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September 26, 2013

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UVic students make an impact through volunteering

More than 100 University of Victoria students will fan out into the community on Saturday, Sept. 28, to volunteer for local organizations as part of Project Serve.

Coordinated by UVic Residence Life and Education, and Volunteer Victoria, Project Serve introduces students to the concept of community service learning. Students have the opportunity to spend a day volunteering, and to reflect on their learning—whether in health care, organic farming or with the disabled—under the guidance of trained student volunteers and professional staff.

“We are excited that we are involving more than 170 students and 12 non-profit organizations in this second Project Serve day,” says Robin Copestake, UVic coordinator of residence education. “It’s a win-win for UVic and for the organizations. Our students get a taste of volunteering and a chance to interact with community members, and the agencies receive much-needed volunteer assistance.”

On Sept. 28, students will volunteer at a variety of organizations, including Broadmead Care, the Boys and Girls Club, Didi Society, Haliburton Community Organic Farm, NEED 2, Saanich Pulling Together, Victoria Therapeutic Riding Association, Volunteer Victoria and Rainbow Kitchen.

Community non-profit organizations interested in participating in the future are invited to contact Julia-Anne Morris at Volunteer Victoria at julia-anne@volunteervictoria.bc.ca or Robin Copestake at UVic Residence Life and Education at rcopesta@uvic.ca.

Project Serve is sponsored by Hot House Pizza, the UVic Alumni Association, UVic Student Ambassadors and University Food Services. For more information visit http://housing.uvic.ca/winter/rl-programs.php#csl.


  Media Contacts:

Note: Julia-Anne Morris and UVic student Andrea Nychay are available to talk to media at the Volunteer Victoria office (Suite 306 - 620 View Street, Victoria) on Saturday, Sept. 28 from 12 to 3 p.m.

Media contacts:
Robin Copestake (Residence Life and Education) at 250-721-8396 or rcopesta@uvic.ca
Julia-Anne Morris (Volunteer Victoria) at 250-661-8595 or julia-anne@volunteervictoria.bc.ca
Melanie Groves (UVic Communications) at 250-472-4357 or mgroves@uvic.ca

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Contacts for international climate change report

Two University of Victoria professors are available for comment Friday after a key portion of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climates Change’s (IPCC) Fifth Assessment Report is released in Stockholm.

Francis Zwiers (Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium – PCIC) is the vice chair of the IPCC working group that prepared this portion of the report which assesses the physical science basis of climate change. Zwiers is an internationally recognized expert on climate variability and change. He is also the director of PCIC, a regional climate service centre at UVic that provides practical science-based information on climate change.

David Atkinson, (Geography) researches storms and events associated with them, such as extreme winds. Atkinson will focus on the report’s conclusions, specifically on future storm trends, as well as general impacts on the Arctic and mountain glacier regions.

The IPCC is the leading international body for the assessment of climate change. It was established under the auspices of the United Nations Environment Programme and the World Meteorological Organization in 1988 to provide the world with a clear scientific view on climate change and its potential environmental and socio-economic impacts. Hundreds of world-renowned scientists are involved.

The IPCC’s Fifth Assessment Report has three working groups, each focusing on different aspects of climate change. The report to be issued Friday is that of Working Group 1, dealing with physical science. The second working group studies impacts and adaptation and the third working group deals with mitigation of climate change.

  Media Contacts:

Francis Zwiers (PCIC, currently in Stockholm) via Cassbreea Dewis at 250-472-4791 or cdewis@uvic.ca
David Atkinson (UVic, Department of Geography) at 250-721-7332 or datkinso@uvic.ca
Kim Westad (UVic Communications & Marketing) at 250-721-7641 or ucommr@uvic.ca

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What does the IPCC’s Fifth Assessment Report signal for BC’s climate future

The public and media are invited to a special briefing in Vancouver next Monday on the climate change implications for British Columbia based on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) Fifth Assessment Report, by Working Group I.

The free event starts at 9:30 am at the Wosk Centre for Dialogue, and is hosted by the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions (PICS) and the Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium (PCIC).

The briefing will provide an overview of the IPCC assessment process, the current extent of climate change, and what the future holds. It is also an opportunity to ask questions of those directly involved in writing the report, including PCIC director and vice chair of the IPCC’s Working Group I, Francis Zwiers.

The IPCC has three working groups: Working Group I deals with the physical science basis of climate change, Working Group II with the impacts and adaptation, and Working Group III with mitigation. A full assessment is done every five to seven years, with the last done in 2007. The Working Group I Summary for Policymakers will be released in Stockholm on Friday (Sept. 27).

PICS executive director Tom Pedersen says IPCC assessments are worldwide scientific collaborative roadmaps to the earth’s changing climate, and a timely reminder of the urgency to address human-caused global warming. He says knowing how climate change will shape our future is important.

“The Vancouver briefing adds value by specifically addressing what the IPCC’s findings mean for this province,” he says. “Climate change will affect our agricultural productivity, our forests, fisheries, the types of pests and diseases we face, the frequency of extreme weather events, and even our capacity to generate hydroelectricity––and policymakers must make decisions in the face of all of these.”

Editors: A summary of implications for British Columbia will be available at the Vancouver briefing.

WHAT: A public briefing on the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report and implications for BC
WHEN: 9:30 – 11: 00 a.m., Monday, September 30, 2013
WHERE: Asia Pacific Hall, Wosk Centre for Dialogue, 280 W. Hastings St. Vancouver
LIVE WEBCAST: http://creative-services.sfu.ca/broadcast/

  Media Contacts:

Media contact: PICS Senior Communications Officer, Robyn Meyer at 250-588-4053 or rmeyer@uvic.ca

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