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Dear Green Neighbours
Summer is here and that means it’s time for Plastic Free July.  COVID-19 take-out has exacerbated single use plastic, and the increase in outdoor dining during the warmer months holds the potential for more.  Last month the city of Toronto approved a strategy to tackle the problem but we can’t let up the pressure yet.  While the federal government’s 2020 initiative to ban six plastic products is part of a larger plan to achieve zero plastic waste by 2030, unless additional items are added to the list, plastic pollution will only get worse. Read on below for ideas on steps you can take. 

Green 11 is a volunteer driven community group. If there is a green initiative that you are interested in starting and recruiting volunteers for, please get in touch with us and we will see how we can support you. If you are wondering if people in Ward 11 are working on a particular green project, get in touch with us and we might be able to point you in the right direction.


Green 11 Monthly Meeting
Monday, June 28, 7-9 p.m.
Please join us at our next meeting, Monday, June 28, 7-9 p.m.  Contact Paul Overy at paul.greenward11@gmail.com to receive log in info for the meeting and to suggest any items for the agenda.



Calls to Action

Stop the Goldboro mega gas project
Pieridae Energy is intensively lobbying the federal government to invest in the Goldboro LNG plant. The company says federal support is essential to breaking ground on this project. Pieridae Energy will make a final decision about the feasibility of its Goldboro liquefied natural gas (LNG) plant project in Nova Scotia by the end of June 2021. And without a $1 billion investment from the federal government, they will be hard pressed to move forward.  The total emissions of the project would be equivalent to the pollution of more than 12 million cars!  

Consider sending a letter to finance minister Chrystia Freeland and key Trudeau cabinet ministers demanding they reject Pieridae’s billion-dollar demand now.



No more polluting buses after 2030
Toronto and Brampton are starting to roll out electric buses. These vehicles are cheap to operate, create good local jobs and are a key climate solution. But e-bus deployment is far too modest. Only three percent of Toronto and 1.8 percent of Brampton’s buses are electric. If we’re to protect our climate and health — and save money — we need a major electrification push!

The science says we must reduce greenhouse gas emissions dramatically over the next decade. Consider sending the mayors of Toronto and Brampton this pre-written letter requesting a fully electric, emissions-free bus fleet no later than 2030.



Support the Toronto Fossil Fuel (Non-Proliferation) Treaty Campaign   
It is clear that reducing GHG emissions will require that we reduce not only the consumption of fossil fuels but their production.  It is also clear that it is only through an international treaty to which all nations subscribe that we will be able to do this on a global scale.  Since we need rapid reductions every year this decade, international cooperation is key.

Ward 11 Councillor Mike Layton is planning to introduce a motion for Toronto to endorse the Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty at its July 15 meeting. If you live in University-Rosedale, consider sending a letter of support to Councillor Layton for this motion, cc-ed to the Mayor using this sample letter. You can also share this action with your contacts in other wards - ask them to write a letter to their councillor urging them to vote in favour of supporting the tray on July 15.

Opponents will speak up; supporters need to show councillors that a great many more of us care about the future and are seeking their support.Learn more and endorse the Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty here. You can listen to the ClimateFast webcast recording of the June 14 campaign launch here  and read the recent report: Fossil Fuel Exit Strategy.



Stop the Big Sprawl
Southern Ontario has some of the province’s most productive farmland, diverse wildlife habitats and precious natural wetlands and forests. Places that are worth protecting. But right now, many of those places are under threat of disappearing forever under more roads, warehouses and sprawling subdivisions.

Currently the Ontario government is asking municipalities in the Greater Golden Horseshoe to rapidly expand their urban boundaries, and lock in 30 more years of urban and commercial sprawl. Ontario’s towns can grow in a way that doesn’t destroy our precious green spaces, and instead creates vibrant communities and walkable neighbourhoods where people want to live and work. Visit Environmental Defence to learn more and send a letter to Ontario provincial party leaders here.



Defend old-growth forests
British Columbia’s old-growth forests are being chopped down at an alarming rate on Premier John Horgan’s watch. According to a stunning new map from Conservation North, B.C.’s old growth forests have been nearly eliminated by industrial activity. Despite this dire situation, Premier Horgan is still allowing logging in nine "protected" old growth areas.

