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"This is a once in a generation opportunity. If we all stand together, we can push the government towards a bold climate strategy that’s justice-based, respects the UN Declaration on the rights of Indigenous peoples, aligns with climate science, and commits Canada to a 100% renewable energy economy."
Join the People’s Climate Plan (a broad-based collective of climate justice groups) at this teach-in to build strong community pressure for a meaningful and just national climate plan.
Saturday June 4, 9:30-3:30 Sidney Smith Hall, University of Toronto
Plenary discussion featuring Myeengun Henry (Chippewas of the Thames FN), with Avi Lewis (Leap Manifesto), and others to be announced, followed by three workshops- each on a key pillar of the People's Climate Plan.
The teach-in will enable participants to access reliable, relevant information on key climate issues, as well as to pose questions, express doubts, and exchange views as we aim to advance three pillars for effective, grassroots action:
• A national climate plan that aligns with the science of climate change and ensures Canada meets its commitments to a 1.5°C world by keeping its fossil fuels reserves in the ground.
• A national plan that builds a 100% renewable energy economy by 2050, creating over a million clean, safe and rewarding jobs.
• A national plan that enshrines justice & reconciliation for Indigenous peoples, ensures no worker is left behind in the transition to a clean energy economy, and takes leadership from those hit hardest by the climate crisis.
A separate workshop will take up each of these themes. All workshops will be repeated three times, so participants can take part in each of them.
9:30 Opening and welcome
10:00 Plenary panel discussion
12:00 Lunch break ( lunch provided)
12:30 First set of workshops
1:30 Second set of workshops
2:30 Third set of workshops
For more information on the People's Climate Plan, visit: http://peoplesclimate.ca/
This unique conference begins in a synagogue and ends in a church, offering insight and dialogue on the scandal of a Jewish Jesus and how that might influence how we speak and act in the modern world.
Sponsored by College Street United Church, The Inter-Church, Interfaith Committee of Toronto Southeast Presbytery, The Christian Jewish Dialogue of Toronto, The First Narayever Synagogue of Toronto.
The conference begins Friday June 3rd and runs through Sunday June 5th.
Cost: $110 per person
Special rates for groups of 5 or more: $90 per person and with every 5 registrations 1 complementary ticket
Satruday Evening lecture only: $25
The People’s Climate Plan has generously offered to present a webinar for people of faith planning to participate in their local climate townhalls. This free webinar will provide political and policy context, as well as information on ways you can get involved.
It will take place on
Friday, May 13, 2016
1:30–2:30 pm EDT
I hope you are able to join us! Please visit the EDGE website to register and find out more about our presenters.
The People’s Climate Plan is organizing at a grassroots level before, during, and after the national climate consultations.
For more information, see Speak Up in Support of a Bold National Climate Strategy.
The province has announced its proposed changes to the Greenbelt and Growth Plans as part of the Coordinated Review. There is a lot to share, and below you can find out how to take action and stay informed. Here are the key points from the government's changes:
A bigger, stronger Greenbelt.
A commitment to curb urban sprawl and grow our communities smartly.
Greater support for agriculture and local food.
We are encouraged by the proposal to grow the Greenbelt to include 21 urban river valleys and seven coastal wetlands, bringing the Greenbelt into cities and towns with over 6 million residents.
The province also added four parcels of protected countryside in the City of Hamilton and Niagara Region. But we were disappointed that the widely supported initiative to expand the Greenbelt and protect a ‘Bluebelt’ of vulnerable water resources was left out of the amendments. We hear that the province plans to start a process to identify such areas in the coming months, and will be working hard with our partners and supporters like you to hold them to their word.
Join us during the open houses to call on the province to move quickly and decisively to grow the Greenbelt further and protect these vital water resources.
Big changes to the Growth Plan should help curb urban sprawl and encourage the development of compact, livable communities, by directing 50% more growth to existing urban areas, and increasing density targets for projects on undeveloped green space from 50 to 80 people and jobs per hectare. Not only will this help us accommodate almost 3 million more people by 2031, it will make better use of the $31 billion in provincial transit spending over the coming decade, and help us meet our ambitious climate change targets.
The 5,500 Greenbelt farms will also benefit from the proposed changes, which enable farmers to be entrepreneurial by placing fewer restrictions on what they can do or build on their farms. A viable farming sector requires more than just a land base to thrive - the Plans will also identify and protect an agricultural system for the entire Greater Golden Horseshoe, that builds on the Greenbelt to ensure that the $11 billion industry continues to grow and provide us with healthy, fresh local food.
Take Action. Stay Informed.
How will the proposed changes affect my community?
Download the Province's Discussion Document to find out.
The government wants your input. Want to get involved?
a) Attend a public open house in May and June 2016
b) Submit a comment online or through the Environmental Registry before Sept. 30, 2016
Want to stay up to date with the Review?
Visit the Greenbelt website for news and updates.
The building and grounds at West Hill will be given our TLC on June 4th and we'd love for you to join us in the gardens! All hands, hearts, gardening tools and supplies would be greatly appreciated as we get set to tidy, weed and plant for the coming warm weather. Donations of bulbs, plant cuttings and yard waste bags would be wonderful!
Pot luck lunch planned!
If you'd prefer to lend a hand inside, we'd also appreciate help sorting and organizing some storage areas, and possibly an office or two.
Please sign up in the lobby or contact he office if you'd like to lend a hand.
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