North American leaders met in June to tackle the shared challenge of climate change. For OpenCanada and Arctic Deeply, Thomas F. Pedersen explains why the Arctic is the key piece to that puzzle and why the new action plan stops one step short.
Thomas F. Pedersen
Chair, Canadian Climate Forum and Professor, University of Victoria
Thomas F. Pedersen holds a BSc in Geology from the University of British Columbia (1974) and a PhD in Marine Geochemistry from the University of Edinburgh (1979). He served with the faculty of the Department of Oceanography at UBC from 1981 to 2002, as well as Associate Dean, Research and Faculty Development in the Faculty of Graduate Studies at UBC from 2000-2002. In 2002, he moved to the University of Victoria to become Head of the School of Earth and Ocean Sciences. He subsequently served as Dean of Science at UVic for six years and in 2009 was appointed the founding Executive Director of the new Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions, established at UVic via a $90M endowment from the Province of British Columbia. Pedersen stepped down from that role in late 2015 and is currently on research leave, writing a book about BC’s climate-action history and experience.