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Saturday, October 19 • 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Imagining a Zero-Carbon Future

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Getting to a Zero-Carbon world could reduce some of the damage that we will face in the next 30 years, and will contribute to remediating our climate. One obstacle to getting to a Zero-Carbon Future is a difficulty in imagining what that world and lifestyle would look like? What industries would need to shrink or vanish? What kinds of energy efficiencies will we need in homes, offices, schools? How much would transport need to be reduced, in import/export terms for economies and in personal travel? What incentives and requirements need to be built into our education, legal and tax systems to influence behavior? Journalists, futurists and science fiction writers have important roles in helping society imagine possible futures. Join this exercise in looking forward. All ideas discussed are open season for audience writers to take and run with.

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L.X. Beckett

Toronto author and editor L.X. Beckett frittered their misbegotten youth working as an actor and theater technician in Southern Alberta before deciding to make a shift into writing science fiction. Their first novella, “Freezing Rain, a Chance of Falling,” appeared in the July/August... Read More →

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Mark Robinson

Mark Robinson is a Canadian adventurer, storm chaser, and meteorologist. Recently named as one of Canada’s Top 100 Explorers by Canadian Geographic, he is also a Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographic Society. Mark has chased (and has been chased) by tornadoes across Canada and... Read More →
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Stephen Leahy

Biosphere Journalist, National Geographic, etc
Travelled to a lot of weird and wonderful places, met astonishing diversity of people in 25 years reporting on our biosphere - the thin layer of life that supports us - and our interactions with it. Happy to talk about freelancing, media, science, climate, nature, oceans, and lots... Read More →
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Rick Overwater

Rick Overwater is a Calgary-based journalist, fiction author, and nationally distributed recording artist/songwriter. His latest graphic novel, Futility: Orange Planet Horror is currently shortlisted for a 2019 Aurora Award in the graphic novel category. His latest short story, “House... Read More →
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Lynne Sargent

Lynne Sargent is a writer, aerialist, and Ph.D student currently studying at the University of Waterloo. Her work has been published in venues such as Strange Horizons, Wild Musette, and Twisted Moon Magazine, among others. She was a 2018 Rhysling and 2018 Aurora Award Nominee.

Saturday October 19, 2019 3:00pm - 3:50pm EDT
Penthouse A - 75 seats