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Online Symposium Tackles the Climate Crisis

OTTAWA, Monday, November 9, 2020 – From November 12 to 14, climate action activists, practitioners and researchers are invited to participate in an online symposium entitled: Building A New World in the Shell of the Old to Face Climate Crisis : Between transition, resilience and resistance.

Hosted by Saint Paul University’s Centre for Research on Innovations and Social Transformations (CRITS), the three-day, bilingual symposium aims to contribute to the collective reflection on social and ecological transition strategies to address the climate crisis.

“Climate crisis is an incredibly pressing issue. With the alarm signs rising all over the planet, there is a need to make deep social change,” explains symposium organizer, Julie Bruneau. “To that end, the CRITS symposium offers an interactive space where participants will have the opportunity to meet, exchange and discuss key topics.”

In addition to informative sessions, the event will include workshops where participants will explore practical strategies for transitioning production, consumption and economic systems toward more ecological and sustainable models.

“After three days dedicated to exploring how to build a more just and resilient society, we hope participants will apply the new tools and ideas they’ve acquired to address the climate crisis,” says Bruneau.

Conferences Open to the Public

Members of the public are invited to attend the symposium’s opening and closing conferences, which will feature notable speakers in climate action activism.

The opening conference will feature ecofeminist Starhawk and indigenous artist and activist Christi Belcourt. Author and collapsologist Pablo Servigne will speak at the closing conference.

By inviting members of the public, event organizers hope to open dialogue and knowledge sharing to encourage more citizen engagement in climate action.

For more information about the symposium, please click here.

Centre for Research on Innovations and Social Transformations

Working in close collaboration with the Élisabeth-Bruyère School of Social Innovation and the Mauril–Bélanger Atelier of Social Innovation, the CRITS creates space open to the community in order to co-construct and bring into being diverse collective action projects. To learn more, please visit:


For more information, please contact:

Julie Bourassa
Communications Officer, Saint Paul University
613-236-1393, ext. 2310


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