Dear Green Neighbours
Since our last newsletter, the Liberal government has called a federal election for Monday, September 20. Contact your candidates to let them know that fighting the climate emergency is critical for you, attend your local GreenPAC Candidates Debate on the Environment (University Rosedale’s is on September 8 - see below), but most importantly, VOTE! (Check with Elections Canada for the method that works best for you.)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to receive log in info for the meeting and to suggest any items for the agenda.
Calls to Action
Federal Election: Prioritize the Environment
Send a message to all party leaders saying you’ll only vote for a government that prioritizes environmental protection, social justice and Indigenous rights. You can use the pre-written Suzuki Foundation email here.
Export Development Canada must stop fueling the climate crisis
The funding provided by the Export Development Bank of Canada alone makes Canada the second highest among G20 countries in total public financing for fossil fuels. EDC is set to announce their new climate targets any day. Ask your federal election candidates: what will you do to make a #FossilFreeEDC?
Stop the Deaths on Toronto’s Roads
Miguel Joshua Escanan’s young life was taken while riding his bike where the Queen’s Park Crescent ActiveTO bike lanes end. His death was preventable. We know what works to stop the carnage; we need our elected officials to:
Contact the Mayor and Premier now to demand action using the Cycle Toronto templates.
- Ensure the design of safe roads with protected bike lanes
- Fund implementation of protected bike lanes NOW
- Regulate dangerous vehicles and ensure enforcement of those regulations
Read the joint letter issued by Councillors Mike Layton and Josh Matlow to Barbara Gray, General Manager at City of Toronto Transportation Services Division, "recommending a study of Avenue Road as a 4-lane highway rather than a 6-lane expressway"
Green Online Events and Webinars
University-Rosedale All-Candidates Debate on the Environment
Wednesday, September 8th, 6 -7:30 pm
Find out where University-Rosedale candidates stand on issues of the environment, a just transition, and national Indigenous healing and reconciliation. Green Neighbours Network member group ClimateFast is hosting a virtual debate on the environment for candidates in the University-Rosedale riding. This event is part of the pan-Canadian and non-partisan initiative, 100 Debates on the Environment, led by GreenPAC in partnership with Canadian organizations and individuals across the country. This event is being co-sponsored by Trinity St. Paul’s United Church and Green 11. Register on Eventbrite
FFNPT Pledge Relay Delivery to GTA Candidates
September 3 - 7
ClimateFast is planning a relay walk to bring the Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty (FFNPT) candidate pledge to the campaign office of Chrystia Freeland on September 7. You can walk, bike or take transit: join in anytime between September 3 - 7. ClimateFast is planning to travel from all across the GTA to deliver to all the candidate offices they can along the way! Email Lyn to get involved, and let her know which riding you are in.
Come Together: A Week of Action for Forests
September 7 - 13
Sierra Club BC's reimagined week of action has been designed to invite a deeper sense of connection and obligation to the forests and to expand the web of people who care about them. Participants will reflect on their unique gifts and talents and how they might be best used at this time in the service of the forests and of future generations. Register here.
Canada is Still on Fire - rally
Wednesday, September 8
On Sept 8th, in the midst of a snap federal election and right before the federal leaders’ debates, people across Canada will march and rally in our communities from coast to coast to coast. Together, we will ensure that the climate emergency is a top election issue and push all candidates and parties to ramp up their climate ambition. Sign up to join or lead an action near you
Knowledge Sharing Bike Tours at the Humber Ravine
Alternate Saturdays, August 28 - November 6, 11 a.m.
Meet at Weston Lions Park, near Lawrence W and Weston
Join Ward 5 Climate Action Champion Sofija to learn about Indigenous history, harvesting berries, city waste management and the impact of climate change. Next tours: September 11 & 25. For more info email email@example.com.
Anthropocene Immersion, Unearthing Taddle Creek
Available on demand until October 17, 2021
Check out the new Luminato Festival Audio tour and web map from Lost Rivers Toronto
Global Climate Strike - #UPROOTTHESYSTEM
Friday, September 24 , 12.30 p.m.
The climate crisis is here and is impacting us all. Stand united for immediate, just and concrete action from world leaders! Strike with @fridaysforfutureto: bit.ly/strike2021 Sign up to join the volunteer list here! More info on the event Facebook page.
KAIROS Climate Action Month
A new action every week! 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
Voters deserve a commitment to strong environmental health protections
In a time of crisis, nature needs your vote
New report finds Indigenous resistance has kept billions of tons of carbon in the ground
How to fight microplastic pollution with magnets
Read the newest assessment report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) outlining how we are already feeling the impacts of climate change
The latest UN report is clear: Climate change is here, it’s a crisis, and it’s caused by fossil fuels.
International Energy Agency report: Empowering Cities for a Net Zero Future: Unlocking resilient, smart, sustainable urban energy systems
At the same time as we challenge our leaders to take bold action, our small individual steps can also add up. Read Random Acts of Green’s Impact Report - and discover 97 ways you can take action today!
The Best Cities for Low Carbon Emissions Aren’t the Tallest
The 2030 Project: Ending Poverty in Canada Daily Bread Food Bank’s new podcast explores the reasons poverty exists in a country like Canada and what we can do about it.
Engaging Black People and Power: A Public Engagement and Urban Policy Primer
Zero Waste Events, News and Resources
Take the Secondhand September Challenge
The ‘Secondhand September‘ challenge from Random Acts of Green encourages you to rethink buying new and try to find what you need pre-loved when possible. The resource you need may already exist and is awaiting someone like you to help keep it in use! Participate in the circular economy and do your part to help transform waste into resource!
Butt Blitz Trivia Night
Thursday, September 16, 8:30 - 9:30 p.m.
