Danah Duke, Executive Director of the Miistakis Institute, and Alberta Ecotrust’s environmental nonprofit Board Co-Chair sat down with Intelligent Futures to talk about Citizen Science in the City on their 360 Degree City podcast:

People often think about cities as being separate from nature, but the reality is that cities are intimately connected to the natural systems that support life. There’s a concept called ‘ecological services’ that is worth understanding when we think about our cities. Basically, ecological services talk about the activities that naturally occur in nature – for example a wetland naturally cleans water; a tree naturally cleans the air – all for free. As more and more people move to cities, it is important to continually improve how we integrate our natural and urban systems. With all that in mind, we wanted to talk to someone who understands the relationship between natural systems and cities.

And, listen for the plug about the 2019 Environmental Gathering at the end of the podcast!

 

Networking Break Activity

Connecting Urban & Environmental Health

Intelligent Futures will be at the 2019 Environmental Gathering developing an on-site podcast! They’ll be asking participants about the important connections between environmental and urban health. Drawing on the wisdom from the delegates, this podcast will become a valuable artifact and takeaway from our work together at the Environmental Gathering. In the meantime, listen in to the podcast!

 

Be sure to drop by the podcast booth! Look for this activity in the program during the Networking Breaks on Thursday at 10:30 am and 3:00 pm, and Friday at 10:10 am and 2:15 pm. If you haven’t already, get your tickets to the 2019 Environmental Gathering!

 

Explore this environmental solution through the lens of these United Nations Sustainable Development Goals:

Alberta Ecotrust 2019 Environmental Gathering United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 9 Industry Innovation InfrastructureAlberta Ecotrust 2019 Environmental Gathering United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 11 Sustainable Cities Communities Alberta Ecotrust 2019 Environmental Gathering United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 15 Life on Land