Dear Green Neighbours
One more reminder to get out and vote on Monday, September 20. (Be sure to check with Elections Canada for the polling station nearest you and what ID to bring with you.)
Here are some further helpful links and resources from different sources to consider before you cast your vote, or to share with friends and family still preparing to vote:
Also, there's still time to get on board with Secondhand September - check out our Zero Waste section for more ideas!
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
Friday, September 24, 4-6 p.m.
Please join us at our next meeting. Contact Paul Overy at email@example.com to receive log in info for the meeting and to suggest any items for the agenda.
Calls to Action
Call or canvass for Climate Champions!
Join other ClimateFast and Team Climate 2021 volunteers in calling / canvassing for climate champion candidates in close ridings. If you can help for a few hours in the next few days, get in touch with firstname.lastname@example.org with the heading CLIMATE CANVASS.
GreenPeace action: Stop Glyphosate Spraying in Ontario Forests
Green Online Events and Webinars
University-Rosedale All-Candidates Debate on the Environment
A recording of this Green 11 sponsored event is now available here.
Find out where University-Rosedale candidates stand on issues of the environment, a just transition, and national Indigenous healing and reconciliation.
(For other ridings check out 100 Debates on the Environment.)
March for Basic Income Toronto
Saturday Sept. 18, 1-2 pm
Meet at Nathan Phillips Square (City Hall) by the Toronto sign
Special pre-election annual March for Basic Income - make your voices heard! Register here to stay updated.7 special guest speakers over 3 locations!
Affordable housing: Yes, It's a Climate Issue!
Tuesday, Sep 21, 2021 07:00 PM
Come learn how housing affordability is directly related to climate change and how it is an issue we should all care about! In this webinar, Laurent Levesque and Julieta Perucca will discuss the intersections between housing, equity and climate change as well as the solutions available to us.
The Green Sessions – Prepare for Action!
Tuesday - Wednesday, September 21 & 22
Art is Activism! Canada’s performing arts community is invited to a FREE online gathering of some of Canada's most knowledgeable and inspiring climate leaders, activists and educators. Artists have an essential part to play in the climate battle; storytellers and communicators can be instrumental in delivering a societal shift.
Family Art in the Park for Climate
Davisville Farmers’ Market
Tuesday, September 21, 4:00pm - 6pm
Join For Our Kids Toronto for a FREE kids art activity in the park for the upcoming Global Climate Strike!
For Our Kids families will be marching at the upcoming Global Climate Strike on Sept. 24th. Join with your signs and climate hero capes that you create at this event.
- Create your own sign for the march with an original colouring page template made by local artist Suen Goonesekera
- Help decorate a big banner for the climate march with finger paint
- Take a selfie at the “Be a Climate Hero” photo booth in a superhero cape. You get to take the cape home to decorate!
Global Climate Strike - #UPROOTTHESYSTEM
Friday, September 24 , 12.30 p.m.
Two years after Toronto saw its largest climate strike, let’s gather again to demand real and immediate climate action. Stand united for immediate, just and concrete action from world leaders! Strike with Fridays for Future TO: bit.ly/strike2021 Sign up to join the volunteer list here! More info on the event Facebook page.
Progress Toronto 2021 Fall Training Series
City Council will be voting soon on inclusionary zoning and this is your opportunity to up your skills so you can learn how to speak at Committee and meet with your City Councillor in order to ensure as many affordable housing units are built as possible.
#2 Building Your Personal Narrative
Tuesday, September 28 - 6PM ET
#3 How to Speak at a Government Committee
Thursday, October 14 - 6PM ET
#4 City Hall 101
Wednesday, October 27 - 7PM ET
#5 November City Council Online Watch Party & Discussion
Tuesday, November 9 - 9:30AM
KAIROS Climate Action Month
A new action every day! New blog content daily!
TRCA Offers Free Nature E-Learning Online Fall Activities
With titles including: "Native Plants", "Life of Tree", "Gardening in a Changing Climate", "Saving Seeds", and more!
Our Fragile Planet series
September 7 through December 9th
Hosted by Toronto Public Library Titles include "Get into the Meadoway", "The Pollinator Medicine Wheel", "Life of a Tree", "Urban Stewardship", "Saving Seeds", and more!
Green News & Resources
Urban Forest Opportunities from LEAF
LEAF works to connect communities with and grow the urban forest through various programs and events.
- Do-It-Yourself Tree Planting Program: With support from the City of Toronto Forestry, LEAF can help Toronto property owners plant native trees and shrubs for less. Homeowners, businesses and multi-units all qualify, and will receive an arborist consultation and educational videos to guide the selection, planting and care of new trees. Bonus – if you are replacing an ash tree, an additional rebate may apply.
- Tree Tours and other events: LEAF’s events provide an opportunity to explore the important role trees play for people and urban wildlife. Participants will also gain tree-ID skills and discover new ways to support the urban forest.
- Backyard Biodiversity: This campaign offers a range of fun factsheets and planting opportunities to support wildlife right at home. Learn easy ways to ensure peaceful co-existence with the urban wildlife that live in or visit yards.
GreenPeace: Ontario divisional court rules Ford government acted “unreasonably and unlawfully” by failing to consult the public before enacting sweeping changes to the rules governing MZOs
NOW Magazine: UN report shows how climate negligence endangers children One billion children face “extremely high risk” from climate change, UNICEF warns
UNICEF: The Climate Crisis is a Child Rights Crisis
Green Beauty - 5 Companies Making a Change 🌺
CBC News: Toronto is designed for a climate that doesn't exist anymore and it needs to 'face the reality,' experts say
YES Magazine: Is It Time to Abandon the Term “Climate Anxiety”?
