Cities generate 75% of climate emissions – and we who live in cities need to play a major role in reducing them.
The City of Toronto is currently developing a climate action plan, which will come to City Council later this fall. The goal is to reduce emissions by 30% by 2020 and 80% by 2050. How will this be done? Will it be enough? Toronto citizens have been consulted about what should be in this plan (see TransformTO website). Now, it’s about letting our politicians know that Toronto citizens expect our Mayor and Councillors to take urgent action. We have a voice, and our voice matters!
To mobilize public support for urgent climate action a number of grassroots climate groups, including For Our Grandchildren, have organized a climate film festival running from September 25th to Dec 11th – 7 Sunday evenings – for films, discussion, and action planning, We’d love for you to attend! Come out, learn more, and get active! Here are the details.
TORONTO CLIMATE FILM FESTIVAL – FILMS/DISCUSSION/ACTION – FREE ADMISSION
Sept 25 to Dec 11 7 PM Sunday evenings, at 60 Lowther Ave., Toronto (1 bl. n. of St. George subway, Bedford exit; doors open 6:30)
Sunday September 25th – The Climate Challenge: A Call to Action – Bill Nye, the Science Guy: Climate Change – why should we care?
Ice Melt, Sea Water Rise and Superstorms — Dr. Jim Hansen, Director of the Climate Science, Awareness and Solutions program of The Earth Institute at Columbia University explores the consequences of continued greenhouse gas emissions.
Restoration — Produced by Green World rising, Restoration focuses on “how nature can protect the Earth from the harmful effects of climate change and how industrial design and science researchers can learn valuable lessons from natural systems.”
Discussion Focus: TransformTO initiative (the City’s Climate Action Plan).
Sunday October 2, 2016: Pipelines and Indigenous Climate Activism
To commemorate the International Day of Non-Violence, observed on Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday, the Festival will feature:
Pipelines, Power and Democracy — Director Olivier D. documents the growth of an anti-pipeline movement in Quebec that has reawakened a sense of collective purpose and solidarity to incite change.
Speaker: Myeengun Henry, Chippewas of the Thames First Nation (Band Councillor)
Discussion Focus: The Chippewas of the Thames First Nation’s Supreme Court battle over the Line 9 pipeline case against Enbridge Inc., the National Energy Board and the Attorney General of Canada.
Other presentations are:
Sunday October 16th: Feeding The Planet: World’s First Rooftop Farm
Sunday October 30th: Tales From the Climate Crypt – What Does the Future Hold?
Sunday November 13th: A Climate for Peace?
Sunday November 27th: Fuelling Our Future: Is Renewable Doable?
Sunday December 11th: A Safe Climate Future: What Is our Carbon Budget?
Join us for impactful and informative climate change documentaries and for conversations with national and local activists to inspire hope and meaningful action.