At a time of climate urgency, protecting B.C.’s old-growth forests is one of the best things the province can do in the fight against climate change. In fact, without B.C.’s last stands of old growth trees, Canada may not be able to meet its carbon-reduction goals under the Paris Agreement. Consider telling Premier Horgan to keep his promises and act to protect old-growth now.



Support the Right to Housing
Toronto’s encampments are under siege, with few viable options for their residents.  Learn more about how to shift the narrative on housing at the government level here.  You can also take action using the #NoEncampmentEvictions toolkit from the Encampment Support Network to find out how to advocate and push back against the city’s attempts to displace people from their communities and homes.



 Green Online Events and Webinars

Sixty Minutes with Ecological Economists Hazel Henderson and Kate Raworth
Mon, Jun 28, 2021 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Join ecological economist and futurist, Hazel Henderson, in a 60 minutes dialogue with Kate Raworth an English economist working for the University of Oxford and the University of Cambridge. Kate is known for her work on 'doughnut economics', an economic model that balances between essential human needs and planetary boundaries. Her work shows how we can break our addiction to growth; redesign money, finance, and business to be in service to people; and create economies that are regenerative and distributive by design. Register here



How to be a Father During a Climate Emergency
Monday, June 28, 7- 8 p.m.
Fathers, grandfathers and guardians are an integral part of climate change action. Join David Suzuki and three other fathers working on climate change action in their communities to discuss How To Be A Father During A Climate Emergency.  Register here
 
 

The Condor and the Eagle film night
Tuesday, June 29 at 7 pm
You're invited for a film and discussion night. The event will support the work of  Kairos Canada, Legacy of Hope Foundation, and the Global Impact Campaign “No More Sacrificed Communities”. Watch this special screening of the Condor and the Eagle to learn what is being done to disrupt the oil industry and to listen to Indigenous voices as they rally to save our planet. Learn more & register.
 


Intersectional Environmentalism 101
Wednesday, June 30, 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
This webinar invites attendees for an introductory presentation about the intersections between race, culture, and the environment. Together we will be exploring some of the barriers faced by Black, Indigenous, people of colour, LGBTQ2+ community, Eco-Ableism and socio-economic factors within the context of the contemporary western environmental movement.

The event is intended to educate and raise awareness about the need for a diverse and inclusive approach to climate action to ensure that all voices are welcomed, honoured, and involved in the call for more sustainable lifestyles. Register here



Climate Ventures: Earth Tech Pitch Night
Wednesday, June 30, 7:00 p.m - 9:00 p.m.
Meet the cleantech entrepreneurs helping to build the Next Economy.  Watch startups from the Earth Tech accelerator pitch, and vote live to determine which three ventures will walk away with cash prizes of $10,000 and other awards! Earth Tech is an accelerator for early-stage cleantech startups working on climate and water solutions run by the Centre for Social Innovation’s Climate VenturesRegister here.



Celebrate Stewardship of the Don River
Thursday, July 1, 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Meet at Loblaws Redway parking lot
On July 1, join Don’t Mess With the Don as they host a stewardship activity at their adopted spot in the Don Valley. Joining in will be Toronto Nature Stewards (TNS) from across the city, to help in removing invasive plants, weeding, planting native plants, watering and other jobs necessary to a healthy urban greenspace.
 
Stewardship takes on many forms, from picking up trash and illegal dumping to tree planting, invasives control and even wildlife monitoring. Don’t Mess With the Don and TNS will be available to answer questions on how you can get involved with them or in your own community – this is a safe, physically distanced outdoor activity for all ages and skill levels.
 
Meet at the trailhead at the s/e corner of Loblaws Redway parking lot (11 Redway Road). Look for Don’t Mess With the Don signs. There will be a limited supply of gardening tools, so if you are able, please bring your own!  More info here.



School of the Environment - Summer webinar series
The Summer Webinar series is presented by U of T’s School of the Environment and the Environmental Students' Union (ENSU).
 
