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CLIMATE JUSTICE NOW - Raise your voice!

Dear climate friends!

It has been quite the year for climate activism, 2020, and we are going to need to make 2021 an even stronger year for action on climate justice. We are entering the 2nd year of the decade in which we must cut emissions in half. How can we do this?

Right now the City budget is being drawn up and our voices are needed to speak up for funding climate in the budget. There are enormous pressures on the budget due to COVID-19 which has cut revenues and increased expenses. To keep the city on track with the TransformTO climate action initiatives will require that we speak up.

Please join us in the following events and activities and let’s work together for the changes we need.

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JAN 18 – ADVOCACY TRAINING FOR CLIMATE JUSTICE

Think about our Future! Online Advocacy Training for Climate Justice in Toronto

Mon. Jan. 18, 7 – 8:30 p.m. EST

Join us to learn how to advocate for a budget at Toronto City Council that will support decisive climate action; skills training in deputations, letter writing, meeting with your elected  representative. Speakers include Councillor Mike Layton, TEA Climate Campaigner Michael Polanyi, plus climate activists: Cheryl McNamara, Lyn Adamson, Sharon Howarth, and Joyce Hall.

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Ontarians call on the Ford government to stop its attacks on Nature

Queen’s Park 9 am  December 8, 2020

Today the Ontario government will put budget bill 229-- including highly controversial cuts to the power of Conservation Authorities - up for a vote.  Ontarians are out at Queen’s Park to say NO, instead calling for protection of key wetlands against big development.  They also oppose a permanent exemption for logging operations from the Endangered Species Act.

“The Endangered Species act is there to protect vulnerable wildlife.” said Katie Krelove of the Wilderness Committee.  “These changes are merely the latest in a long line of attacks on environmental protections by the Conservative government, all in the name of “cutting red tape”.  They are pandering to big developers and industry at the expense of the health and safety of everyone else.”

A small...

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Act Now For Climate!

Dear friends!

This week we have some good news to share. And we have some sobering news to share. We also have some great resources to share!

But first we have 3 Climate actions to take right now!

CITY OF TORONTO – TORONTO OFFICE OF RECOVERY AND REBUILD - SURVEY

Open until July 15 . The TORR report will be the only one going to council this fall (TransformTO is delayed) and so emphasizing the need for climate action as part of Toronto’s recovery plan is really important ! If you’d like to also send a letter do so as soon as possible. Email your letter to: recoveryrebuild@toronto.ca . You can learn more about this consultation by viewing the...

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Nature in the City, big win at City Council, and Bike-a-thon for Climate Action!

Climate Action In Africa And Green Heart Mothers Day

First a recap of our very successful Earth Day 2020 webcast!

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Earth Day 2020 webcast April 22- Amazing speakers!

Dear friends,

Can you join us on our webcast exploring a Just Recovery and how we can move into a green and healthy future?  Click on this Eventbrite link to register!

April 22, 2020 marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. In the 50 years since the first Earth Day in 1970, there have been some victories in the struggle to protect our planet. But today, we face a grave threat to the Earth’s ecosystems from global heating, biodiversity loss, and habitat destruction.  

Now, more than ever, the Earth needs us to step up and act. We need the courage to raise our voices, to heed the insights from traditional cultures and to advocate for strategies informed by science.

We must speak knowledgeably and powerfully for...

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Climate Emergency...going virtual!

CLIMATEFAST E-NEWSLETTER –  Climate plans go virtual!

Dear friends,

Ontario’s Premier has just declared a state of emergency – on  COVID-19 .

We are seeing a huge response to an immediate viral threat to our health It shows that we can respond, as a community, to a life and death threat. It’s  very important that we all keep the recommended ‘social distance ’ - and for that reason climate events and meetings are all being moved on line . Please see changes in listings of events below.

We also know that we are in the middle of a life and death climate emergency. And the time to act is now.  We need to build on this new understanding of what we...

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