Climate justice acknowledges climate change can disproportionally impact disadvantaged and underprivileged populations. Inequalities based on demographic characteristics such as differences in age, race, gender, ethnicity, physical ability and income can increase the exposure of these groups to the harmful effects of climate change. How can we implement inclusive climate and energy policies in a way that is fair and benefits all members of society?
PIBC’s Climate Action Sub-Committee (of the Policy & Public Affairs Committee) oversees the coordination and implementation of advocacy work and activities related to climate change. Join Co-Chair Patricia Dehnel RPP, MCIP, and other guests for a frank discussion on the important issues of climate justice and the challenges of ensuring that planning policies are inclusive and fair for all.
Patricia (Trish) Dehnel RPP, MCIP
Co-Chair, PIBC’s Climate Action Sub-Committee
Community Relations Manager, Community Energy Association
Patricia Dehnel RPP MCIP, is a Community Energy Planner with Community Energy Association based in Nelson BC. CEA provides capacity support to local governments on energy management, planning and program implementation. Recent CEA projects include the “Climate Leaders Playbook: Solutions for a Zero Carbon Community”, regional EV charging networks and local Climate Action Plans. Previously she has been Kootenay Energy Diet Program Manager with FortisBC, Village of Slocan interim CAO and City of Nelson City Planner.
Anna Mathewson MCIP
Co-Chair, Canadian Urban Sustainability Practitioners (CUSP)
Anna Mathewson is co-chair of the Canadian Urban Sustainability Practitioners (CUSP), with membership from Canada’s large and leading cities, and the Director of Environmental Services for the City of Abbotsford where she oversees solid waste, source control, sustainability and climate action. She has been recognized as a member of Canada’s Clean 50 for her role as a sustainability leader in cities, and in 2019 was nominated for a Metro Vancouver YWCA Women of Distinction Award in the Environmental Sustainability category. Anna has a Master’s degree from SFU in Resource Management, and is a Member of the Canadian Institute of Planners (MCIP).
Sophia Yang Bsc
Founder & Director, Threading Change
WEF Global Shaper / Vancouver Hub
Sophia is the Founder & Executive Director of Threading Change, a youth-led ethical fashion organization working at the intersections of climate, gender, and racial justice in alignment with the necessary transition to a circular economy. She is a climate justice change changemaker who has worked for over a dozen environmental organizations ranging from federal government agencies, NGOs, industry, and academia. Sophia is the recipient of the Starfish Canada’s Top 25 Under 25 Environmentalists award in 2017 and 2018, and has attended the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 24 & 25) twice as a British Columbian Youth Delegate.