that exists has a right to be here?  How can we reorient ourselves back into the right relations, empower our responsibility, learn the practices of reciprocity and have reverence for our Mother the Earth? Let’s meet our native, wild and medicinal plants and rebuild, regenerate and remember who we are – Guests and Stewards of our living world.

Nada- For most people, grocery stores are the vehicle that connects them to their food. Grocery stores thus play a crucial role in transforming the food system, and have a unique opportunity to better connect people to their food and help them make more sustainable food choices.Nada, a package-free grocery delivery service on a mission to connect people to just food, championing a community food system will be in attendance to share more about our local food system, how package-free shopping works and what small actions people can take today to make a difference. Nada will be hosting a workshop on the overlap between package-free shopping and climate change, to help foster the next generation of climate change champions!

Society Promoting Environmental Conservation (SPEC) – Exploring Climate Friendly Gardening and Seeding Techniques (**afternoon session only): In this interactive workshop, learn some principles of organic gardening that can help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and learn which plants to choose when starting a garden whether in a small space or community garden. Participants will learn about sustainable planting options instead of plastic and create soil blocks to plant seeds! A mini seed library will be available to take additional seeds with you for your home garden.

Carbon Engineering – Carbon Engineering Ltd. (CE) is a private company formed in 2009 in Calgary, AB to develop and commercialize technology that can capture large quantities of CO2 directly from atmospheric air. This is known as Direct Air Capture, or DAC. The captured CO2 can then be sequestered underground for permanent geological storage. CE has been operating the DAC process since 2015 at our pilot facility in Squamish, BC and have recently finished construction on a fully-integrated Innovation and Research & Development Center located in Squamish. In this workshop Heidi Hui and Alanna Goobie will take the students through a presentation on CE and DAC technology, followed by an interactive experiment demonstrating the importance of DAC in climate change solutions and the path to net zero.

ABC Recycling – The Circular Economy of Scrap Metal – Every year, millions of tons of metal enter our landfills, taking up a substantial amount of space in our landfills. ABC Recycling helps alleviate this issue by recycling 500,000 tons of metal throughout our various locations. ABC Recycling largest Metal Recycling Company in Western Company. Join this workshop to learn about the dynamic, sustainable and green energy industry of scrap metal recycling and how it plays a very important role in global recycling and maximizing the “circular loop” of products.

Scope Attendee Schedule

TimeEventLocation
9:30am – 9:55amRegistration and Check-InSchool Entrance
9:55am – 10:10amOpening remarks + Land acknowledgment 
Coast Salish anthem choir performance
Auditorium
10:10am – 10:45amGuest PanelAuditorium
10:45am – 10:55amTransition period (Panel to Workshop #1)
10:55am – 12:00pmWorkshop #1 2nd Floor Classrooms
12:00pm – 12:10pmTransition period (Workshop #1 to Lunch)
12:10pm – 12:40pmLunch (Courtesy of Chau Veggie and Virtuous Pie)Cafeteria/Garden
12:40pm – 1:20pmNGO FairGym
1:20pm – 1:30pmTransition period (NGO Fair to Workshop #2)
1:30pm – 2:35pmWorkshop #22nd Floor Classrooms
2:35pm – 2:45pmTransition period (Workshop #2 to Closing Activities)
2:45pm – 3:05pmIndigenous-Led dance activityGym
3:05pm – 3:30pmScavenger Hunt competition (Kahoot)
Giveaway winners announced
Closing Remarks
Gym