Solutions to Global Warming: Diving into Action

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563 Spadina Ave, 3rd floor

Toronto, Ontario M5S 2J7

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Imagine that we have succeeded in reversing global warming. Imagine that the strategies we employed have generated more employment, created greater equality, and that the quality of life of our city, province and country has improved in the process. Imagine that this process is not only eminently achievable in the present time, but is cost effective and practical, is already in existance and can be scaled up immediately.

Imagine that you are an integral part of making that happen.

Once exposed to the Drawdown, many of you have expressed a desire to go deeper, and find ways of getting into action. To that end Pachamama have put together a 5 part workshop (based on the book Drawdown: "The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming" by Paul Hawken), as an opportunity to come together with others on a journey to radically shift your relationship to global warming: to become better informed, inspired, empowered -- and to choose the solution you want to focus on - into action.

An important aspect of the series is building community among participants, sharing experiences and collaborating on ideas and opportunities for action.

This 5 session workshop is fun, fully engaging in many ways and gets you as deeply into the drawdown material as you want to go. The sessions will deepen your knowledge of Drawdown solutions and strategies through videos, presentations, individual research, and group interaction . It is also an opportunity to explore the aspects of the Drawdown project that speak to you , where you would like to develop further your skills and knowledge in partnership with like-minded individuals.

By popular request, the first session of the course will be an Awakening the Dreamer, Changing the Dream symposium - the result of 10 years of close collaboration with the Indigenous people of the Amazon rainforest. Its puppose is to bring forth a spiritually fulfilling, socially just and ecologically sustainable world as a guiding principle for our time. It is a deeply engaging, powerful process of connecting with ourselves and the planet.

In the next 3 sessions we’ll cover the science, the impact and the scale of the solutions in an inspiring and easily understandable way. Participants will have the opportunity to research between sessions and go deeper on certain solutions that resonate with them and take on a project to get into action in their own community and to advocate for nationally and internationally.

The final session will be a celebration and sharing of action plans after a 4 week break in which you will be able to develop your plan for action.

The response to previous courses has been highly positive, with many continuing their engagement ever since.

Cost according to your means: suggested donation $160 for 5 sessions. Students and low income, $80 but no one will be turned away for lack of funds.

Schedule: Monday eveinging 6:30-9:30 - 563 Spadina Circle 3rd floor.

April 1 -Awakening the Dreamer Bringing Indigenous world views together with "modern" science to open a world of possibilities.

April 8 - Discover your relationship to Global Warming; understand how the course will work and what will be involved; get (re)introduced to Drawdown and inspired by its possibilities; leave having already jumped in

April 15 - Deepen your connection: Present results from studying your solution and hear from others; eyes closed process to select “your” solution for the rest of the course

April 22 - Dive into action: Share how the solutions are already in action in the world, brainstorm in groups and listen to how you are being called into action ahead of writing your action plan

May 20 or 29 to be decided - Disseminate and celebrate: Report back on your project in action and share with others the successes and challenges. Find options for collaboration and agree to how support and stay connected moving forward. Potluck sharing.

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The Pachamama Alliance works closely in partnership with the Indigenous peoples of the Amazon rainforest of Ecuador and Peru to protect Indigenous self determination, and to bring their world view to the industrialized world in order to bring together ecological regeneration, social justice and personal fulfillment as a guiding principle for all.

They have taken on the Project Drawdown as a step to global survival, which Unify Toronto has been presenting over the past year in a series of introductions and sector summits to bring awareness and to change the existential despair to one of hope committed in action.

More about project drawdown

Project Drawdown, founded by author and environmentalist, Paul Hawken, is a scientifically based, comprehensive plan to implement the top 80 solutions to reverse global warming by 2050. The book sets out the solutions, the math and the economics of how we can actually do this. It’s inspirational and accessible.

Unify Toronto aims to generate enough activity to make Toronto a hub of Drawdown activity in North America. It includes a series of introductions to Drawdown, sectoral events, and a 5-session course, that will put vital information about how we can reverse global warming in your hands, connect you with other change makers, and galvanize your action with a new sense of optimism and agency. For more information on the program and key dates, check out the Unify Toronto website.

The introduction and course are being put together by the Pachamama Alliance, creators of the Awakening the Dreamer, Changing the Dream symposium (a not-for-profit based in San Francisco, California, USA).

Project Drawdown has identified the 100 best solutions that taken together could realistically keep us from catastrophe, and, at the same time, create the world we all want to live in. The team carefully measured the 80 solutions that are already up and running and modelled how they might be scaled up and carried out over the next 30 years. They also modeled the possibilities of 20 solutions that are under development and could soon be utilized – several of which, like energy storage technologies which will make wind and solar viable alternatives to fossil fuels and nuclear, are pioneered in Canada. They then ranked all 100 solutions to see which ones make the biggest impact and should be prioritized by investors, city planners, business leaders, educators, and NGOs.

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