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Hart House Global Commons: Visions and Actions Towards Climate Justice

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7 Hart House Circle

Toronto, ON M5S 3H3

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Join students and community organizations participating from multiple locations in sharing visions and actions towards climate justice.

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Global Sites and Locations

(Each participating campus will have its own in-person location):

  • University of Toronto St. George: Music Room, Hart House
  • University of Toronto Mississauga: DH4009
  • University of Toronto Scarborough: MW229
  • Indiana University Bloomington: GA1060
  • Universidad de los Andes: Hermmes Salon 4th floor
  • University of Cape Town: HOERI 3C
  • Sciences Po, Campus du Havre: B-57

Event Overview

The Hart House Global Commons Conference will focus on showcasing the work of students and community organizations participating in real-time from locations from around the world. Guests will share current work and campaigns, along with successes and challenges, to provide a space to learn, inspire, and connect across contexts.

Climate change is the defining issue of our time – and in many countries and places the impacts have arrived. Climate change poses significant threats and disruption to all areas of life – health and disease, migration, food systems, economics, agriculture, the way we build and organize our communities, extreme weather, conflict. It intensifies racial and economic inequality – and it destabilizes communities and nations.

Addressing and living with climate change requires a serious transformation of society and of our relationships to each other and to the world around us – and we have work to do.

The Hart House Global Commons is your opportunity to connect in real-time with students participating from international partner universities, to engage in dialogue and action around the climate crisis. Students participating directly from Colombia, Canada, France, South Africa, and the U.S.A. will connect for truly global discussions on one of the most pressing issues of our time.

Conference Guests:

  • Guests will be announced in January 2020 and will include students, community organizations, and other civil society members who are tackling issues of climate change and climate justice in many ways.

Conference Details

Who it is for: all students, regardless of discipline, year of study, or background are encouraged to register or drop-in to the Conferences. The Conference opportunity is meant for those who want to contribute and engage in the conversation, but may not be able to commit a lot of time. Conferences will host guests, faculty, civil society actors, and others from around the world for fulsome global conversations.

What you can expect to get out of the Conferences: Joining others in person on your own campus, engage in dialogue with other students both locally and globally, hear and share perspectives, work, and ideas. Guests will enhance the dialogue with their own stories and work, exploring how climate change is taking place in each location, with a view to understanding shared experiences and opportunities for action.

Time Commitment: 2 hours for the Conference, plus we will share the Conference Discussion Guide and selected resources one week before the session (available February 6, 2019).

  • Download the Discussion Guide for the Winter 2020 Conference here (Link active on February 6, 2020

What are Students Saying about the Conference Session?

Don’t take our word for it! Read what previous participants have said about the Conference sessions:

“The experience was truly a unique one as I had not participated in an event like this before. I was provided with the great opportunity to speak to activists from different parts of the world. I was able to learn about the hardships, the gross inequalities and the need for activism. Learning about the experiences of those abroad really helps me keep track of the global humanity as often our mindsets are focused on just our region. We often don’t know about the cases outside of Canada as they go under reported or not reported at all.”
“The beauty of the Global Commons Conference is that you get insight into the lives and perspectives of people around the world. The issues we face in Canada may not be the same issues faced in South Africa or Colombia and the issues of one individual within a country may not be the issues of another person in the same area. It may also be the case that because of cultural or regional differences, similar issues may manifest, and therefore be perceived, in different ways. The format was good in ensuring that each country got the chance to voice their opinion.”

Questions or Comments?

Send us an email at hhglobalcommons@utoronto.ca. We can also connect you to your campus contact for the program.

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