Wednesday, July 7, 3 p.m. | Water be Dammed Screening with Romila Verma
This documentary shows that by not following the four pillars of water sustainability – science, economics, governance and spiritual connections, we have damned one of our most precious resources. Through the lens of the Satluj river in Punjab, India, the film traces the story of challenges, hopes and aspirations of water’s will to survive and rejuvenate
 
Follow School of the Environment on Twitter for details on more summer seminars.



TRCA Offers Free Online Summer Activities
Food+Land+Climate – Groundwork for Change
Three-Part Series - Mondays, June 7, July 12, August 9, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Food systems have a huge impact on climate and climate has a huge influence on food. Research has shown that the global food system produces almost a quarter of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions. This ClimateFast / Drawdown series on the food system - from politics, justice, sovereignty, access, and climate - is in preparation for the upcoming UN Food Systems Summit this September.
Register for July & August
View recorded June 7 session



Green News and Resources

Four Hopeful Lessons from WW2 to Confront Climate Change
The Climate Emergency Unit released a new video this week – “Four Hopeful Lessons from WW2 to Confront Climate Change.”  Check it out here


Breaking Boundaries: The Science of Our Planet
Check out the new Netflix documentary by David Attenborough. You can also read the book it's based on: Breaking Boundaries:The Science of Our Planet by Johan Rockström, Owen Gaffney, Greta Thunberg (2021).
 

Canada’s plan to reduce emissions is lacking, watchdog says
Canada still has a lot of work to do before it can exceed its targets to reduce emissions by 40 to 45 per cent below 2005 levels by 2030, as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau promised in April, said Canada’s budget watchdog on Wednesday.


Toronto's water mains leaking 103M+ litres of water daily: RCCAO study
“The findings of this study are alarming because they confirm that our water infrastructure is aging and in dire need of repair,” says Residential and Civil Construction Alliance of Ontario executive director Nadia Todorova. “Governments must provide sustained funding to fix and replace these critical infrastructure assets. It’s incredibly inefficient and almost single-handedly defeating our water conservation goals when treated drinking water never makes it to the taps because of leaky pipes.”


Toxic ‘forever chemicals’ widespread in top makeup brands, study finds
Researchers find signs of PFAS in over half of 231 samples of products, including lipstick, mascara and foundation.

How to make sense of the new findings on 'forever chemicals' in makeup



Five Things You Didn’t Know about Pride Month, LGBTQ and the Environmental Movement


Learn more about Evergreen
Evergreen is a national environmental charity headquartered at the Evergreen Brickworks, at the east end of University-Rosedale. It was founded 30 years ago by Geoff Cape, who has been honoured internationally as an Ashoka Fellow, and nationally with the Order of Canada. The Brickworks offers a precious gateway to Toronto’s unparalleled system of ravines. In addition to a beautiful natural area with walking trails and seating areas on the site of an old brick factory and quarry, it offers a native plant nursery, a local food restaurant, extensive children's programs, a conference centre, a skating rink, and a huge farmers market. Many of the homes in University-Rosedale are built with bricks that were made at the Brickworks, from clay dug in the on-site quarry. Native plants are being nurtured on the site, including wild rice and the indigenous fruit tree pawpaw, and the site is full of wildlife. Evergreen offers many volunteer opportunities, and is actively welcoming new volunteers this year.


Zero Waste Events, News and Resources

Society’s Global Appetite for Technology Accelerates Climate Change and E-Waste
Tuesday, June 29, 1:15 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.
The carbon footprint of our devices, the internet and the systems supporting them account for about 3.7% of global greenhouse emissions, about as much as produced by the airline industry. Moreover, technology products continue to consume unsustainable amounts of materials and natural resources, be a source of hazardous substances, add to the largest growing waste stream in the world, e-waste, in addition to negative climate impacts.
The Global Electronics Council works towards creating a world of only sustainable technology products and services through programs and partnerships to address these negative environmental and social impacts while maximizing the many positive benefits that technology brings to our daily lives. Join GEC and Security Sustainability Forum in a 90-minute webinar addressing how sustainable purchasing practices can accelerate the technology industry’s pathway to net zero energy and planet friendlier products and waste management practices. Register here.



Repair it yourself (with a little help)
Did you know? Toronto Tool Library, The Sharing Depot & TTLMakerspace are working behind the scenes on re-opening! Find out what they've been up to, 10+3 things about them, and how you can support them here.


