Free District Event: Local Filmmaker to Attend

You are invited to attend the free screening of the documentary: “Women Bending the Curve on Climate Change”. The film will be shown with the filmmaker in attendance at Byrne Creek Community School on the evening of Wednesday, November 21st, 6:45pm to 9:15pm. After the film, there will be a discussion with the filmmaker.

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Recently, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released a special report on Global Warming. The report highlights a number of climate change impacts that could be avoided by limiting global warming to 1.5°C compared to 2°C.

Scientists have shown in the report that things could get better – that the change can be made within the laws of physics and chemistry, but that they themselves have no effect on political will.

Screen Shot 2018-11-16 at 8.44.43 AMDr. Joanna Ashworth’s documentary shows that there is a will to curb climate change, that much of it comes from individuals in the community, and that many of these individuals are women.

“It’s exciting to see what can be accomplished when women’s collaborative leadership is directed toward solving the climate crisis”. In her documentary, the filmmaker shines a spotlight on women.  Set in the context of the Paris climate change agreements, the documentary tells the stories of climate change leaders from Canada’s West Coast working in renewable energy, city government, energy conservation, community engagement, sustainable food, finance and indigenous land stewardship.

The film screening will be held in the Centre for Dialogue at Byrne Creek Community School which is located at 7777 – 18th Street in Burnaby. The school is located an 8-minute walk from the Edmonds skytrain station, and at the intersection of Griffiths Drive and 10th Avenue, on the border of New Westminster. Note: Be sure you put 18th Street, NOT avenue, if you are using your GPS)

Everyone is welcome. Come and join us as a family, as concerned individual citizens or send the students in your family. Bring family and friends, out-of-town guests, neighbours and any young person who enjoys movies or movie-making.

The event is organized by Global Learning Programs of the Burnaby School District and the UN Association in Canada, Vancouver Branch.  Thank you for your support of Burnaby School District events.


The event is free. However, to attend the documentary screening event, please register at with your name and the number of people in your group.


  • The planet’s average surface temperature has risen about 1.62 degrees Fahrenheit (0.9 degrees Celsius) since the late 19th century.  NASA
  • Most of the warming occurred in the past 35 years, with the five warmest years on record taking place since 2010. NASA
  • The oceans have absorbed much of this increased heat, with the top 700 meters (about 2,300 feet) of ocean showing warming of more than 0.4 degrees Fahrenheit since 1969. The Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets have decreased in mass. The rate of Antarctica ice mass loss has tripled in the last decade. NASA
  • Global sea level rose about 8 inches in the last century. The rate in the last two decades, however, is nearly double that of the last century and is accelerating slightly every year. NASA
  • Since the beginning of the Industrial Revolution, the acidity of surface ocean waters has increased by about 30 percent. This increase is the result of humans emitting more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere and hence more being absorbed into the oceans.  NASA
  • Climate change is not a gender-neutral phenomenon. Women disproportionately suffer the impacts of climate change and other environmental hazards, especially in developing countries.
  • The UN family is in the forefront of the effort to save our planet.  In 1992, its “Earth Summit” produced the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) step in addressing the climate change problem.  Today, it has near-universal membership.
  • The Secretary General of the United Nations Antonio Guterres called for global action on climate change: Watch him online warning climate change but pointing to the massive benefits that climate action can generate.
  • On Earth Day in 2016, 175 world leaders signed the Paris Agreement at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. This was by far the largest number of countries ever to sign an international agreement on a single day. This had begun at the 21st Conference of the Parties (COP21) in Paris, where the landmark agreement was reached to combat climate change and reach a sustainable low carbon future.