The work of advancing climate justice means embracing JEDI values.
As climate emergency JEDIs, in our work we practice:
Transparency and Accountability
We understand that building trust in our work and our team means being both transparent and accountable about how our work is progressing, what it has achieved, and how we are making our decisions to prioritize our time and attention.
Listening and Connecting
We prioritize taking the time to listen to each other, to others in our collaborations, and climate knowledge keepers and experts, about what is needed to successfully advance our project work.
As there is so much uncertainty in how to respond effectively to future and current climate crises, we need to be willing to adapt to new or better information and changing situations as they emerge.
We acknowledge that there is no one person, group, department, institution, government, or Nation that can resolve this crisis on its own. Accordingly, our work must be done through strengthened and effective collaborations.
UBC’s Climate Emergency Response team is made up of 3 full-time staff and 3 student project assistants, nested within the Sustainability Hub. The Sustainability Hub convenes and coordinates UBC’s Climate Emergency response and provides university-wide strategic support linking climate action to these functions.
Project Managers report directly to the Sustainability Hub’s Senior Director, Linda Nowlan. The Senior Director also works in close cooperation with faculties and units across UBCV campus.
Linda Nowlan, Senior Director
Linda Nowlan leads the UBC Sustainability Hub as Senior Director. She has over twenty-five years of experience in sustainability as a public interest environmental lawyer and NGO leader. Since joining UBC in 2020, Linda has co-led the development of the Sustainability Hub’s strategic plan, instituted the Climate Justice webinar series, and started a new program to convene and coordinate work on implementing the UBC Climate Emergency Task Force report. Linda is an Adjunct Professor at the Allard School of Law, where she co-teaches an environmental law workshop. She is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Canadian Museum of Nature and the IUCN Commission on Environmental Law, and previously served on Vancouver’s Greenest City Action Team and the Boards of the Fraser Basin Council and Smart Growth BC. Her advocacy contributed to many legal reforms, and her publications cover topics ranging from groundwater protection to marine spatial planning to extinction art.
At West Coast Environmental Law, Linda served as Executive Director, Staff Lawyer, and Director of the Marine Program where she led a team to strengthen ocean protection through Canadian and Indigenous law. She also worked at WWF-Canada, the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office, and a Vancouver litigation law firm. Linda has degrees in English literature, law and international law.
Nadia Joe, Co-Senior Project Manager
Gä̀gala- ƛiƛetko (Nadia Joe) has spent the past 10 years working to support Indigenous communities across Canada advance their rights and interests in water security through various water co-management initiatives. She was raised by a river and loved into leadership by the many elders, leaders, mentors of the nłe?kepmx and southern Tutchone-Tlingit peoples. Her mother is nłe?kepmx and sylix and her father is southern-Tutchone & Tlingit. She belongs to the Crow Clan (Kä̀jet) of the Champagne and Aishihik First Nations.
Pablo Akira Beimler, Co-Senior Project Manager
Pablo is a mixed Japanese American settler born and raised on Tongva lands (Los Angeles) with a Japanese mother and a Mexican, German, Ukrainian-Jewish father now living on unceded xʷməθkʷəy̓əm territory. He is a Masters of Community and Regional Planning graduate in the Indigenous Community Planning program at UBC and has a B.A. in Environmental Economics & Policy, a B.S. in Conservation & Resources Studies, and a minor in Forestry from the University of California, Berkeley.
Pablo was formerly the UBC Climate Hub’s Academic Lead and has years of experience conducting wildfire research and facilitating community-led and focused wildfire management, outreach, and youth education programming throughout Hawaiʻi and California. Pablo’s deep reverence for nature and passion for bringing together people from all walks of life drives his work as a planner. He approaches community work with empathy, integrity, and a commitment to decolonization and social justice and believes in the power of collective action, deep collaboration, and intersectional movement building.
Bryce Henney, Indigenous Engagement Assistant
Bryce is a half Ashkenazi Jewish and Christian Lebanese settler-colonizer from the traditional lands of the Potawatomi and Ojibwe (Metro Detroit). With an academic background in business and engineering, he previously worked in a local government sustainability department, a strategic design and planning consulting firm, and environmental non-profits. He is currently completing the Indigenous Community Planning concentration within the University of British Columbia’s master’s in planning.
Beyond the need to address ongoing atrocities against Indigenous communities, he is called to this work through a deep spiritual connection to transcend the myth of separation and other colonial perspectives that are embedded in settler communities and organizations. He’s specifically interested in the climate emergency as a catalyst calling all humans to ‘wake up from the colonial trance and rejoin the web of life’ (Kathleen Absolon). The destruction and poison in the world is just a reflection of our own consciousness. Taking a holistic approach to address the fundamental causes of the climate emergency supports many interrelated issues such as mental health and wellness which is particularly important to him.
Fumika Noguchi, Engagement Project Assistant
Fumika is a lifelong learner who is passionate about sustainable urbanism and environmentalism. She is of Japanese and Singaporean heritage who settled upon the unceded territory of the Coast Salish People at a young age. Growing up in a city surrounded by both the sea and mountainous forests, she has a strong desire to protect nature’s intrinsic rights for a future where nature and human society live in harmony. As such, Fumika pursued and received a Bachelors in Urban Forestry with a Minor in Landscape and Recreation Planning from UBC. She continues her education as an incoming Masters of Community and Regional Planning student, also at UBC, where she aims to study environmental planning.
Alexandra Thomas, Homegrown Climate Justice Project Lead
Alexandra Thomas’ traditional name is Naxnagəm (nahg-na-ghem). On her maternal side she is from Tlowitsis First Nation from Kwakwaka’wakw territory, and her paternal side Shishalh First Nation from Coast Salish Territory. Alex is an undergraduate in the Faculty of Forestry at UBC and is studying Forest Resources Management with a minor in Community and Aboriginal Forestry. Her previous work experience has been working with First Nations community’s and the Government on management of Natural Resources, facilitating education on cultural safety and awareness about First Nations history in BC, and aiding in research on red and yellow cedar trees on Northern Vancouver Island. Alex is very passionate about the outdoors, football (also known as soccer), house plants, and coffee.