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Earth Day 2020: Towards a Green and Healthy Recovery

We’d like to thank all of our volunteers who helped make this webcast possible: Ray Nakano, Sharon Bider, Paul Stevers and Sophie Bedard, our technical team, Brian MacLean, Colleen Lynch, Rosemary Boissonneau and Brett Lundy, our social media, media, and outreach team, and a special thanks to Allie Rougeot, our MC, from Fridays for Future.  Thank you to Amelia Rose and Mark Shapland who handled the website work and e-newsletters, and Mark for managing our YouTube chat. Many others helped to amplify this event including ClimateFast volunteers Anne Keary, Margaret Rao, Leo Lepiano.  Also Toronto 350, the Climate Action Network, Toronto Climate Action Network, Rita Bijons, Liz Rice, CSI and many others.  We thank all those who tweeted, retweeted, or emailed others about our event.  This really helped to build our audience.  

This was our very first webcast, and we could not have done it without you!  Thank you to all our presenters for your confidence in us.  We look forward to working with you in future!  We are all building this climate movement together.

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Thank you for your interest!
Lyn Adamson
Co-Chair ClimateFast


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

Wednesday, April 22nd at 7:00pm EDT

Visit our Facebook event page and register on Eventbrite.
Watch ClimateFast's Earth Day Webcast, on Wed. April 22nd at 7pm EDT, live on YouTube

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 the policies that will provide a just recovery so that all life on this planet can flourish for generations to come. What will the next 50 years bring?

Our response to the COVID-19 emergency demonstrates that the world can effectively deal with the climate emergency! Join us for a live webcast designed to explore how we can create a Just Recovery and a healthy future for the planet.

Come and be inspired to take action in a renewed climate movement!


MC Allie Rougeot

Aliénor (Allie) is an Economics and Public Policy student at the University of Toronto. She has been an environmental and human rights activist since the age of 10, and has been passionate about sustainability and climate justice since high school. In January 2019 she took on the role of coordinator for the Fridays for Future movement in Toronto. Fridays for Future is a worldwide movement where students have been striking and protesting to demand bold climate action from all levels of government. Allie has been recognized for her work by the Canadian Voice of Women for peace with the Kim Phuc Youth Award, Toronto Post Magazine in “20 under 20” and Corporate Knights “30 under 30”. 

T: @TOforFuture and @AlienorR2
F: Fridays for Future Toronto/GTA

Lyn Adamson

Lyn is Co-Chair of ClimateFast and Co-Chair of Canadian Voice of Women for Peace. She has been a life long advocate for peace and environmental justice. Lyn is a Quaker and a mother and grandmother.

T: @lynadamson1

Katharine Hayhoe

Born and raised in Toronto, Katharine is one of the world's best known climate scientists. She is Political Science Endowed Professor in Public Policy and Public Law at Texas Tech University and is Director of their Climate Center. She is most widely known as one of the most effective communicators of climate issues for the general public through her social media, media interviews and her Youtube videos with PBS Digital Studios.  She hosts the PBS digital series, Global Weirding and in 2019 was named a United Nations Champion of the Earth.

Y: Global Weirding with Katharine Hayhoe - Video Series
F: Katharine Hayhoe
T: @KHayhoe
IG: katharinehayhoe


Deborah McGregor

Teaching at York University's Faculty of Environmental Studies and Osgoode Law School, Deborah is a member of Whitefish River First Naton. She is a co-organizer of The Indigenous Environmental Justice Project. Her newest publication is "Mother Earth" in the free book published today, <Earth Day 2020: An Insider's Guide to a Rapidly Changing Planet> downloadable at

T: @theIEJproject
IG: @theIEJproject
YT: The IEJ Project

Catherine Abreu

Catherine is the Executive Director of Climate Action Network  Canada. a coalition of more than 100 organizations operating from coast to coast to coast. Catherine is an internationally recognized, award-winning campaigner whose work centres on building powerful coalitions to advance transformative action on climate change.

F: Climate Action Network Canada
T: @CANRACCanada and @cat_abreu
IG: @canraccanada

Dianne Saxe

Dr. Dianne Saxe is one of Canada's most respected environmental lawyers and was the Environmental Commissioner of Ontario 2015 to 2019. She was appointed unanimously by all MPPs to report to the Legislature on Ontario's environmental, energy and climate performance, and to be the guardian of the Environmental Bill of Rights. Now heading SaxeFacts Law Professional Corporation, providing legal and strategic inspiration and direction on climate, energy and environment. Substantial board experience. 