Each year A Greener Future runs The Butt Blitz; throughout September they’re running our second round for 2021 with the goal of picking up 1 million butts across Canada. This trivia night is a place to connect, learn some fun facts, and if you're full of knowledge you could be taking home some fantastic prizes! Register here!
Community Environment Days
September 12 - October 31, 2021
Community Environment Days will be held as drive-through events at City of Toronto Drop-Off Depots: find the event schedule and map, check out what can be dropped off and picked up here
The Next Gen on the Circular Economy
Monday, September 13, 7 - 8 p.m.
Find out where the circular economy is headed as a panel of four young professionals take the virtual stage. Should we be optimistic about Canada’s economic future becoming circular? The next generation of leaders shares how we can make individual and systemic changes today to create a more sustainable tomorrow. Register here.
World Circular Economy Forum
September 13 - 15
World Cleanup Day
Saturday, September 18
Urban Litter Challenge
Sunday, September 19
Celebrate the 2021 International Coastal Cleanup with the U of T Trash Team by joining one of their community cleanups hosted in neighbourhoods in and around the Toronto area. Prevent litter in our watershed from entering Lake Ontario and its connected tributaries! Volunteers will collect data on the type and amount of litter collected, which contributes to both the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup and International Coastal Cleanup.
Reduce your Waste with Reusable Takeout Containers
- Watch this video featuring best practices, tips, and “how-to” steps to use reusable containers and cups for takeout at participating food establishments and retail stores in Toronto. Hosted by Live Green Toronto
- Promote returnable reusable containers: Let your favourite restaurants and cafes know about DreamZeroTO, Inwit, and Suppli.
- Share the link to this 5 minute survey with your local restaurants: U of T Trash Team and the Toronto Environmental Alliance will share the feedback as Toronto City Council considers Phase 2 of the Single Use Reduction Strategy!
Meet Stitch Lab by 707, Toronto's newest eco-fashion brand! This women-led business located at 707 Dundas Street West diverts textile fabric from landfills and offers entrepreneurship and employment opportunities to women in the community.
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle? Parkdale-High Park 4 Climate Action advocates for nine Rs instead
Become a Citizen Investigator: Determine which super greenhouse gases are lurking in your neighborhood supermarket
Starbucks now allows reusable mugs
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
Celebrate food grown in Toronto and the people who grow it! Festivities will include garden tours, workshops, and harvest parties across the city. Be sure to check out the Best in GrowTO urban-style agriculture competition and the Veggie Derby race to see how much fresh produce Toronto can grow to donate to food programs. For more information contact UAweekTO@gmail.com.
Veg Food Fest Toronto
September 11, 12-5 pm
Toronto's most iconic celebration of all things veg! Presented by the Toronto Vegetarian Association, the 37th annual Veg Food Fest is the largest event of its kind in North America.
Build it and Rain Will Come – Rain Gardens United demonstrate in six simple steps how to build a rain garden in less than two days.
Designing with Native Plants – Cliffcrest Butterflyway explains how to create wildlife-friendly ecological habitats on a variety of scales.
How ‘Green’ is your Green Space? – Plastic plant pots could be harming your garden, as explained by this blog post from Random Acts of Green.
How the Urban Forest Cools our City – LEAF depicts the importance of green canopies in combating the urban heat island effect.
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
CycleTO University-Rosedale September meeting
Tuesday, September 7 at 6:30 p.m. in St. Albans Square
CycleTO University-Rosedale is a volunteer group focusing on cycling issues in Ward 11. We work to make cycling more accessible, safe and equitable. We are inspired to share the joy we find in cycling and are motivated by its practicality as a low-cost and low-carbon mode of transportation. If the weather is inclement, we will shift online to Google Meet.
Re-inventing Avenue Road
Monday, September 13, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
See the plans, meet the architects. Hear how you can help make this happen. Councillor Layton and Councillor Matlow will attend. Hosted by the Avenue Road Safety Coalition. Register here.
Join Cycle Toronto’s Big Toronto Bike Ride Annual Fundraiser
September 18 & 19
Register here and make your own best ride! Participants riding DIY-style can create their own route or choose from five prepared routes, including the 85 km Really Big Ride!
New this year is the escorted group option — join a group of 20 enthusiastic Big Toronto Bike Riders with two Cycle Toronto Ride Guides. There are four rides with two times each!
Take Action for Equitable Public Transit
The TTC Board is expected to review a new staff report on fare policy options at its September 15 meeting - a great opportunity for residents and groups to weigh in on the development of the 5-Year Fare Policy and how to build a more equitable transit system.
A final staff report on fare policy options is expected to be on the agenda at the November 17 TTC Board meeting.
How to Build a Bike-Friendly Hospital
Calls for Donations and Volunteers
Become a Young Ravine Leader
Apply to become a Young Ravine Leader (for youth 18-29) and receive free training from LEAF, funded by the City of Toronto. The program seeks to support Toronto youth from Neighbourhood Improvement Areas (NIAs) and/or underrepresented groups within ravine ecology, urban forestry and environmental stewardship including (but not limited to) women, non-binary people, Indigenous peoples, newcomers, 2SLGBTQ+ persons and racialized individuals: Sep 12 deadline. You can learn more here
You Are The Change Fundraising Volunteers
You Are The Change is a youth-led community organization whose mission is to bridge the education gap and encourage youth to be actively involved in their community. Thanks to their recent partnership, one of their upcoming projects is to hold fundraisers for Green Schools Green Future.
All proceeds from these fundraisers will go toward building a green school in Africa that includes aquaponic structures, solar panels, green technology and an advanced curriculum. If you enjoy helping out in your community and have a passion for helping underprivileged students get a green education, this might be the opportunity for you! To learn more about this volunteering opportunity, click here!
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