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Dear Green Neighbours

Happy Earth Day! There are lots of ways to celebrate, learn, and care for Mother Earth, happening all weekend long!  Check out some of the local offerings below.  Be sure to also check out ways to  highlight climate issues in the upcoming June 2nd  provincial election.

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, April 22, 4-6 p.m
Celebrate Earth Day with us! Please join us at our next meeting, Friday, April 22, 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.
 

Calls to Action

Just Transition to a Net-Zero Carbon Economy: Share Your Thoughts
The Government of Canada is seeking input for the latest round of public consultations on a just transition to a net-zero carbon economy.   Fossil fuel lobbyists and supporters will be sharing their views, so it’s critical that the Government hear from people who are concerned about climate change, too! Submissions are due by April 30th and are to be sent via email. Visit www.just-transition.ca for more information.  Here is  a google document with a compilation of points that you may wish to include in your email as well as a few examples to help get you started.

Support the National Strategy Respecting Environmental Racism and Environmental Justice Act (Bill C-226)
Later this month, MP’s will debate and vote on the National Strategy Respecting Environmental Racism and Environmental Justice Act (Bill C-226). The following organizations have prepared customizable letters for you to send to your MP to urge them to pass this bill.
Vote for Nature on June 2nd
The upcoming election is an opportunity to elect biodiversity and climate leaders for Ontario. The next provincial government will make a generational difference – for better or for worse. If the environment is a top election issue for you, this campaign may be for you. You can join Ontario Nature in sending a clear message to the major parties that we want biodiversity and climate leaders in Queen’s Park. Have your say by sending an email to party leaders and candidates using this convenient Ontario nature template


Provincial Election

CSI Climate Debate
Tuesday, 26 April, 5:00 – 7:00 PM
Centre for Social Innovation, 720 Bathurst St AND online

The first 2022 climate debate with University - Rosedale candidates. You can join online or go to CSI Annex to watch in person.
Participants:
  • Dr. Dianne Saxe - Green Party
  • Andrea Barrack - Liberal Party
  • Jessica Bell- New Democratic Party
  • Moderator: Tonya Surman, CEO
Ontario Climate Emergency Campaign     
The Ontario Climate Emergency Campaign is a non-partisan campaign promoting awareness on the climate crisis and environmental issues. This campaign empowers citizens to urgi political leaders with their r democratic voice to drive the urgent transformational changes needed to secure the present and the future of all Ontarians. They are seeking individual volunteers to help organize their pre-election campaign.



 Earth Day Events and Webinars

Black Creek Walk and Workshop
Saturday, April 23
  • Part One: Workshop - uⁿdawaʔ (“current”), 11:00 AM-1:00 PM 
  • Part Two: Walking Tour — We Are All Treaty People, 2 to 5 PM
This walking tour along Black Creek and online workshop will weave together community history, visits to community gardens, thousands of years of Indigenous history in the area, music and dance to celebrate the aliveness of the Creek and its ravine.  Part of Myseum Intersections 2022

Clean Toronto Together Spring Cleanup Campaign
April 22-24
On Friday, April 22, Toronto schools and businesses can participate by cleaning around their properties. On Saturday, April 23 and Sunday, April 24, residents are encouraged to host community cleanups to remove litter from public spaces such as parks, ravines, laneways and beaches in their neighbourhoods. .


Earth Day Ravine Cleanup
Saturday April 23rd, 10a.m - 1p.m.,
E.T. Seton Park, 73 Thorncliffe Park Drive
Join Don't Mess With the Don, local community groups, and volunteers from across the city as they #cleanTOtogether in celebration of Earth Day. Meet in the south parking lot of E.T. Seton Park. Park entrance at 73 Thorncliffe Park Drive is very accessible by transit, car or one of the many Don Valley trails. As a thank you to all the volunteers that support a cleaner Toronto, DMWTD will provide food and refreshments along with draw prizes. For kids 12 and under, there will be a small gift provided by the Thorncliffe Park Autism Support Network (TPASN).


