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Candles for COP 27: A Poem

A poem, written for and read at the "Candles for COP27: A Vigil for the Earth" event on November 13th, by ClimateFast member Colleen Lynch.

COP27 and Human Rights in Egypt

ClimateFast is deeply troubled by the fact that the COP 27 is being held in Egypt, an extremely repressive police state where the rights to freedom of expression, association and peaceful assembly are harshly repressed and infractions are met with torture, incarceration and even death.

In those circumstances, ClimateFast doesn’t feel that Canada can be part of the much needed International climate negotiations leading to a successful, inclusive and participatory climate summit without bearing witness to and demanding the end of state repression of civil society in Egypt. 

Many Voices

In September, several impactful events converged, both here in Canada and around the world. From disastrous floods In Pakistan to pipelines that threatened pristine rivers on the west coast, from widespread famine in Africa to increased energy insecurity in Europe, they underscored the threats of climate catastrophe, war, human rights violations and colonialism.

Tell the CBC that they need to tell the truth about our climate crisis

Send an email to the federal minister responsible for the CBC and the CBC executive team.

Questions for Toronto Municipal Election Candidates

Municipal elections will take place across Ontario on October 24, 2022. 

Municipal elections are important! Local elections have the lowest participation of any elections in Canada, even though municipal policies have a huge impact on overall community well-being. Many people don’t realize that residents have more power to make change happen at the local level than at the provincial or federal levels, which are more heavily influenced by the vested interests of corporate lobbyists. 

2022 Municipal Elections

Municipal elections are important! Check out these tools and resources to help you elect a Climate Champion candidate on October 24th.

Anxious Every Day and Not the Only One

Youth lead on climate justice. Literally. This summer, Fridays for Future Toronto members (FFFTO) forgo outings with friends, days at the beach and countless other things, to coordinate the adults they’ve called to the organizing table. They are anxious about the climate crisis and determined to do something about it! Join us for the Global Climate Strike September 23rd.

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!