T: @envirolaw1

YT: several media interviews and speeches, easily searchable

Carbon Pricing Petition Parliamentary Petition
Climate Caucas Letter to the Prime Minister

Amara Possian

Amara is a campaigner, educator, and facilitator with 10+ years of experience helping groups run winning campaigns and build thriving organizations. She has led some of Canada’s most impactful people-powered campaigns, using digital tools to engage and mobilize hundreds of thousands of people to win on issues and change governments. She currently manages campaigns at and teaches Digital Campaigning at Seneca College in Toronto. 

T: @amarapossian


Lella Blumer

Lella is an organizer with For Our Kids Canada, supporting local teams of parents involved in climate action.

For Our Kids #GreenRecovery campaign

F: For Our Kids
IG: @for_our_kids_climate

Dr. Toni Sappong

Dr. Sappong is a community family physician based in Toronto, passionate about environmental and social justice. She is the co-founderof PlasticFree Toronto, an educational platform devoted to environmental
sustainability, climate justice, and community resilience and has twice presented to participants of ClimateFast’s Kitchen Table Climate Conversations on climate and health.

T: @plasticfreeto
IG: @plasticfreeto

F: Plasticfree Toronto


Jennifer Henry

Jennifer has worked for over 25 years in social justice with and for Canadian churches, faith and activist networks. 
Since 2012, she has served as the Executive Director of KAIROS, where churches join together, and peoples—Indigenous, settler and newcomer—come together in shared commitments to ecological justice and human rights. 

A settler, Jennifer lives in Toronto on land governed by the Dish with One Spoon Wampum Belt Covenant.

F: KAIROS: Canadian Ecumenical Justice Initiatives
YT: Kairos Canada
T: @KairosCanada
IG: @kairos.canada
For the Love of Creation - A Faith-based Initiative for Climate Justice

Willard Metzger

Willard is the Executive Director of Citizens for Public Justice (CPJ). He has decades of senior leadership experience in Mennonite Church Canada, Canadian Council of Churches, and World Vision Canada and is an author and public speaker with a passion for justice.

F: Citizens for Public Justice - CPJ
T: @PublicJustice
IG: @citizensforpublicjustice
For the Love of Creation - A Faith-based Initiative for Climate Justice

Lily Phan

A board member of the National Farmers Union--Ontario and a grower! She's excited about sharing their new policy document released recently, "Tackling the Farm Crisis and the Climate Crisis" available at

F: National Farmers Union--Ontario
T: @NFUOntario
IG: @nfuontario

Isaac Crosby

The Agricultural Lead at Evergreen Brick Works in Toronto, Isaac is a popular workshop leader and garden planner.  He attributes his knowledge of growing plants to his grandfather and his family's Shawnee, Anishinaabe and Black ancestry.

IG: @BrotherEarth7824 and @evergreen_brick_works
T: @EGBrickworks

Rommel Bellosillo

Mobilization Campaigner, Greenpeace Canada; Bailout campaign petition:

F: Greenpeace Canada
T: @greenpeaceCA
IG: @greenpeace_canada
F: iamrommelb
IG: iamrommelb


Sarah Kamau 

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Sarah is the coordinator for the Africa Climate Action Initiative (ACAI) at the Canada Africa Partnership (CAP) Network.  While in Kenya she worked with refugees and witnessed first-hand the impacts of climate change.

Register for May 7 webinar here. Africa Climate Action Initiative
F: Africa Climate Action
W: CAP Website


Katie Krelove

Katie Krelove is the Ontario Campaigner for the Wilderness Committee, she works to inspire people-powered protection of wetlands, woodlands, wildlife and climate. 

F: Wilderness Committee 
F: Wilderness Committee--Ontario Office
YT: Wilderness Committee
T: @wildernews
IG: @wildernews and @wildernewsontario

Angela Bischoff

Angela Bischoff has worked with the environmental non-profit sector for more than 3 decades in 4 Canadian cities on issues ranging from climate change to transportation to waste to energy to elections. She is the Director of the Ontario Clean Air Alliance, the small but mighty group behind Ontario’s coal phase out. Their goal is to move Ontario to a 100% renewable electricity future, replacing nuclear and gas with water power from Quebec, conservation and made-in-Ontario renewables.

Angela publishes a weekly Toronto environmental events list as well as a No Nukes Newsletter. To subscribe, send her an email to:
Sign their petition for an Ontario gas plant phase-out: 


Cassie Norton


F: Cassie Norton Music
F: Music for Climate Justice