Climate Action Week Solutions Summit

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OCAD University

100 McCaul Street

Toronto, ON M5T 1W1

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As the finale to a week of extraordinary climate action events, Drawdown Toronto will be hosting a “Solutions Summit.”

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The message Is clear, young people everywhere are calling their elders out: “Your house is on fire! What are you doing about it?” “Global warming is real, it is human caused and immediate action is required to avert climate disaster.”

And for the week of September 20th - 28th they have instigated what is proving to be the largest ever global uprising of voices in marches, teach-ins, strikes and protests. A coalition of local climate action organizations is putting together a calendar of events in the GTA for that week. We urge you to participate in as many ways as you can.

Drawdown Toronto members will be participating actively in all these actions, designed to catalyze action by governments, institutions, companies and individuals.

Our message is also clear: It is NOT too late. Global warming CAN be reversed. And everyone needs to know it. This day will be an inspiring day of hope and resilience.

Project Drawdown” is the most comprehensive answer to the question, “What should we do?” In fact, the 100 solutions investigated by a coalition of researchers are sufficient to ensure that humanity turns back from the brink of disaster, and begins lowering the concentration of greenhouse gases by 2050 (that’s the “drawdown point.”)

So, as the finale to a week of extraordinary action events, Drawdown Toronto will be hosting a “Solutions Summit” on Saturday September 28th from 10am until 6pm at OCAD University. You are welcome to attend all or part of the day.

You can see reports of seven past summits on the Unify Toronto website.

Please come and find out what are the key solutions for Toronto, discover what you can do and get into action with your fellow citizens.

REGISTER NOW To reserve your place, and to let us know you are coming.

Pre-registration is advised, as the number of occupants in the auditorium is limited. Walk-ins are welcome, of course, but seating is not guaranteed.

If you can afford anything at all PLEASE BUY A DONATION TICKET. There is no corporate or institutional sponsor for this event, and our expenses will be covered by the generosity of the participants. Donations are requested at but not required.

When: Saturday September 28th, 10am - 6pm

Come for the whole day or attend when you can.

Who:

Everyone who is concerned about Climate Change and Global Warming and is ready to do something about it.

What to expect:

ARRIVE BY 9:30 - Enjoy some music, art and networking at tables of solutions and active organizations.

BYOM (Bring Your Own Mug) for coffee

Program

  • 10:00 Open with an acknowledgement of the indigenous keepers of this land, and an opening of a sacred space for our conversations of the day.
  • 10:30 Introduction to Project Drawdown
  • 11:00 Climate Action Organizers Panel. speaking on behalf of their organizations about the specific solutions they are advocating and how their actions will result in reversing global warming. Organizations represented will include:
  1. Fridays for Futures - Allie Rougeot
  2. David Suzuki Foundation - Malkeet Sandhu
  3. Canadian Climate Challenge - Andre Forsythe
  4. Extinction Rebellion - Leslie Solomonian
  • 12:00 - 1:00 Lunch Break
  • 1:00 Solutions Panel
  • Confirmed Speakers include:
  1. Owen Goltz of Riverdale Farm and Forest, organic “second-career” farmer, arborist, permaculturist, educator, and farmers’ market vendor from Inglewood, Caledon.
  2. Tomislav Svoboda, active transport advocate. Dynamic and engaging speaker with a broad knowledge of greenhouse gas emissions per transportation solutions.
  3. Jessica Ferne, Director of Global Health Impact, Canadian Partnership for Women and Children's Health (CanWaCH) will address Canadian family planning-related initiatives around the world.
  4. Lloyd Alter, writer and design editor of TreeHugger.com and Adjunct Professor teaching sustainable design at Ryerson University School of Interior Design will address solutions in the Buildings and Cities Sector.
  5. Heather Rigby, Officer at Large and Resident Artist on the executive of Land Over Landings, a grass-roots, non-profit organization whose mission is to convince the Government of Canada to cancel the Pickering airport plan.
  6. Josephine Grey, eco-human rights organizer, co-founder of Low Income Families Together (LIFT), co-founder of Foodshare Toronto and a founder/director of the St. James Town Community Co-operative and the OASIS Foodhub pilot project.
  • 2:30 Open Space”
  • A totally interactive and participatory “session will allow you to connect with people who are creating and enacting innovative solutions and even join together in collaborative action for the future.

  • 5:00 Singing, Storytelling, cheers, laughter.
  • 5:30 Ceremonial closing
  • 6:00 Stay and enjoy the creative company of conscious climate activists

We promise that you will:

  • Have fun, even in the face of the momentous challenge of global warming.
  • Leave more optimistic than when you arrived.
  • Meet and connect with some amazing people.
  • Have the opportunity to get into meaningful action.

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OCAD University

100 McCaul Street

Toronto, ON M5T 1W1

Canada

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