Net-zero jargon and concepts demystified

Full interview with Janna Wale, an Indigenous policy advisor
First Nations have been on these land for millennia and have been resilient to many climatic changes that happened through precolonial history. From your personal experience, what are some ways that Indigenous peoples care for the world?
From your experience, what is a prevalent understanding of climate change and the root causes in Indigenous communities in BC?
What are some of the observable changes in climate that you're aware of and in what way are they impacting Indigenous peoples in BC, their communities, and cultural practices?
How do we go about discussing Climate Change and net-zero terminology that would be relevant to Indigenous peoples in BC?
What is Canadian Climate Institute and how does it support Indigenous-led climate research?
How can we enable people in BC to connect to the land and water in a more meaningful way and stop seeing themselves as separate from it?
How can settlers and visitors approach nurturing their connection and interaction with the land and water in a way that is respectful to local Indigenous communities?
What is needed? How can we better enable Indigenous-led climate solutions? And, more specifically, what can individuals do?
Janna Wale

Janna Wale is Gitxsan from Gitanmaax First Nation, and is also Cree-Métis on her mother’s side. She uses a complex human-environmental systems approach in her work, and believes that this lens can be used when looking for ways to bridge western and Indigenous climate work. Janna’s research focused on climate resilience in Indigenous communities. In 2023, Janna was the recipient of the Anitra Paris Memorial Award for female youth climate leadership through Clean Energy BC, and was named as an Indigenous Trailblazer through Diversity in Sustainability.

Full interview with Simon Donner, a UBC professor working in the field of climate science
What is Net-zero? Is net-zero the same as zero-emissions? What GHG’s does net-zero refer to?
What are Canada&'s Net-zero goals and targets? Do Provinces in Canada also have Net-zero targets?
What is Paris Agreement ans why is it important?
What is IPCC report and what are some of the conclusions from the latest report?
What does carbon neutral mean and how is it different from net-zero?
What is the difference between low emissions, carbon positive and carbon negative?
What is meant by carbon budget? What does it mean / look like at a country, city, industry, individual scale?
What is carbon sequestration and carbon storage and what role do nature-based methods have in achieving Net-zero?
What are carbon offsets and what role do they play in decarbonization and Net zero future?
What is life-cycle assessment and what is meant by circular economy?
What is meant by tipping point and why is it important?
Simon Donner

Simon Donner is interested in the human, societal, and environmental impacts of climate and climate change. He is an interdisciplinary climate scientist and professor, teaching at the intersection of climate science, marine science, and policy. He has held appointments in UBC’s Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability, Geography Department, and Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries, and is a member of Canada’s Net-Zero Advisory Body, which advises the federal government on pathways to eliminate climate-warming emissions.

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