East Toronto Chapter - Climate Change, COVID-19, and Communication

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The objective of the seminar is to discuss and underline the importance of communication and how it links climate change with COVID-19.

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Climate change is a global urgent issue and its impact is being felt in the majority parts of the world. Studies and research show that the actual estimate indicate an increase of the temperature by about 2°C by the end of this century. To effectively face this issue, individuals have the most important role to play by adapting new behaviors that are friendly to the climate. The adaptation is crucial and strongly depends on the way and the type of the information that is being communicated to those individuals.

“Matthew Hoffmann, Professor, University of Toronto and Katie Sullivan, Managing Director, IETA” will be discussing the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the environment and the linkages with the climate change issue and how important is communication during the pandemic time of COVID-19. The target is to face the issue and to look for possible solutions including changing people behaviors and being more aware about the emergency of considering seriously the issue related to climate change.


6:59 Announce that the meeting will begin in 1 minute

7:00 Welcome: Introduction

7:02 First Speaker: Matthew Hoffmann

7:05 First Presentation - “COVID-19, Climate Change, and the Imperative of Just Transition”

7:25 Second Speaker: Katie Sullivan

7:28 Second Presentation

7:48 Q & A

8:08 Table Topic

8:28 Conclusion

8:30 Adjourn the meeting

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Katie serves as Managing Director of IETA, the global multi-sector business voice for the intersection of markets and climate change. On behalf of IETA’s 150+ corporate members, Katie leads efforts to inform market solutions to address environmental challenges across the Americas and globally. She also manages IETA’s growing climate finance, aviation, and digital innovation sustainability initiatives. Katie currently sits on the Global Steering Committee for the World Bank’s Carbon Pricing Leadership Coalition (CPLC), Boards of the Climate Action Reserve (CAR) and the International Carbon Capture & Storage (CCS) Knowledge Centre, and Advisory Panels for Canada’s Institute for Clean Growth & Climate Change, the Ivey Foundation, and Blockchain for Climate Foundation. Prior to IETA, Katie worked as a Senior Consultant at ICF International. In 2019, Katie was recognized as a Clean16 and Clean50 award recipient for contributing to Clean Capitalism Leadership in Canada.


Matthew Hoffmann is a Professor in the Department of Political Science at UTSC, a member of the tri-campus graduate Department of Political Science, and co-director of the Environmental Governance Lab at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy. He is also co-editor of the flagship journal Global Environmental Politics, and a lead faculty member in the Earth Systems Governance network, the largest social science network dedicated to the study of sustainability. His research on multilevel climate change politics has been published in 3 books, an edited volume, and over 50 journal articles and book chapters. It includes studies of climate governance experimentation, equity and justice in climate governance, the politics of decarbonization, carbon markets, urban climate governance, and multilateral negotiations. His work has been funded through grants from SSHRC, Smart Prosperity, the US National Science Foundation, and the Leverhulme Foundation. Beyond the academy, Professor Hoffmann regularly engages publicly through Op-eds, media appearances, and public lectures, and he is the chair of the board of the environmental NGO, Green Economy Canada.

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