London's Climate Emergency - Be Part of the Solution - Green in the City

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Wolf Performance Hall - Central Library

251 Dundas Street

London, ON N6A 6H9

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Join us for an informative presentation and panel discussion about Climate Change.

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***Ticket holders receive priority entry until 6:45pm.  Depending on the no show rate of ticket holders we may have extra seats available at this time.

Keynote Presentation - "Climate Changes Everything"

by Dr. Dianne Saxe, past Environmental Commissioner of Ontario

Following the keynote presentation...

"Framing the Challenge in London... Past, Present and Future"

A city perspective by Jay Stanford, Director of Environmental Programs and Solid Waste

Panel discussion featuring...

  • Amber Cantell - Director of Programs, ReForest London
  • John Fleming - Managing Director, Planning and City Planner, City of London
  • Genevieve Langille - London Climate Strike Organizer

(Additional info & comments from panelists below...)

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6pm - Join us to mingle! Refreshments will be available for purchase via The Root Cellar.*

7pm - Presentations begin

Location: Wolf Performance Hall, Central Library

FREE to attend but registration via Eventbrite recommended as ticket holders will receive priority entry up until 6:45pm if the event fills.

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*All ages are welcome and encouraged to attend, but you must be of legal drinking age when purchasing an alcoholic beverage. Attendees are able to bring their beverages into the hall to enjoy during the presentations.

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**This is a FREE community event made possible by:

Additional information from panelists...

Amber Cantell - Climate change isn't "a" critical issue - it is, without question, the most critical issue. The scale of change and impact on our species - not to mention all other forms of life on our planet - is without precedent in our history. It is the only issue we've faced that literally has the capacity to rapidly wipe entire countries physically off the planet. Nothing else - not poverty, not disease, and not even war - can cause that level of devastation. For all intents and purposes, climate change is akin to an asteroid, and Earth is right in its path.

The truth is that London won't face the kind of flooding coastal cities will, or the wildfires already impacting the west coast and the boreal forest to the north. Our drinking water supplies aren't in immediate danger the way those of communities that depend on glacial water sources are. But at the end of the day - if food, water, and resource systems are collapsing in other communities around the globe, isn't that reason enough to be worried? The knock-on effects to water supply, to air quality, to food security, to the economy, to the demand for housing, and the dramatic increase in the need for humanitarian aid will all be devastating in their own right. Climate change will impact everything at once, and we need to start considering that impacts elsewhere can be every bit as important as impacts here.

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Genevieve Langille is a grade twelve high school student studying philosophy, politics and science at London Central Secondary School. She is also a student activist who organized the climate protests in London in September which had three thousand citizens march through the streets.

Genevieve believes that anthropogenic climate change is a systematic issue perpetrated by fossil fuel industries. She thinks that the urgent action demanded by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change necessitates that we ratify emission reduction policies immediately to prevent the imminent refugee, agriculture and natural disaster crises that will ensue. She believes climate change is an intersectional issue that will affect many and that the First Nations, Metis and Inuit perspectives on the crisis are extraordinarily valuable.

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John Fleming - John Fleming is the Managing Director of Planning and City Planner with the City of London. He has worked in both the private and public sectors as a Planner in the province of Ontario for almost 30 years.

As an urbanist, John is very interested in city-building and urban design. In his current position as the Chief City Planner, he is responsible for a broad portfolio that includes such things as planning policy and programs, urban design, heritage planning, urban regeneration, parks and trail planning, growth management, environmental planning, urban forestry and planning application review.

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