Future of the North, Future of Nigeria


On this week’s episode of Terra Informa, we interview one of the world’s leading climate change scientists on the future of the North. Then we have a piece from Climate Radio discussing the climate challenges facing Nigerian communities, accelerated by deforestation.

Laurence C. Smith and the Future of the North

How will the combination of a booming global population, climate change, and rising sea levels transform the world? To Laurence C. Smith, one of the world’s leading climate scientists, the North is set for major gains. Smith will give audiences a glimpse into the future, and describes the world that we are leaving to our children and grandchildren — one that is wholly different from the world we know today.

The Ordeal of Mitigating Climate Change in Nigeria

Forest communities in Cross River State in the southeast Nigeria are losing rights and livelihoods as their forests are being locked down by the government which seeks increased revenues through a United Nations backed ‘carbon trading’ scheme that promises to pay cash for projects that claim to preserve forests to alleviate global climate change.

With deforestation believed to be responsible for about a fifth of global greenhouse gas emissions, the Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+) mechanism was introduced through the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) to focus on  controlling the rate of deforestation from logging and degradation.

Social Action, an NGO fighting for the rights of indigenous people in Nigeria, is one of the civil society organizations at the COP22.

Ken Henshaw from Climate Radio enlightens us the ordeal faced by communities in the cross river state of Nigeria.

What’s Happening

19th Annual Wildlights Festival

In Kamloops, BC, throughout December The BC Wildlife Park will be hosting their 19th annual Wildlights Festival. Great for kids, there will be a scavenger hunt, a family farm, a maze, lights, and even visiting with Santa Claus. Tickets range from $8 to $12 for single admissions, to $45 for a full family pass.

Planning for Climate Change

On Tuesday, December 13th, in Haliburton, Ontario, marine biologist Peter Sale will be speaking about how communities can prepare for climate change. Hear how the Muskoka Watershed Council developed its report, how its recommendations were received, and what actions are being planned or taking place already. The presentation will take place at Haliburton United Church at 7:30.

Intro to Camp Cooking

On Thursday, December 15th in Edmonton, Alberta, MEC will be hosting a free camp cooking skills workshop at 7 PM at the MEC Edmonton South location.  Learn about stoves, fuel and cooking for different activites. MEC will also share some of their top-secret tried and tested recipes.

Celebrate Winter Solstice at Stanley Park

On Sunday, December 18th in Vancouver, BC from here will be a winter solstice walk and an Indigenous Solstice dinner. From 1:30-3:30, you can explore the history and customs of mid-winter festivals on a two hour walk through Stanley Park. See the plants that have played pivotal roles in the traditions and decorations that we associate with the holiday season, and hear stories from different cultural traditions surrounding the shortest day of the year. Meet at Lost Lagoon Lakehouse. Tickets range from $5 to $12.50 for members or non-members.

Later in the evening, there will be a fundraising Indigenous dinner for Stanley Park Ecology Society’s education programs. Tickets are $75, and this fundraiser evening’s narratives tell the story of solstice through a First Nations perspective. This event has a set menu with locally-sourced, indigenous dishes.

Image Credit: Jeff Schmaltz – NASA Earth Observatory via Wikipedia

Download the program log here.


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