Promote returnable reusable containers
Have you asked your fave cafe or restaurant whether they carry returnable reusable containers? Let them know about DreamZeroTO  and Inwit. Say no  to unnecessary single use plastic!


Toronto votes to move ahead with a Single-Use Reduction Strategy
At its June meeting, Toronto City Council voted to move forward with the first phase of a Single-Use Reduction Strategy targeting disposable cups, bags, utensils and containers! This is a good first step, but it’s only the beginning.  This Single-Use Reduction Strategy came after years of campaigning for action on single-use plastics, and more than 2 years of consultations with record-breaking participation.  Read more about how Toronto Environmental Alliance helped make this happen and what comes next. 


Discover Reuseful
Reuseful is a new little venture (in its beta stage) for people looking to ethically declutter their homes. It accepts over 75 different items that aren't commonly accepted by the City's recycling program and help you responsibly rehome them, whether it be by matchmaking item requests with local do-good groups such as food banks and youth programs, sourcing items for local small independent businesses, and participating in corporate responsibility programs. Instead of you having to do research and make multiple trips to recycle various items, Reuseful does it for you all in one go.

Items include old keys and locked locks, menstrual cups and sex toys, Legos, black plastic takeout containers, batteries, electronics, wine corks, Juul pods and other vaping paraphenalia, toothpaste containers, leftover foreign currencies, disposible contact lenses and razors, and more! Book Reuseful today!



Summer SWAP Challenge
What does S.W.A.P. stand for? Substitute Wasteful Habits And Help Protect Our Planet!
With summer comes ice cream, patios, sun, beach, picnics, sandals, pools, flip flops, swimsuit season, and Plastic Free July. Did you know that 8.3 BILLION Tons of plastic is produced each year – and that 6.3 BILLION tons of it becomes plastic waste? It’s time to make a S.W.A.P.

This summer, Random Acts of Green announces their Summer S.W.A.P. Challenge to encourage people to help make a positive impact on the planet.  Check out some examples and sign up to take part here.



Community Reduce & Reuse Programs
Have you ever wondered what happens to abandoned bikes in Toronto? The City of Toronto works with community partners to repair and donate them to communities in need. In 2020, more than 3,500 bikes were repaired or refurbished. This is just one of the ways Toronto’s Community Reduce & Reuse Programs are helping to build a culture of waste reduction, reuse, sharing and repairing in Toronto. Learn more about the program and get involved.


Toronto Summer Anti-Litter Campaign
Starting June 21 and until mid-July the City of Toronto will be using multi-lingual digital ads, radio reads and social media to urge residents to do their part to keep Toronto clean and beautiful. The four-week public education effort covers proper bin use, taking waste home, switching to reusable items: a basic primer for residents about the impacts of litter. The goal is to decrease the volume of litter on city streets, in parks and at beaches. Read more in this week’s Litterland newsletter.


More Zero Waste News and Events
For more zero waste related news and events taking place across Toronto check out Zero Waste Hub Toronto on Twitter and Facebook !

                      
Urban Agriculture Events, News and Resources

Support Rexdale food security garden
A community group in Rexdale is petitioning to gain access to a piece of unused land to transform it into a community-led food security garden. Read more details and consider signing here.


Sustainable Gastronomy Day
June 19 marked #SustainableGastronomyDay, a day to recognize the choice of using ingredients grown with respect for the Earth & its oceans🥬; the protection of biodiversity & improved animal welfare🌾; investing in equitable livelihoods 👩‍🌾 and more.  Read more here  and learn about the UN’s Good Food for All Summit here.


Six Edible Wilds You Didn’t Know You Could Eat
You probably already know about dandelions - but can you name the rest and so you know how to prepare them?


Keep your BBQ as green as can be
BBQ Season is here! Learn some eco-friendly alternatives.