Water Defenders in Latin America and Canada
Saturday, April 23, 04:30 PM
An Earth Day event featuring inspiring women water defenders. Across the Americas, Indigenous and Afro-descendent women are courageously leading the way, confronting dangerous threats to the lands and waters which are vital for life on our beautiful, shared planet.  Panel hosted by Amnesty International.


Yours to Protect (YTP) Weekend
Earth Day weekend - April 22nd-24th
YTP is working with local groups and community initiatives all across the province who want to host the YTP WKND: Three days of rallies, protests, info drops and nature walks to draw attention to local environmental problems or give people a chance to experience more of this beautiful province. Events in Toronto include:

Earth Day Virtual Benefit Concert
Friday, April 22, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

A virtual fundraising concert hosted by 3x JUNO nominated/SiriusXM winners, Sultans of String in support of Environmental Defence’s work to protect Ontario’s environment.

Meet-up & Mini-Rally to End Exclusionary Zoning - Toronto
Sunday, April 24, 1:00 PM

Connect with other environmentalists and housing advocates who support building more housing in existing built-up areas. The event will feature speeches, signs and maybe a march.  Greenfield sprawl and residential NIBMYism in existing neighbourhoods are two sides of the same environmentally-destructive coin. This rally is in support of two specific initiatives:
  • Toronto's Planning and Housing Committee has already directed staff to develop and consult on the legalization of "multiplex" housing (aka. low-rise walk-up apartments) in Toronto's "yellow belt" areas.
  • Environmental NGOs are asking for an end to exclusionary zoning province-wide.

For Our Kids Spring Family Action
It’s simple and meaningful, and a perfect activity for you and the kids in your life! Look around, explore your surroundings, be amazed by how you are a part of the web of life. Then express your love for the planet in a drawing, letter, painting, poem, or other art form and send it to FOK by April 30 at hello@forourkids.ca

Earth Day Challenge - How Do You Celebrate Earth Day?
Take the U of T Trash Team's Earth Day Challenge for the chance to win a waste reduction kit! Simply follow their Twitter and Instagram and use their recommended Earth Day checklist for ideas, then tag them during the week of April 18 to show what you're doing to celebrate. Be sure to include #TrashTeamEarthDay and keep following them during the week of April 18 to see how the team celebrates.

TRCA Earth Week Events across the GTA
For Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA), every day is Earth Day. We work with our local communities, schools, businesses, and municipalities to make an impact every day. We are running several free events this week to help continue to restore the natural environment.

Women Working for the Earth Summit
April 21-24
Recordings of presentations can be found here.


Ward 11 Community Environment Day
Saturday, May 7, 10-2 pm
Central Technical School, 725 Bathurst St 
(event on Borden Street side)
Featuring a table with the Green 11 team!



 Earth Day News & Resources

Evergreen: 22 Ideas for Earth Day and Beyond


Zero Waste Events, News and Resources

T.O. the Good Swap: Fashion Revolution Week Edition
Sat, April 23, 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Centre for Social Innovation - Spadina, 192 Spadina Avenue

T.O. the Good Swap is a monthly clothing exchange for all genders, all bodies, and all ages located in downtown Toronto. T.O. the Good Swap and the Fashion Revolution Tkaronto team are teaming up to bring you a swap on Saturday, April 23 as a part of Fashion Revolution Week 2022! (Fashion Revolution week happens every year in the week surrounding the 24th of April. This date is the anniversary of the 2013 Rana Plaza collapse.) You'll get a chance to check out FRT's Shirt Project exhibit which will be up at the Centre for Social Innovation's Spadina location while you swap, and to meet some of its members!


Refashioning & Sustainability Weekend at Toronto History Museums
Saturday, April 23 & Sunday, April 24
7 locations

April is Earth Month and Toronto History Museums are exploring issues of sustainability and the environment. Connect with nature along with friends and family at our many free activities across multiple museum locations. Have fun while learning about how you can adopt more sustainable habits to preserve our beautiful planet for future generations.Learn more about free hands-on activities, workshops, virtual panel discussion and guided walks about nature, sustainability, refashioning, and urban farming.


