Our speakers explore what a healthy, abundant, zero-emissions future could look like and why this is the moment to act!
Positive action and progress is already underway. With existing technologies and methods to capture carbon and eliminate emissions, we can reach ‘drawdown’, the point in time when the amount of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere starts to decline. We have all the solutions we need to solve the crisis while also producing jobs, improving health, saving money, eliminating hunger and preventing pollution. Climate solutions are key to protecting and regenerating the natural resources of our one planet, and rebuilding our relationship with the systems that sustain all life on Earth. We have put together a diverse line-up of speakers who will share stories about solutions to reverse global warming across a range of issues -- solutions that are already at work across society, including retrofitting buildings, active transportation, food waste and the new green economy. Through the insights of our speakers, we seek to foster learning, inspiration and wonder – and provoke conversations that matter. In the spirit of TEDx, “ideas worth spreading!”
A program of the 12th annual EcoFair Toronto, Drawdown Toronto, Green Neighbours Network and Transition Toronto.
Elizabeth Bagley is Director of Drawdown Learn at Project Drawdown, where she connects people with climate change solutions, creating relevant, researched, and relatable sustainability content and initiatives that inspire audiences to take action to help people and the planet thrive together.
Jon Love is active in the movement for a just, sustainable, thriving world for all. He has worked with the Pachamama Alliance, the Hunger Project, and most recently with Drawdown Toronto.
Sayan Sivanesan is the Project Coordinator for Toronto Environmental Alliance Zero Waste High Rise Project. He works with high-rise buildings across Toronto to measure their waste output, as well as develop and implement custom waste reduction plans.
Sheena Sharp is a Licensed architect, and a fellow of Architecture Canada (RAIC). She is the principal at CoolEarth ArchitectureInc., located in Toronto, which specializes in low carbon design.She serves a Chair of the Ontario Association of Architects Building Committee.
Leslie Solomonian is a human, a woman, a mother, a Unitarian-Universalist, a naturopathic doctor & a rebel seeking to help individuals, communities and the planet reach their fullest potential. She co-founded NEST (Naturopathic Doctors for Environmental and Social Trust) to support the naturopathic profession to engage in advocacy for social and ecological determinants of planetary health.
Dr. Tomislav Svoboda
Dr. Tomislav Svoboda is an Associate Professor, Family Physician and Public Health Specialist in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Toronto. His clinical work has focused on providing primary care based mental health and addictions care for those who are homeless. His environmental work includes studying and practicing sustainably low GHG emission lifestyles.
Dr. Antonia Sappong
Dr. Toni Sappong is a community family physician based in Toronto, passionate about environmental and social justice. She is the co-founder of PlasticFree Toronto, an educational platform devoted to environmental sustainability, climate justice, and community resilience.
Dr. Dianne Saxe is one of Canada’s most respected environmental lawyers, and was the Environmental Commissioner of Ontario 2015 to 2019. Now heading Saxe Facts Law Professional Corporation, providing legal and strategic inspiration and direction on climate, energy and environment. Substantial board experience.
Carolynne Crawley is a Mi’kmaw woman with both African and Irish ancestry. She is founder of Msit No’kmaq (“All My Relations”) which supports people in reconnecting with the land and themselves through land-based workshops, walks and retreats. She is also a member of the Indigenous Land Stewardship Circle in Tkaronto/Toronto.
Lyn Adamson is Co-Chair of ClimateFast and Co-Chair of Canadian Voice of Women for Peace. She is a mediator and trainer in nonviolence, a mother and grandmother, and a lifelong advocate for peace and environmental justice.