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A transformational moment

Global reset & the future of hope

Date & time
Thursday, March 24, 2022
1 p.m. – 2 p.m.

Bob Sandford


This event is free and open to the public


Pedro Peres-Neto



One crisis does not end simply because of the arrival of another. There are a lot of problems backed up behind the COVID dam and this heartbreaking and unnecessary war in Ukraine. From this presentation, which occurs during World Water Week, you will learn that it is entirely possible to restore the world and bring about climate stability. We know what to do and how to do it. There is hope, but we are rapidly running out of time before, by way of our needs and numbers, we push planetary boundaries beyond points of no return, threatening much of life on Earth. We live in a transformational moment in which a new and better world is within our grasp. We must seize that moment.  

About the speaker

Robert (Bob) Sandford is the Global Water Futures Chair in Water and Climate Security at the United Nations.  He is also a Fellow of the Centre for Hydrology at the University of Saskatchewan and of the Biogeoscience Institute at the University of Calgary, and also a senior policy advisor for the Adaptation to Climate Change team at Simon Fraser University.  He is also a member of the Forum for Leadership on Water (FLOW), a national water policy research group centred in Toronto. In 2011, Robert was honoured with the Premier’s award for his collaboration on the Northwest Territories water stewardship strategy. He has authored or co-author numerous books on a range of Canadian and global water issues, including Cold Matters: The State & Fate of Canada’s Snow and Ice; Flood Forecast: Climate Risk & Resilience in Canada; The Columbia River Treaty: A Primer; The Climate Nexus: Water, Food, Energy and Biodiversity; and Storm Warning: Water & Climate Security in a Changing Canada.  

This talk will be presented in hybrid mode. In person, it will be held at the Concordia Loyola Campus GE building (room GE-110). It will also be available online here.  

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