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Dear Green Neighbours

The IPCC has released a disturbing report on the urgency of tackling the climate crisis. At the same time, the UN has adopted a landmark mandate calling for the development of a legally binding Global Plastics Treaty.  You can read below how to follow what's being discussed at the UN Summit and how to pressure world leaders to take action now.
At home, you have until Sunday to tell the City of Toronto what important measures it should be taking to tackle Single Use Plastic Waste. Make your voice heard!


Green 11 is a non-partisan, grassroots, volunteer-driven community group working on environmental and climate change related issues in Ward 11, University-Rosedale. Green 11 is a founding member group of the Green Neighbours Network of Toronto.

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, March 25, 4-6 p.m.
Please join us at our next meeting, Friday, March 25, 4-6 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.

February Meeting highlights: Chris Fraser (GBRA and Liberty Village BIA) and Sean Marshall (co-founder - Walk Toronto) spoke at our February meeting about:
  • Importance of developing the City's Active Transportation network using GIS to create Walkway story maps
  • Walking and biking infrastructure throughout the City and the evolution of the East Toronto Railpath
  • Metrolinx’s plans to install train storage in this ecologically sensitive area.  
The East Toronto Railpath trail is one among others being considered to link areas within and bordering on the Don Valley.Stay tuned for more information on this and other proposed projects in coming editions!

We also had Ward 11’s newest Climate Action Champion Liz Addison join us to discuss a potential online peer support group for home retrofitters.



Calls to Action

Have your say on Toronto’s Single Use and Takeaway Items (SUTI) Reduction Strategy
The City of Toronto is preparing to move forward with Stage 2 of the Single-Use and Takeaway Items Reduction Strategy by proposing mandatory measures that will restrict single-use and takeaway items through fees, and "ask first/by request” measures. You can complete the survey by Sunday, March 6.

Tip: the Toronto Environmental Alliance (TEA) has a blog post outlining specific measures to ask for in the survey.

Stakeholder organizations are also invited to learn more and provide feedback at two upcoming meetings. The same information will be presented on each date. Please register in advance:
 
·      Thursday, March 3, 1:30-3pm
·      Thursday, March 3, 6:30-8pm
 
More information can be found on the City's website including presentations, upcoming public event details, and recent reports.
 
For questions about stakeholder meetings, please contact wastestrategy@toronto.ca.



Small's Creek - Restoration planning needs to begin now
One of Toronto's hidden gems, Small's Creek, was clear cut by Metrolinx within a day of Toronto City Council unanimously passing a motion directly asking Metrolinx to not proceed with construction until a comprehensive restoration plan was in place. You can support Friends of Small's Creek by letting Metrolinx know that restoration planning needs to begin now. This community along with their stakeholders have the passion, expertise and ideas to help restore this precious wetland ecosystem. You can use this template.

Call for a Global Plastics Treaty
The United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA 5.2) took place this week, February 28 - March 2 in Nairobi, Kenya. They resolved to discuss a treaty, but still have much work ahead. You can use this Greenpeace petition to call on governments and world leaders to start negotiating a strong plastics treaty that addresses the whole life cycle of plastic - from the moment oil is extracted to the moment plastic is discarded.You can also sign on to this Plastic Pollution Coalition petition and encourage world leaders to support a bold & binding global plastics treaty. Read more here.

Comment on Canada’s draft plastic restrictions
52 groups are calling on the Canadian government to do more, and faster, to act on plastics: they’ve given Steven Guilbeault, the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, a to-do list - consider checking it out at Environmental Defence Canada.
Guidance: Greenpeace Canada has a blog post outlining specific measures to ask for in your comments, plus where and how to send in your comments. The public comment period on the federal government’s draft restrictions on unnecessary single use plastics is open until March 5.


Support Scaling Washing Machine Filter Solutions for Laundry Emissions
Write an email letter to your local MPP to show support for them to mandate microfiber filters on new washing machines, and ask them to extend it to include rebates on existing machines. The Georgian Bay Association has facilitated this process at this link (anyone from Ontario can do it): https://bit.ly/letterMPP

Call for the development of a new Toronto Food Charter
Black households are 3.56 times more likely to experience food insecurity than white households, while the rate of food insecurity among Indigenous Peoples is more than double that of non-Indigenous people. It’s time to redevelop Toronto’s 20-year-old Food Charter. You can sign the Foodshare petition.

Protect Indigenous and treaty rights in the Ring of Fire  
The Ring of Fire in northern Ontario is a massive planned chromite mining and smelting development project in the mineral-rich James Bay Lowlands. The Canadian Environmental Law Association (CELA), in solidarity with the Friends of the Attawapiskat River, is calling for the protection of inherent Indigenous rights and the waters of the Hudson and James Bay lowlands. Let Canada and Ontario know that developing the Ring of Fire will lead to unprecedented cumulative impacts and threaten the land that has been home to Indigenous nations since time immemorial. You can send a letter now.  Read more here.


