Climatefast E-newsletter – June 2020 – Future Of Toronto!

  1. ClimateFast Statement of Solidarity with Anti-Racism

  2. Consultation, Future of Toronto post- COVID June 24, 7 pm

  3. Webcast success story! And links to our YouTube playlist!

  4. Just Recovery on-line rally June 23, 3 pm

  5. Climate Reality training July 18 – 26

  6. Get involved! Volunteers are needed

 

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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: www.climatefast.ca

Articles of interest below

https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/v7ggqx/people-of-color-experience-climate-grief-more-deeply-than-white-people

https://www.sierraclub.org/sierra/racism-killing-planet

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/dec/10/toronto-black-residents-more-likely-shot-dead-ontario-human-rights-commission-report

 

Please note that our core team is starting the work of understanding and addressing the issues of systemic racism, white supremacy and racial justiceWe welcome your thoughts and suggestions for steps ClimateFast might take. Send ideas to rosemary@climatefast.ca

Some questions we are considering are:

#1. Which group or groups feel most at home in our organization, at our meetings and events, and which ones feel like (unwanted) guests?

#2.  Whose norms, values and perspectives does ClimateFast consider to be normal or legitimate? Whose does it devalue, silence or delegitimize?

#3. Who inhabits positions of power within ClimateFast?

#4. Whose norms, values and perspectives influence ClimateFast's decision making, structure and systems of evaluation?

#5. Whose interests does ClimateFast protect?

 

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HAVE YOUR SAY! What will be the future of Toronto – post COVID?
 

JOIN US FOR AN ONLINE CONSULTATION WITH CITY STAFF: WEDNESDAY JUNE 24 7 – 8:30 PM

Let’s make sure that we Build. Back. Better. For the climate and for each other, everyone, inclusively and equitably. Let’s make sure we have a Just Recovery!

REGISTER AT EVENTBRITE and we will send you the zoom link.

https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/have-your-say-future-of-toronto-post-covid-climatefast-discussion-tickets-110433898764

Please note: you can fill in a survey on-line at this link: https://bit.ly/2NgndgD

And the City also provides a consultation guide at this link: https://bit.ly/37Q4amQ

 

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CLIMATEFAST’S JUNE 5 ENVIRONMENT DAY WEBCAST WAS A HUGE SUCCESS! TIME FOR NATURE! BIODIVERSITY IN THE CITY!

NOW AVAILABLE ON YOUTUBE!

Thanks to all the volunteers who made this happen!

If you missed our webcast you can watch it here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e0iAhDzZ7N8

Additional video recordings, from Earth Day and Africa Climate Action Initiative can be viewed at ClimateFast Action youtube channel.

Earth Day video playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLAHgjLe6lFLVG1xOkXphiDIDoo4aGVn3Y

Africa Climate Action Initiative playlist: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sqXU2w0Mg3o&list=PLAHgjLe6lFLW9Z-BzbTywiwpZzGQ3WtOw

 

Our Africa Climate Action Initiative cycling team raised more than $2700 on the weekend of June 6 – 7 to help launch this initiative. Way to go riders!

The ACAI Donation page is still open till June 30th and contributions are welcome! https://canadaafricapartnershipride.ca/acai/

 

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JUNE 23 JUST RECOVERY ONLINE RALLY – 3 PM

Several groups promoting a Just Recovery are inviting you and thousands of others from across the country to gather for a mass digital rally to build power for a Just Recovery and make sure our government delivers a recovery package that puts people over corporations as we recover from the COVID-19 crisis on June 23rd, at 12pm PT / 3pm ET.

Learn about the six Just Recovery principles here:

https://justrecoveryforall.ca/#principles


REGISTER AND FIND MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE RALLY HERE: https://bit.ly/JRerally

ADDITIONAL ARTICLES OF INTEREST:

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/jun/18/world-has-six-months-to-avert-climate-crisis-says-energy-expert

https://theenergymix.com/2020/06/14/canadas-green-recovery-could-produce...

 

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From a sister climate organization -fyi:

TRAINING IN CLIMATE REALITY – JULY 18 – 26 – APPLY BY JUNE 25

https://climaterealityproject.org/apply/globaltraining

This July, led by founder Al Gore, Climate Reality is hosting its first-ever online trainingThe Climate Reality Leadership Corps: Global Training 2020, to mobilize and grow the global movement of activists committed to combating the climate crisis. Free of charge. 

This is an exceptional opportunity for those who have been wanting to attend a Leadership Corps training but have been unable to travel or otherwise be away from their responsibilities for several days.

During the training, you can expect to:

  • Hear from leading experts on strategies for implementing practical clean energy and sustainability solutions around the world.

  • Gain an understanding of the road ahead for the climate movement and how we make a rapid transition to clean energy by promoting justice and equity.

  • Connect with other Climate Reality Leaders and become member of our global network of activists.

  • Strengthen and build your skills in public speaking, advocacy, community organizing, and digital media to be an effective activist and leader.

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FOR MORE INFORMATION YOU ARE INVITED TO CHECK OUT OUR WEBSITE, www.climatefast.ca and this information treasure trove maintained by Ray Nakano: https://myclimatechange.home.blog/2019/07/14/what-we-can-do-now/

To volunteer, email volunteer@climatefast.ca or fill in the form here: https://climatefast.ca/get-involved

We need volunteers for our municipal work, for planning future webcasts, for Kitchen Table Climate Conversations and more!

 

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STAY HEALTHY! GET INVOLVED! WE ARE MAKING A DIFFERENCE!