Statement of Solidarity with Anti-Racism
 

ClimateFast stands in solidarity with Black Lives Matter and all those fighting against systemic racism and police brutality in North America and around the world.  We understand that there can be no climate justice without racial justice.

Leaders of the anti-racism movement are asking us to think about what a truly Just Recovery would look like.  We know that the Covid-19 crisis, like the climate crisis, disproportionately impacts racialized and Indigenous peoples.  We know that racialized and Indigenous peoples suffer disproportionately from poverty.  The reasons for this must be recognized and addressed.  In order to achieve a Just Recovery for all, we must commit ourselves to the work of dismantling white supremacy – in ourselves, in our organization, and in our society.

Action Links

Support Black Lives Matter Toronto and other organizations that serve Black people in your community
Listen to Pam Palmater’s Podcast with Desmond Cole on Anti-Black Racism in Canada & US 
Read this critical op-ed by Sandy Hudson on why "Defunding the police will save Black and Indigenous lives in Canada"
Learn more about how you can join Just Recovery teach-ins to begin having this conversation in your communities.

 

United Nations 2020 World Environment Day: Time for Nature, Biodiversity in the City
ClimateFast Webcast on Friday, June 5th

 

Register here on Eventbrite!
Speakers will share Indigenous knowledge, gardening, urban agriculture, trees, protecting our green spaces for a post-COVID world.
Stream the recorded webcast on YouTube here!

Click here to find full bios for the ClimateFast UN 2020 World Environment Day Webcast: Time for Nature, Biodiversity in the City

 

"UN World Environment Day is this Friday, June 5th. It is a day of observance, meant to promote environmental awareness and strengthen our commitment to taking environmental action. It was first observed in 1974 and has since been celebrated annually with a different theme each year. The theme for 2020 is biodiversity. WIth the ability to "[engage] governments, businesses, celebrities and citizens to focus their efforts on a pressing environmental issue" (United Nations Environment Programme, 2019), it is an important day for progress. It allows for goal-making and education, as well as reflecting on how we interact with our environment. More information on World Environment Day can be found at https://www.un.org/en/observances/environment-day

ClimateFast is celebrating by broadcasting a live webcast on YouTube from 7-8:30 PM EDT. It will be hosted by Allie Rougeot and Aminah Attar, who volunteer with Fridays for Future Toronto. The family-friendly webcast will feature videos, performances, and speakers who will discuss biodiversity within the city of Toronto, including urban agriculture, waterways and our green spaces. Viewers will also get the chance to ask the speakers questions near the end of the webcast. Observing World Environment Day this year is especially valuable given our current situation, as getting out of the house to explore nature and our unique ecosystems will help us enjoy our environment and provide a safe distraction from COVID-19." - Faria Raisa Amin

 

Speakers will present on urban agriculture, waterways, our green spaces and local biodiversity. Family-friendly! First 30 minutes will include songs and stories suitable for ages 8 and up.

MCs: Allie Rougeot and Aminah Attar, Fridays for Future Toronto

Presenters include:

CAROLYNNE CRAWLEY, Mi'kmaw woman, Nature & Forestry Therapist, Holistic Nutritionist

SUNDAY HARRISON, founder and Executive Director of Green Thumbs Growing Kids

MADELEINE MCDOWELL, Lambton House director, walking tour guide, Humber River champion

AMBIKA TENNETI, Rivers Rising project of Toronto Green Community 

KRYSTYN TULLY, Vice President and co-founder of Swim Drink Fish Canada

CHEYENNE SUNDANCE, Urban farmer, Sundance Harvest, youth mentor, founder of Liberate Lawns

LORRAINE JOHNSON, Organic gardener, author, food activist

COLIN LOVE, Community Learning Team, Toronto and Region Conservation Authority/The Meadoway

MUSICIANS - CASSIE NORTON AND NEO GIVORD-SERRANO

POET - DOMINIQUE RUSSELL


African Climate Action Initiative Launch
 


Stream the recorded live event on YouTube here!


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Earth Day 2020: Towards a Green and Healthy Recovery

View Our Recorded Earth Day 2020 Webcast at this link:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L2droCHmZTI&feature=youtu.be 

Read about the Event on Toronto 350's Blog:
"Inspiration from EarthDay 2020 Webcast, Toward a Green and Healthy Recovery" by Colleen Lynch


You can find bios for the Earth Day 2020 speakers and action links here:
https://climatefast.ca/earth-day-2020-towards-green-and-healthy-recovery  

 


Kitchen Table Climate Conversations



Following the federal election, there continues to be Kitchen Table Climate Conversations that will allow people all across Ontario to speak with friends and neighbours about the climate crisis... Click here for Tooklit

 

Toronto Climate Film Festival (TCFF)

Toronto Climate Film Festival is showing a number of environmental films Learn more

 

CarbonFreeTO/Municipal Climate Action

In 2018, Council voted unanimously to support TransformTO... Learn more

 

Peoples' Climate Plan for Ontario

We need a REAL peoples climate plan for Ontario to respond to the climate crisis... Learn more

 

VOCAL 

Climatefast launched its new campaign VOCAL - Voices of Ontarians for Climate Accountability and Leadership and one its first actions is to fight Bill 4, the repeal of Cap and Trade, which jeopardizes TransformTO... Learn more