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Air Quality, Climate Change and the Anthropocene
Feb 21st and Feb 22nd, 2016

The 2016 Upwind Downwind Conference: Air Quality, Climate Change and the Anthropocene will take place on Monday February 22nd, 2016 at the Sheraton hotel in downtown Hamilton. The Anthropocene – Age of Man – is the slice of Earth’s history during which people and human activities started to have a significant global impact on Earth’s ecosystems.

The 2016 conference will explore topics such as climate change and health impacts, the regional and local economic impacts of climate action, innovative and citizen focussed forms of local air monitoring, airshed modelling of cities, and local sustainable forms of transportation.

There are two plenary streams in the afternoon – one focussed on innovative actions on improving air quality management in Hamilton and outcomes, the second is focussed on transboundary and regional actions including modelling for airshed management and the economic impacts of local climate actions.

Registration is now open and details can be found at:

There is a Free speaker event on Sunday February 21st, 2016 at the Sheraton hotel in downtown Hamilton (116 King St W, Hamilton, ON L8P 4V3). Our featured speaker is Dr. Byron Williston, author of The Anthropocene Project: Virtue in the Age of Climate Change (2015) and Environmental Ethics for Canadians (2011). Dr Williston is an Associate Professor of Philosophy at Wilfrid Laurier University and a member of the Interdisciplinary Centre on Climate Change at University of Waterloo.

Registration for the Free event is available here –

Presentations from previous Upwind Downwind Conferences are on-line at