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Degrees of Change – Reception – October 5, 2010

On October 5, 2010, the National Round Table (NRTEE) and the Royal Canadian Geographical Society released the Degrees of Change diagram, an NRTEE compiled document which lays out potential effects of a changing climate on Canada at different degrees of warming. The impacts – 60 in all, culled from documented scientific literature – are categorized into eight separate sectors and include; ecosystems, water resources, human health, communities and infrastructure, resource industries, service industries, security and trade and ice, snow and sea. The diagram is included in the October issue of Canadian Geographic and Géographica magazines, which are almost wholly-devoted to climate change.

The NRTEE and the Royal Canadian Geographical Society hosted a evening reception at the Canadian Museum of Nature, where His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada spoke, along with the federal Environment Minister Jim Prentice. Astronaut Dr. Robert Thirsk provided a video message in support of the initiative.

Video of Reception

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Speaking notes:

Link to the Governor General’s remarks

Link to speaking points by the Honourable Jim Prentice, Minister of the Environment

 Video Message by Astronaut Dr. Robert Thirsk

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