Youth lead on climate justice. Literally. This summer, Fridays for Future Toronto members (FFFTO) forgo outings with friends, days at the beach and countless other things, to coordinate the adults they’ve called to the organizing table. They are anxious about the climate crisis and determined to do something about it!
As the devastating impacts of climate change mount, as we continue our climate justice work and amid the general, cumulative climate anxiety, it's time for another poem. This is the second instalment in T0350's creative series.
"Morning Storm," a poem by Colleen Lynch, is about some of the feelings connected with our relationship to the environment and our awareness of environmental crisis.Read more
National Indigenous Peoples Day falls on the summer solstice, a time when many Indigenous peoples and communities have customarily celebrated their culture and heritage. This is a day for everyone to recognize and celebrate the diverse cultures, heritage and contributions of First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples.
With the provincial election coming up on June 2, we’re posing one question: What does the ideal climate action candidate look like for Toronto?
Forget partisanship. Forget smear campaigns. Forget voting for a candidate because their climate platform is marginally better than another.
And forget needless bureaucratic gatekeeping — climate justice advocacy is simple when it’s specific, direct, and actionable.Read more
People in Ontario are concerned about many things. These include rising costs, workers' rights, health, affordable housing, food security and climate action. All of these things are part of climate justice!
Toronto350 is supporting many upcoming events ahead of the provincial election. Come on out and help send the collective message that we need a healthy, just and green province. Together we can help elect candidates who wish to build a better world along with us. Post-election, we can continue to call for change.
Chiara Padovani is a social worker with North York Harvest Food Bank. In that role, she works on issues of food security and the right to food. Since late 2020, she has also been instrumental in the initiative, York South-Weston Neighbours for Flooding Action.
Madagascar is in the midst of a famine. While this may come as news to most people around the world, the UN has cited this as the first famine caused due to climate change . Madagascar has historically produced negligible amounts of carbon. However, they are the first to feel the disastrous effects of climate change.
The lands impoverished by colonialism are in line to face the consequence of the excesses of the colonizers once more. As the effects of climate change are being felt around the world, the mistruths perpetuated by self-interested parties to slow down climate action come into sharper relief every day. Politicians around the world claim that climate action has to be balanced with economic interests. This is a false dichotomy since any delayed action will result in much higher adaptation costs in the future. It also exposes the amorality of the drive to extract value from the system regardless of the costs to the environment or human and animal life.
Toronto Acorn (Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now) is a "multi-issue, membership-based community of low- and moderate-income people" (quote from https://acorncanada.org/about) that fights and wins change by doings things like doorknocking, petitioning and non-violent direct actions.
The first organized group was founded in Weston-Mt. Dennis. They now have groups all over the city. Some of the fights and wins they've had over time include strengthening enforcement of standards in apartment buildings and regulation of the payday loan industry. Current campaigns include fighting for a new Residential Tenancy Act and for licensing all landlords in Toronto. Join an open, local meeting or learn more about how to get involved here!
We touched base with a local organizer who highlighted the fact that retrofits and ageing high rises are a climate justice issue.
Read Acorn's full Healthy Homes Demands here. Or read on for highlights related to Retrofits and ageing High Rises and more ways to amplify and take action.