Part 3: At COP 27 The World Called out for Climate Justice

Part 3: Fossil Fuels, Just Transition

(The story of the November 12th COP 27 Global Day of Climate Justice action in Toronto continued.)

Marching on, with supportive honks from passing traffic propelling us, we came to a stop at Avenue and Bloor. As How-Sen, the narrator of the event livestream put it, “we’re actually going east and west across Bloor Street, stopping at various symbolic places, linking issues that have historically been thought of as separate…and bringing together people from multiple communities….building up this diverse community, building up power.”

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Part 1 and 2: At COP 27, The World Called Out for Climate Justice

Part One: Introduction, Impacts & Fair Shares

On Saturday November 12th, a few of us gathered early at Matt Cohen Park, Spadina and Bloor, on Dish with one Spoon and Treaty 13 territory, to prepare for the "At COP 27: The
World Calls out for Climate Justice” event. Folks worked on setting up a live video feed, unfurled and admired the beautiful hand painted banner, wheeled in the sound system, handed out megaphones and checked in with presenters. One by one and in small groups, others arrived until we had a sizable crowd and the first speaker breezed in, right on cue! 

At the same time, on the ground in Egypt at COP 27, where governments from across the world met to decide what steps to take in response to our disintegrating climate, severe human rights violations made it dangerous for civil society to monitor and protest the actions of a corrupt government.

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Status for All Letter of Support


In October, TO350 wrote a letter to Rt. Hon. Justin Trudeau and Hon. Sean Fraser, in support of Migrant Rights Network's demands - permanent residence status for all. 

Subsequently, there were #Status for All! Without Delay actions at MP's offices.

You can keep up-to-date and find out how to support ongoing at https://migrantrights.ca/

See the letter below.

 

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A Poem and Visual Documentary on the State of Climate Change Impacts in the World

Time for another poem by a Toronto350 attendee! Surveyor Efik is a member of Africa Climate Action Initiative and has created this video poem, Things Fall Apart.

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Anxiety to Action! Join us for the Global Climate Strike September 23

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!

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Morning Storm

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.

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What's Next - Action Opportunity

It is post-election here in Ontario and this is not where we wanted to be! If we work together though, we can continue to push for policies and actions that truly support healthy, just and climate-safer communities. 

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National Indigenous Peoples Day and National Indigenous Peoples History Month

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. 

 

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Your Climate Justice Voting Guide

The votes are in … except they’re not. But Ontario’s party platforms are here, and we’ve funnelled them through a climate justice filter to make it easier for you to assess them. 


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What a climate candidate looks like

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.

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