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Climate Change Comes to Ontario

The May 21, 2022 Canadian Derecho was a historic high-impact event that affected the Windsor to Quebec City- Corridor, Canada's most densely populated region. With winds up to 190 km/h and several tornadoes, it caused extensive damage along a 1,000 kilometres path. Three cities across southern Ontario declared a state of emergency. at least eleven people were killed and power outages affected an estimated 1.1 million customers,

Health and environment groups demand public consultations on aviation emissions plan

Over thirty health, environment, faith and youth groups today released a letter urging the federal government to consult the public before releasing a new ten-year action plan to reduce climate pollution from air travel.

Celebrate National Indigenous Day - June 21st

June is National Indigenous History Month, and on June 21st we celebrate National Indigenous Peoples Day. It is a time to recognize the rich history and culture of First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples across Canada.

Election Reflections and Next Steps

The Ontario provincial election is over but the results were not what we were hoping for. In our last several newsletters we invited every one of you to consider the importance of the June 2nd provincial election in moving climate action forward, and many of you stepped up. You joined cooperative voting initiatives, you worked on campaigns for climate champions, and you made sure to vote!

A Reason To Hope - The Regreening of Sudbury

“For me, Sudbury is an indication that we aren't going to lose. Climate change is the biggest and most crucial challenge we face. There is hope.”

Running 3.5 for 1.5 Degrees of Peace

Congratulations to ClimateFast volunteer Mark Shapland for a successful fundraising campaign for the youth documentary film, 1.5 Degrees of Peace. Mark ran the May 1st Toronto Marathon in 3:24:30, beating his goal of 3.5 hours.

World Fish Migration Day

By Swati Tomar and Lorna McCue
May 17, 2022

Every two years, World Fish Migration Day (WFMD) culminates in a global celebration dedicated to raising awareness of the value of migratory fish and flowing rivers. World Fish Migration Foundation coordinates the event. 

Emergency in Ontario Toronto Rally

More than a thousand keen activists came out for a high energy festive rally for Climate, Communities and Nature on Saturday. May 14th

Climate Conversations in Ontario - Part 6 - Art & Antidotes

Our conversations - shared expertise, stories, anecdotes - help us discover what we can offer each other. In fact, our lives depend on inter-dependence - the nurse, the nurturer, the tech genius, the farmer, the field hand. What a shambles our world would be in, without the diverse skills, approaches and gifts we offer one another.

Climate Conversations in Ontario - Part 5 - Environmental Right

There are some things, among the varied perspectives and views we all bring to the table, that we can agree on. Perhaps basic needs and basic rights are among them? I mean, pared down, no-doubt, survival needs like clean air and water and ample food.

May 1 Toronto Rally and March for Decent Work and Climate Justice

ClimateFast was an active participant in the joint climate justice-workers May Day rally in Toronto on May 1, 2022.

IPCC Report: Climate Change 2022: Mitigation of Climate Change

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is the United Nations body for assessing the science related to climate change. 

Climate Conversations in Ontario - Part 4 - An Everything Issue

How many clues has nature thrown our way lately, that health requires a safe climate. That a safe climate depends on intact eco-systems. That strong eco-systems are essential to health. And around we go again! 

Climate Conversations in Ontario - Part 3 - How to Live

Sometimes, when we want to talk climate, we shy away from it for a very good reason - there are other, just as pertinent, just as life-threatening concerns in the room. Shelter is one of them. Acquiring and maintaining safe shelter - affordable, accessible housing - is a basic need. It is critical. It should be a right here in Ontario where we do have the wherewithal to make sure everyone is safely housed.

Climate Conversations in Ontario - Part 2 - A Better Living

As the saying goes - habits are hard to break. Seriously, change is stressful and the climate emergency demands change at all levels - widespread, multi-sectoral change. Another word for this change is transition, or even transformation. 

Climate Conversations in Ontario - Funds for Good

Sometimes, when new knowledge, perhaps of a cataclysmic weather event or impact of environmental racism weighs heavy inside, it’s hard not to want to speak about it at a social gathering. The topic can be quite unwelcome though!

IPCC Report: Climate Change 2022: Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability

This report concludes that “Climate change is a threat to human well-being and planetary health,” and any further delay in drastically reducing greenhouse gas emissions “will miss a brief and rapidly closing window of opportunity to secure a livable and sustainable future for all.”

Ontario Budget Consultations - Have Your Say!

2022 Ontario Budget consultations are now open. However, the budget proposals are woefully inadequate, so ClimateFast has developed a public resource to make it easy for you to add ideas that have been missed.

Talking About Climate in Ontario

An Ontario provincial election approaches! As it does, It is clear we need actions that protect our health, build strong communities and create a climate just future. What can we do to help ensure that happens?

Let's Put Climate in the Budget

Update on climate budget process - there is still time! Join a town hall and advocate for funding for TransformTO.