Capturing Carbon: Screening and Panel Discussion

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Capturing Carbon: Screening and Panel Discussion

A film screening & discussion on the role of Canada's forests in mitigating climate change and our role as the stewards of these ecosystems.

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Centre for Social Innovation - Annex Lounge 720 Bathurst Street Toronto, ON M5S 2R4 Canada

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  • 3 hours
  • Mobile eTicket

Accounting for 9% of forests worldwide and 35% of the country's total area, Canada’s forests are vast ecosystems that have long played a vital role in sustaining the people that inhabit them. Forests are central to our natural environment, history, culture and economy—providing everything from the air we breathe to the wood we use for shelter. Our forests also play a critical role in helping maintain our planet’s carbon balance, both storing and releasing carbon in a dynamic process of growth, decay, disturbance and renewal. Over the last four decades, forests have moderated climate change by absorbing about 25% of the carbon emitted by human activities.

But we are affecting this balance. In recent years, unprecedented insect outbreaks and increasingly common wildfires have transformed our forests from carbon sinks to carbon sources, releasing more carbon than they are able to absorb.

As we confront the consequences of a warming planet, what role can we play in ensuring the health of our forests and preserving their role as important carbon sinks? If human intervention has upset the balance, can we take actions to not only restore it but build upon it?

Join the Toronto Society of Architects for a night of discussion and dialogue as forestry professionals, environmentalists, and architects share their thoughts on Canada’s forests, their role in climate action, and our responsibilities as stewards of this land. The evening will start with a screening of Capturing Carbon, a short film exploring the role of forestry in wildfire mitigation, forest regeneration, and sustainable construction. The film will be followed by a post-screening panel discussion reflecting on the themes of the film, including the rise of mass timber and what sustainable resource management entails. Attendees will then be invited to continue the conversation in an informal setting with light refreshments.

This event is part of DesignTO 2023.


6:30 PM Doors Open

7:00 – 7:30 PM Film Screening

7:30 – 8:30 PM Post-Screening Panel Discussion and Q&A

8:30 – 9:30 PM Continuing the Discussion (Social)

COVID-19 Safety

The health and safety of our participants and volunteers is our top priority. For this event capacity has been limited to allow for additional space for physical distancing. In addition, all attendees are required to have at least two doses of a Health Canada approved vaccine as per venue policy.

This event is one of two organized by the TSA as part of DesignTO Festival 2023. Join us on Tuesday, January 24 at noon for our IDEAS Forum: Deconstruction, organized in partnership with DesignTO, exploring circular construction in the building industry, including design for disassembly, embodied carbon and sustainability, and material salvage and reuse.


About DesignTO

The DesignTO Festival is Canada’s largest annual celebration of design with over 100 exhibitions and events forming Toronto’s design week, January 20–29, 2023.

Going into its 13th year, the Festival transforms Toronto into a hub for creativity, taking art and design out of the studio and into the urban sphere. The Festival brings people together to celebrate contemporary culture, provides opportunities for emerging talent, and engages the community with exceptional and accessible public programming.


OAA MEMBERS: This event is eligible for 1.5 Structured ConEd. When registering, please include your full name as registered with the OAA to ensure your certificate of participation is credited properly. Please also include an email address you check frequently to ensure you receive our certificate in a timely manner.