Secondhand Sunday Returns April 24!
Secondhand Sunday is April 24, 2022: a great opportunity for you to share any unwanted, reusable items. To participate, simply leave the items on your property next to the sidewalk or curb for your neighbours to take for free. And you can get in on the action too! As the saying goes; one person's trash is another person's treasure. You might not need it but it might be something your neighbour is looking for!

Eco Ramadan 2022
Ramadan is taking place throughout the month of April this year.  Green Neighbour Network member EnviroMuslims has provided 30 eco-friendly tips throughout Ramadan, including reusing leftovers, repairing clothes, and reducing plastic waste.

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

Contest: Free PollinateTO Native Plant Kits
Kick start your pollinator garden with a free native plant kit. Enter to win yours! Live Green Toronto is offering free pollinator-friendly plants to help expand pollinator habitat in Toronto.

Getting yours is as easy as 1, 2, 3!
  1. Enter the contest online by April 30, 2022. Contest opened on Monday, April 4th.
  2. Winners can pick up their kit at the Toronto Botanical Garden on May 14, 2022.
  3. Get planting! See tips for creating a pollinator-friendly garden.
Each kit includes everything you need to welcome pollinators to your garden:
  • Ten native wildflower plants
  • Your choice of a native tree or shrub (optional)
  • Small garden sign

Toronto Food Resources


Active Transportation / Public Transit

Shaw Street Celebration
Friday, April 22, 4 pm (ride will follow after announcement)
  • Start: Irene Avenue Parkette (Shaw north of Bloor Street)         
  • Destination: Trinity Bellwoods via Shaw Street
  • Bike Safety Station time: 4-6 PM
It’s official: Shaw Street is Toronto’s first with more bikes than cars! Join Cycle Toronto Friday, Earth Day, to celebrate! Councillor Layton and City staff will be there too to celebrate Shaw St with a free StreetSmartsTO bike safety station, speeches, and a ride down Shaw to Trinity Bellwoods Park.

Earth Day on the New Yonge Complete Street
Friday, April 22, Noon
Southwest corner of Davisville & Yonge            
Cycle Toronto Midtown and Cycle Toronto Don Valley Midtown are hosting a ride down Yonge Street. They’re encouraging people to join them at noon or enjoy the street at any time on Earth day. If a lunchtime ride is more convenient for you, they will be meeting at the southwest corner of Yonge and Davisville at noon and will ride together for a special Earth Day coffee break / lunch. Please RSVP to email midtown@cycleto.ca so they can make (outdoor) reservations


Fix Coffee + Bikes Annual Gear Swap!
Saturday, April 30, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
80 Gladstone Avenue

After a two year hiatus, Fix Coffee + Bikes is hosting their Annual Gear Swap (previously known as Part Swap)! The event is for all types of people who cycle – casual cyclists, everyday riders, recreational cyclists, you name it. Everyone who attends gets free drip coffee or tea at the event! Participants can pre-register to have their own table space, by emailing them at info@fixcb.ca or a simple DM on instagram: @fixcoffeebikes (but it is not required!).


Provincial Election: Cycling and Road Safety Priorities
Cycle Toronto has engaged with several Ontario MPP candidates already about what priorities would make meaningful change for Toronto at the Provincial Government level. Be sure to ask your candidates questions about whether they will commit to moving a number of critical cycling initiatives forward at Queen’s Park, such as a Vulnerable Road Users Act, mandatory cycling education in schools, mandatory truck side guards, and more

                         
Donations / Volunteering

InTO the Ravines - A Chance to Share your love of Nature with Your Community
Toronto's ravines are very special places for relaxing, learning and exploring the natural world. By becoming an InTO the Ravines Community Champion you'll get the support you need to connect your community to Toronto's amazing ravines. When you're an InTO the Ravines Champion, you can access:
  • Training about the many things that make Toronto’s ravines awesome,
  • Support to lead fun and inspiring events in your local ravine, and,
  • $500 of direct funding for a ravine activity between June and November 1st, 2022
Don't miss this chance. Apply by May 2.

 
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