Poetry Foundation: Plastic: A Personal History by Elizabeth Bradfield
Zero Waste Events, News and Resources
World Clean up Day
This weekend as part of International Coastal Cleanup Day and World Cleanup Day, some local events include:
- U of T Trash Team's 3rd annual Urban Litter Challenge on at 10 locations. Preregistration is required and the number of participants are limited due to covid -
- Join (or register to lead) your own local shoreline cleanup for free
Our Food Dilemma: Zero Waste Dine and Learn
Thursday September 23, 6-7 pm
Christie Pits Park
Do you want to learn more about the power of your food choices? Paul DeCampo, expert and advocate in food systems from Karma Food Co-op, will help explore the topic of food systems together. Walk away with tangible action items that can be implemented in our day-to-day lives here in the city. Free! Registration requred.
Sunday, September 26, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Secondhand Sunday is an event supported by the City of Toronto, that encourages residents of single-family homes to leave unwanted reusable items on their front property for neighbours to take for free. Any resident can participate or to learn about bringing Secondhand Sunday to your community, visit the website for the latest information, future event dates, resources and support.
Join the Secondhand September Challenge
Look for ways you can make the most out of materials that already exist. Suggestions from Random Acts of Green:
- Renting – borrow the items you need from a library, service or peer-to-peer network.
- Upcycle – transform a material you already have into the item you are looking for.
- Swap – host or attend a clothing swap to help redistribute items locally.
- Recycled Materials – take a closer look at the materials used in manufacture of items you need and support makers that create using second hand materials. Not all items themselves can be bought second hand but perhaps those products can be consciously created using repurposed materials.
- Borrow – for items that you need for a limited time, ask people in your networks if they can lend you what you need.
- Repair – try to mend what you have or have it altered or fixed by someone who can.
- Consume less – simply buy only what you need and nothing more.
Green Back To School - Tips & Tricks 📚
Creative Reuse Toronto hosts Repair Café Toronto
68 Abell St
Wednesdays 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m, by advance appointment only
Free Geek Toronto expands hours
180 Sudbury St (east entrance)
Wednesdays through Saturdays, 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. for browsing, on-site purchases, or curbside pick up
Fridays and Saturday, 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m for selectronics donations drop offs
Toronto Tool Library open 6 days a week
Centre for Social Innovation (CSI) 192 Spadina (south alley)
Mon - Tues & Thu - Fri - 3 - 8 pm
Saturday - Sunday - 10 am - 3 pm
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
Toronto Urban Agriculture Week
Catch the last few days! Celebrate food grown in Toronto and the people who grow it! Festivities will include garden tours, workshops, and harvest parties across the city. See progress on the Veggie Derby, vote on the Best in GrowTO Contest and find UA Week events across the city.
Try Seed Saving this Fall!
Set yourself up with next year's seeds by saving seeds from this year's harvest! By keeping different seed varieties, we can preserve genetic diversity, save rare heirloom varieties from extinction, and increase crop resiliency to changing conditions induced by climate change. The more types of seeds you keep and circulate with your community, the better chance those plants have at surviving and adapting to changing conditions over time.
NOW Magazine: How Toronto neighbourhood groups are helping people grow food at home
Live Green Toronto: Worm Composting for My Garden & the Environment
Second Harvest: 10 Clever & Easy Kitchen Hacks to Reduce Your Home’s Food Waste
Second Harvest: A Drop’s Worth: The Value of Water on Food Security - Are we valuing water like we should?
Second Harvest: Our Climate Crisis and Food Security
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
Grow Food Toronto
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
Support Cycle Toronto’s Big Toronto Bike Ride Annual Fundraiser
September 18 & 19
Support safe streets, cycling equity, and green transportation in Toronto. Register or donate here! Participants riding DIY-style can create their own route or choose from five prepared routes, including the 85 km Really Big Ride!
StreetSmartsTO: Biking in all Weather Conditions Webinar
choose one of two dates:
Tuesday, September 21, 2021, 5:00 p.m.or
Friday September 24, 2021 12:00 p.m.
For more bike tips, check out the videos on Cycle Toronto's Youtube channel and follow Cycle Toronto on Twitter to stay in the loop
World Car Free Day
Wednesday, September 22
The best way to observe World Car Free Day is to simply not use your vehicle! Find ways in your community to get around without your car.
If you decide to go car-free, share your experience on social media using #CarFreeDay.
- walk or ride your bike
- consider using a skateboard or electric scooter instead
- take advantage of public transportation
- organize a carpool with co-workers
- spend time with your children while walking to school
Bikechain has moved!
230 College St (entrance on Huron)
Bikechain is a non-profit bicycle shop working to make cycling and bicycle repairs more accessible for students and the wider community
- Curbside parts sales: Monday to Friday, 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
- Drop off bike repairs: Monday to Friday by appointment
Public bicycle fixit stations for DIY small bicycle repairs and maintenance
Beyond the Automobile: Car Dependency is a Spectrum
Calls for Donations and Volunteers
LEAF September Volunteer Orientation
Monday, September 27, 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Learn how you can help the urban forest in 2021 and beyond! Registation required
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