Brampton, Canada

World Wide Views on Biodiversity - Canada

Venues and Contact:
  • Calgary, AB: University of Calgary Downtown Campus 906 – 8th Avenue SW T2P 1H9, Event Centre Rooms A,B,C
    Kate Morrison, kejmorri@ucalgary.ca, 403-220-3925
  • Montreal, QC – Concordia University, Sir George Williams Campus (downtown campus), Henry F. Hall Building, Room H-765, 1455 De Maisonneuve W. H3G 1M8
    Shirley Tran, ls.tran@concordia.ca
  • Toronto, ON – David Suzuki Secondary School, 45 Daviselm Drive, Brampton, ON L6X0Z3
    Jasmin Adams, jasmin.adams@mainstreambiodiversity.ca

On Saturday September 15th 2012, thousands of people around the world will take part in a global event: “World Wide Views on Biodiversity”. The project will engage ordinary citizens in as many countries as possible in the process of policymaking and awareness raising to sustain a living and healthy planet. At least a hundred citizens in each participating country will attend day-long meetings to learn about biodiversity issues, make up their minds about them, and express their views. The meetings will start at dawn in the Pacific and continue until dusk in the Americas. All meetings will have the same agenda and use the same approach in order to make results comparable and useful for policymakers gathering the following month in India to discuss future policy measures for preserving biological diversity.
The University of Calgary, Concordia University and The Halton Peel BioDiversity Network are the national organisers of the WWViews day in Calgary AB, Montreal QC and Toronto ON in Canada.
From the Department of Communications and Culture at the University of Calgary, the Alberta team’s involvement is rooted in further exploring the role of publics and stakeholders in public policy deliberations and decision-making, with a special interest in studying the relationship between science, technology and society.
The goal of the Halton Peel BioDiversity Network (HPBDN) is to help mainstream the values and benefits of BioDiversity and raise awareness of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) within Halton and Peel. The HPBDN enables communities to understand and contribute to International, National and local efforts for BioDiversity. The HPBDN promotes the CBD’s Decade for Biodiversity (2011-2020) and implements programmes that will help to reach the Aichi targets and goals set out by the CBD by 2020. Visit www.mainstreambiodiversity.ca to learn more.
World Wide Views Canada on Biodiversity, Montreal, will be led by the Concordia Science Journalism Project and its associated projects. Housed at Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec, the Concordia Science Journalism Project studies science journalism and deliberative methods of public engagement with biotechnology. Visit www.csjp.ca and http://pep.concordia.ca to learn more.