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Wall Catalyst Lecture - Kathryn Harrison
The Wall Catalyst Emeriti cohort will meet monthly to share research experience and engage with guest lecturers on the topic of the "Climate and Nature Emergency". Members of the Emeritus College are invited to attend speaker lectures.

Kathryn Harrison
Professor, UBC Political Science, COP26 (Conference of the Parties) delegate in Glasgow, 2021

Kathryn Harrison is a Professor of Political Science at the University of British Columbia. Harrison received Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Chemical Engineering from Western University and MIT, and a PhD in Political Science from UBC. Before entering academia, Harrison worked as a chemical engineer in the oil industry, and as a policy analyst for the United States Congress and Environment Canada. Harrison has advised governments from the local to international level, and is currently chair of an Expert Advisory Panel of the Canadian Climate Institute and a member of the BC Climate Solutions Council. Harrison is a frequent media commentator on climate policy, and tweets at @profkharrison.


Canada has a three-decade track record of missed emissions targets, failed climate plans, and weak or abandoned regulatory standards. This presentation will provide an overview of obstacles that have contributed to that failure, including oil and gas export dependenc, carbon-intensive households, a growing partisan divide on climate, and federalism, all of which still loom large today. However, I’ll also consider political shifts at this critical moment in the climate crisis: visibility of tragic and costly climate impacts, evolving NGO and Indigenous strategies, US climate legislation and regulatory ambitions, and a new legislative accountability regime.

Sep 22, 2022 01:00 PM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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