This one-day session engages experts to share lessons and key moments from the region’s past that underlie energy decisions we face today. The event assembles a diverse mix of the top thinkers in energy issues, including academics, engineers, and policy makers, who will identify historical lessons from the North Atlantic, with a particular focus on Nova Scotia, that encourage a transition toward a sustainable energy future.
Energy policy is generally crafted on the basis of economic data or a political mandate for enhanced sustainability. But what does history tell us about Nova Scotia’s social and cultural capacity for the energy transformation proposed by recent provincial strategies? What is unique about this place, its experience with and attitudes toward energy resources, production, and use? What initiatives from Nova Scotia have worked compared to neighbouring jurisdictions? What are the distinctive strengths, but also potential fissures?
The morning will include focus presentations by John Sandlos (Memorial University) and Claire Campbell (Dalhousie University) about long-term trends in the region’s energy profile, followed by select brief presentations by government, NGO, and business leaders about key turning points that have shaped our current understanding of energy use and the public and institutional landscape of energy policy.
In the afternoon, participants will engage in small group discussions in order to apply these historical and cultural perspectives to a series of policy questions about future energy planning, questions such as: What are the most important events that have shaped the public’s understanding of Nova Scotia’s energy production and energy use? Who would benefit from knowing this information? Are there past practices that can affect energy security? The afternoon is particularly designed to encourage conversation between new scholars and younger energy professionals and the more senior voices of the morning’s sessions.
Finn Arne Jorgensen (Umea University) will deliver the keynote evening public lecture on energy transitions, titled “Planning for Sacrifice Zones: Mining, Renewable Energy, and Spatial Sustainability in the Boreal North.”
The one-day workshop is free of charge to all participants and will include lunch and coffee breaks, and a reception before the keynote.
The event is generously supported by the Network in Canadian History and Environment (NiCHE) and Dalhousie University’s Strategic Initiatives Funding.
August 13, 2013
Room 5000 Rowe Building, Dalhousie University
If you have any questions, please contact –
Jeff Wilson, Dalhousie University
Latest posts by NiCHE Administrators (see all)
- Contributors Welcome - September 29, 2017
- Applicants Sought for Editor of Environmental History - September 18, 2017
- Refresh: A New Look for NiCHE - September 11, 2017
- CHESS 2017 Keynote Address: Bonnie Devine, “Claims, Names, and Allegories” - May 23, 2017
- Day of Canadian Environmental History at CHA 2017 - May 15, 2017
- Chicago: The Conference - April 7, 2017
- Canadian Environmental History at ASEH 2017 - March 29, 2017
- Whose ‘Ribbon of Green’? HGIS and the Histories of Edmonton’s River Valley and Ravines System - March 8, 2017
- Energy Then and Now Book Launch - January 23, 2017
- Review of Dokis, Where the Rivers Meet - January 11, 2017