Say no to the carbon capture and storage tax credit
Leadnow has launched a petition to Minister Wilkinson, Minister Guilbeault and Minister Freeland against the tax credit and calling for the government to fund real climate action, workers, and communities instead. Environmental Defence has also launched a letter-writing campaign, providing a letter that you can customize and send to Minister Freeland.

Move the Don Valley Layover Facility
The proposed Don Valley Layover Facility endangers an environmentally sensitive part of the Don Valley. The current plans would disrupt wildlife migration; interrupt the recreational trail that many Torontonians rely on for commuting, dog walking, and bicycling; and damage the fragile ecosystem that has taken decades to restore after industrial pollution. You can sign the petition here.


 Green Online Events and Webinars

Eric Krause Memorial Lecture 2022
Thursday, March 3, 5:00 to 7:00 pm
Columbia University and NASA scientist Dr. Kate Marvel will discuss using climate models, observations, paleoclimate reconstructions, and basic theory to study climate change at present and the future.


Toronto Waterfront Revitalization Public Consultation
Thursday March 3, 2022, 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

YUFA Climate Emergency Committee March Climate Talk
Friday, March 4th, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
Featuring Muna-Udbi Abdulkadir Ali, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Environmental & Urban Change. Part of the York Climate Talks speaker series.  York University Faculty Association (YUFA) addresses climate issues and advances climate actions and activities at York University.


Talk Climate to Me
Wednesdays, March 9-30, 8-9 pm
Do you want to learn more about the climate crisis in an accessible, supportive, and non-judgy environment? Talk Climate to Me is a fun, free, unscary, online, team-based climate education experience for women-identifying folks in Canada.


Earth Songs: Music for Climate Justice
Friday, March 11 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
This new series shines a spotlight on climate justice, featuring Emily Carr Quartet, one of Canada’s top string quartets and the Wolff organ at Christ Church Cathedral. Earth Songs: Music for Climate Justice draws attention to the need for action to reverse the climate crisis, aiming to educate, entertain, and inspire change.  The March event theme is Water, marking World Water Day on March 22.


Day of Action for a Just Transition
Saturday, March 12
It’s been nearly 3 years since Justin Trudeau promised to pass a Just Transition Act and there has been no serious progress. Parliament must meet the moment and pass sweeping just transition legislation that acts at the speed of the climate crisis, creates good, green jobs, and puts people first.  Sign up to host an action or attend one in your community.

In Ward 11: Launching a ministry for a Just Transition
Chrystia Freeland's Office
Saturday, March 12, 11:30 am


What Hope for Climate Action?
Tuesday, March 15, 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
The talk will explore progress in climate action, reviewing the recent results of the Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change Report on Impacts and Adaptation. Humanitarian Affairs Officer with the United Nations Zinta Zommers will highlight risks of delaying action but also explain innovative work by the United Nations to anticipate climate shocks in the world's most vulnerable places.


Indigenous Science and Climate Change
Wednesday, March 23 | 12 pm - 2 pm
This talk will discuss the undeniable fact that although Indigenous communities are among the most affected by climate devastation, Indigenous science is nowhere to be found in mainstream environmental policy or discourse.


Fridays for Future Global Climate Strike
Friday, March 25, 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Toronto Public Library Free Online Events
Our Fragile Planet
  • Snowbirds: The Ones That Visit Us in the Winter, Wed Mar 09, 12:00 - 1:00 pm
  • Rain to Runoff: A Stormwater Story, Wed Mar 23, 1:00 - 2:00 pm
On Civil Society: Climate
  • Jayati Ghosh: How To Confront Global Inequalities, Thu Mar 10, 4:00 - 5:30 pm


 Green News & Resources

New IPCC Report:  “Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability”
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released a report this week on climate “Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability.” The David Suzuki Foundation explains that this report shows:
  • Climate change impacts are rapidly getting more severe worldwide. Extreme weather-related events like heat waves, droughts, flooding and wildfires are already harming people, ecosystems, community safety, food security, infrastructure and the economy, and it’s worsening.
  • Communities around the world are ill-prepared for the level of climate disruption that is already upon us. Adaptation plans are inadequately funded, which is leaving our most vulnerable communities at risk.
  • Vulnerability to the impacts of climate change varies widely around the world and in different segments of society. Those suffering the worst impacts have contributed least to the crisis.
Find out what steps you can take here

Guardian: IPCC issues ‘bleakest warning yet’ on impacts of climate breakdown

UN member states at UNEA5.2 today adopted a landmark mandate calling for the development of a legally binding Global Plastics Treaty with a full life cycle approach
Toronto Star: Metrolinx decision to destroy Don Valley park land shrouded in secrecy

Random Acts of Green Launches a new website - Learn about Membership, events, resources and more!


TRCA @ Home with Nature

Ecobuddies Climate Action Champion Program
Ecobuddies is a new program for folks in Ward 11, University-Rosedale, that aims to inspire and advance meaningful mentorship relationships between those who are interested in sustainability and those who are involved in and knowledgeable about sustainability. Interested in becoming a mentee or mentor? Want to find out more? Contact greenward11@gmail.com for more information.


