Manitoba’s Climate Action Team (CAT) is a coalition of environmental organizations in Manitoba working to create a road to climate resilience in our province. Member groups came together in late 2017 to independently review and consult with the public over the Province’s recently released Climate and Green Plan. CAT was formed one short year later when the Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change (IPCC) 1.5 Report was released, stating that we have just 12 years (now 9) to drastically cut greenhouse gas emissions.
With funding from the Winnipeg foundation, CAT has hosted educational events around Winnipeg and produced the Road to Resilience, a comprehensive roadmap to meeting the emissions targets laid out in the IPCC 1.5 Report in Manitoba.
Coalition members include Climate Change Connection, Wilderness Committee – Manitoba Office, Green Action Centre, Manitoba Energy Justice Coalition and Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives – Manitoba Office.
Dr. Durdana Islam- Climate Action Team Project Manager
Durdana Islam has a PhD in Natural Resources and Environmental Management from the University of Manitoba with several years of teaching experience at the University of Winnipeg. She has many peer-reviewed publications and won a number of awards for her academic research and publications. She worked with many northern Indigenous communities in Manitoba during her doctoral and postdoctoral studies.
Durdana’s heart is in creating a healthier and sustainable community. As a climate change researcher and a mother of two amazing kids, she is worried about her children’s future. She believes in the equity for all in a diverse and progressive society. It is through our determination and shared vision; we can accomplish real change to build a better world where social and environmental equity is addressed. She envisions a Manitoba where real action on climate change supports thousands of new jobs and saves Manitobans millions of dollars as we transform to a more efficient and green economy. Whether in the scope of university teaching, professional and volunteer work, she strives to connect with people and create a sense of community. Durdana believes in learning, growing and empowering others.
Durdana loves to read and paint in her spare time. She enjoys long walks in the park, kayaking, camping and fishing in summer; and skiing and skating in winter. According to her, “Nature feeds my soul”.
Alex Deneka- Communications Manager
If you got here via our social media, you’ve already seen Alex’s work! While representing the Wilderness Committee, Alex writes, edits and creates content for the Climate Action Team.
Alex is all about protecting people, be it from climate change or bad public policy. She does this by working hard for a climate-resilient future and talking a lot of smack on twitter.
Curt Hull- Lead Author, Road to Resilience
Curt is the Project Director for Climate Change Connection and the lead author for CAT’s community climate action plan, the Road to Resilience.
Curt spent many years in the private sector. He worked as director and quality manager with a successful Winnipeg-based, electronics design and manufacturing company. He is a professional engineer.
Curt brings a passion for climate change education and action, a strong background in project and financial management, and a history of community volunteer work. Curt is an avid practitioner and advocate of self-propelled transportation.
Curt holds a BSc. in Electrical Engineering, a BSc. in Zoology, and a Certificate in Adult and Continuing Education (CACE).