Food Resources
Annual Guide to Organics: Farmgate sales, Pick Your Own (PYO), Community Supported Agriculture (CSA’s), and more: partial list
Community Fridges TO
Farmers Markets Ontario
Foodshare
Grow Food Toronto
Get GrowingToronto

Greenbelt Fresh
Miinikaan
Not Far From the Tree (volunteer picks and harvest share from participants’ fruit bearing trees)
Toronto Food Policy Council (TFPC)
Toronto Little Free Pantries Project

Toronto Seed Exchange  
Toronto Seedy Saturday (webinar recordings, list of seed vendors, and more!)
Toronto Urban Growers (central events listing, news, resources, and more!)
Toronto Youth Food Policy Council (TYFPC)
City resources: Food banks, meal programs, meal delivery, and more



Active Transportation / Public Transit

Bike Month Wraps Up
Wow! Over 37,000km of bike rides have been logged at BikeMonth.ca! Let's make it a lap around the Earth - less than 3,000km to go! Log your rides and get entered to win 1 of 60 prizes.  

Bike Month is an opportunity for people to try riding a bike for the first time, learn new skills, or simply have fun and connect with new people. It’s taking the time to rekindle the youthful magic of exploring your neighbourhood by bike or share that joy with the next generation of bike riders. Bike Month is a celebration of cycling - but you can take that energy with you all year!



TTC “Family of Services” Program Will Force Wheel-Trans Users to Take Rides that are not Fully Accessible
Under the “Family of Services” program, thousands (up to 50% by 2025) of Wheel-Trans users will lose full access and be forced to take conventional TTC service (bus, subway, streetcar). Visit TTC Riders to learn more about the “Family of Services” program, the re-registration of Wheel-Trans users into three designation categories, how to apply for Wheel-Trans eligibility, and how to appeal a designation.  TTC Riders also have a phone script that you can use to contact your Councillor and TTC Board members to ask them to stop screening out Wheel-Trans users under the “Family of Services” program.


Win back TTC riders with lower fares and better service
World-class cities are winning back transit riders by increasing service and lowering fares. The TTC Board is voting soon on a new fare plan. Ask your Toronto City Councillor to vote for bold changes to win back transit riders and make the TTC safe and accessible now. Find out more and sign the TTC Riders petition.


Calls for Donations and Volunteers

Yards needed for Study of Ultrafine Particulate Matter in the Ambient Air - July 8-22
Help U of T’s TRAQ research group understand Air Pollution in Toronto. An air monitoring campaign will be conducted July 2021 to collect data on ultrafine particulate matter. Samples will be collected on filters at 40 sites using small monitors.  They are looking for volunteers with a protected outdoor, ground level space who would allow a monitor to be installed in their space.  Monitors will be set up on Thursday, July 8 and left in place for two weeks. Contact marianne.hatzopoulou@utoronto.ca if you have questions or want to sign up.

(TRAQ research was recently featured in the documentary Something in the Air, The Nature of Things)



Just a few more days for the Great Canadian Giving Challenge!
This June, every $1 donated to any charity on CanadaHelps is an automatic chance to WIN $20,000 for your favourite charity! Enter today and support your favourite charity! Donations count for the challenge until June 30.


Grants & Opportunities

Be an Ontario Community Changemaker
Applications close on July 4, 2021
Do you have an idea to improve your community? Ontario Community Changemakers (OCC) is an exciting new micro-grant program created for young Ontario residents to help spark new ideas and invigorate change in their local communities. This program seeks innovative mindsets from all backgrounds to make a difference in their communities through creative and fresh ideas that will activate public space, enhance civic engagement, and/or foster social inclusion.

The Ontario Community Changemakers program is open to those residing in the Province of Ontario between the ages of 19 to 35 that have a creative solution to a challenge related to public space, civic engagement and/or social inclusion. Apply now.



Urban Forestry Grants & Incentives
All Neighbourhood Tree Giveaway Program applications are due July 2.
All community grant applications are due August 13.


The City is investing in tree planting and stewardship on private land to help enhance and expand our urban forest, and to improve the health of the environment. With some of the greatest potential on private land, everyone’s help is needed to reach our 40% canopy cover target.

These programs support partnerships and collaborations with homeowners, landowners and not-for-profit organizations that advance the City’s strategic priorities to invest in people and neighbourhoods, and to tackle climate change and build resilience.

Information session: Wednesday, July 28, 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Register or join the meeting


 
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