Zero Waste Events, News and Resources

Webinar: Washing machine filters drastically reduce microfibre/plastic emissions into our water
Did you know? Wastewater treatment plants remove 90-98% of microfibers shed by clothes in washing machines and the percentage of microfibers not captured means millions of microfibers are released per plant per day into local waterbodies.
A recording of the 1-hr event can be found here.  Steps you can take now to reduce your own personal microfibre emissions from laundering:
  • Consider a filter: the Wexco Filtrol 160 and the Microplastics LUV-R. These are more than 86% effective at capturing microfibres. They can be found online in Canada.
  • Reduce the amount of times you launder; wash cold and full loads; use front loader washing machines.
  • If you have to buy; buy durable or used; avoid fast fashion where possible; avoid plastics for sure and know that other anthropogenic non-synthetic fibres still pose problems when emitted into the aquatic environment.
  • It is said to allow the filters to dry before pulling off microfibers (or, while wet, gather the microfibers together by hand), and put them in landfill waste.
  • (If you don’t own a clothes washing machine, or have sufficient space for one of the two microfiber filters available to add on to a washing machine, then using a Guppy Bag or Cora Ball can help.)

Environmental Defence: Environmental Groups Decry Province’s Plan to Cut Public Oversight of Controversial Plastic Burning Projects

FashionRevolution.org: What does the IPCC report mean for the fashion industry?

More zero waste related news and events across Toronto      
Urban Agriculture Events, News and Resources

Toronto Seedy Saturday 2022
Continues to March 12
  • Find links to online seed vendors
  • Connect with gardening and greening organizations
  • Learn about gardening through webinars and the TSS Library
  • Find seed exchanges across Toronto
The Guardian: Plastic packaging increases fresh food waste: study
 
CBC: How technology is helping shrink grocery bills by cutting food waste

Toronto Food Resources


Active Transportation / Public Transit

Renewing Overlea Boulevard: Survey
A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to reconstruct the Overlea Bridge deck and Don Mills Road intersection is here! The City of Toronto is proposing changes including: wider sidewalks, new bikeways such as cycle tracks or multi-use trails to connect existing cycling routes in the area, and coordination of traffic signals to enhance safety while minimizing delay to vehicles. Ways you can support this critical cycling infrastructure in this burgeoning neighbourhood:                           
Donations / Volunteering

Banking on a Better Future March Break Youth Workshops
March 14 - 17
Banking on a Better Future is a completely youth-led non-profit, working to build the climate justice movement from the grassroots. Between March 14 and March 17, BoaBF is holding a March Break workshop for high school students in the GTA who are new to the movement.The workshop will give youth an insider look at the climate finance movement and teach them practical tools to organize their own actions.  No experience is required! And, volunteer hours will be provided to all participants.

Students can register here! There are two options for attending:
  • Online: Monday, March 14th and Tuesday, March 15th @ 5-6:30 PM
  • In-person in Toronto (Covid pending; address TBA): Thursday, March 17th @ 1-6 PM
Send questions to info@bankingonabetterfuture.org  

Local Enhancement and Appreciate of Forests (LEAF):
Monday, March 7, 6:30 p.m. Volunteer Orientation Session 18+;
Tuesday, March 22, 6:30 p.m. Young Urban Forest Leaders Info Session (18-29 years old)


Free Geek Toronto Volunteer Information Session (18+)
Tuesday, March 15, 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Consider being a Digital Community Strategist or Lead Technology Reuse Volunteer!


The Butt Blitz is back April 1-30, 2022: Call for Butt Blitz Volunteers

Secondhand Sunday is on April 24, 2022: Be a local Secondhand Sunday ‘Champion’


Grants and Opportunities


Ontario Trillium Foundation: Resilient Communities Fund
Applications open March 9, 2022 for $5,000 to $150,000.

Whole Kids Foundation: Garden Grant Program
March 11, 2022, deadline to apply for $3,000.

Great Lakes Local Action Fund 2nd Round of Funding: $1.7 million
March 11, 2022, 2:00 p.m.deadline to apply for up to $100,000.

Landscape Ontario - Toronto Chapter: Bursary
March 13, 2022, deadline to apply for $1,500.
Some past recipients include: 2021 (1, 2); 2020; 2018; 2017.

Nature’s Path: Gardens for Good
March 25, 2022, deadline to apply for $5,000. Grants for 22 projects are available.
Community voting is open March 25, 2022 to April 1, 2022.

Low Carbon Economy Challenge
March 25, 2022, Expressions of Interest Submissions due for $1M to $25M. .


Telus Friendly Future Foundation Community Grant
March 30, 2022 application deadline for $20,000.

Desjardins Credit Union GoodSpark Fund:
$250 million by 2024. Consider contacting a branch for more information.

 
Are there green news or resources you'd like to see included in the Green 11 newsletters? Send your items and ideas to greenward11@gmail.com.
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