This course will provide students with a comprehensive understanding of conservation in Alberta – from a historical perspective to current issues related to the “twin crises” of climate change and biodiversity loss. We will begin with conservation on a landscape scale, including the establishment of our protected areas system, and a review of international conservation standards. We will then focus on specific issues in AB such as the land-use, species at risk, headwaters protection, and Indigenous-led conservation. We will specifically cover recent and ongoing examples of conservation in action such as the Defend AB Parks campaign, opposition to open pit coal mining in the eastern slopes, proposals for Indigenous Protected and Conserved Areas, the fight to save caribou and wood bison, and the potential for a National Urban Park in Edmonton’s river valley. We will discuss calls to action and how the public can advocate for conservation issues. (12 hours)
Instructor: Kecia Kerr
Dr. Kecia Kerr, and the rest of the team at the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS), Northern Alberta, are conservation professionals with backgrounds in science. At CPAWS Northern Alberta we focus on conservation issues in Alberta from Red Deer to the border with NWT.