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CLIMATEFAST IS NOMINATED FOR NOW AWARD!

We are delighted to share with you the news that ClimateFast has been nominated by NOW magazine for best activist group – and our Chair, Lyn Adamson, as best activist. Now it’s up to readers to make the final decision! Fridays for Future has also been nominated for best activist campaign. You can vote for all 3 of these awards at this link: https://bit.ly/2ZBBU5D

Please do! We think our work for climate action, climate leadership, and climate justice is really important – if you do too please give these nominations a boost.

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GRETA IS HERE!

The significance of this 16 year old’s climate leadership cannot be overstated: it is potentially a game changer in the need to rapidly reduce climate emissions. Allie Rougeot, a Toronto Fridays for Future organizer, is featured in this article in the Toronto Star:

https://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2019/09/03/reducing-your-own-carbon-footprint-is-great-but-it-wont-save-the-planet-unless-governments-and-corporations-step-up.html

JOIN US IN ‘GLOBALWEEKFORFUTURE’– SEPTEMBER 20 – 27

Week for the Future!

Starting on September 19 with TCFF film (see below)

September 20 – 12 – 3 at Hart House, teach-in and die-in – adult volunteers needed!

and many more events…including Climate Strike and rally on September 27, starting Queen’s Park at 11 am and Solutions Summit with Drawdown at OCAD on September 28

Please see calendar: www.climatechallenge.ca www.climatefast.ca

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And come to our planning meeting this Thursday!

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NEXT MEETING THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 5 - 6:30 PM

Also Wednesday Sept 11 and Sept 18

Friends House, 60 LOWTHER AVE. Please rsvp (lyn@climatefast.ca) or just come – we need you!

Global Week for Future: International website – Greta video herehttps://globalclimatestrike.net/spread-the-word-climate-strike/#video

Local facebook event links: September 20: https://www.facebook.com/events/2891126067627662/

Climate Strike - September 27: https://www.facebook.com/events/480239066116595/

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We need volunteers for OPEN STREETS TABLING ON SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 15, 10 – 2

CAN YOU HELP? Please email rosemary@climatefast.ca (2 shifts, 10 – 12 and 12 -2, location Bloor and Ossington) Table info and activities provided, excellent outreach opportunity! Join the fun!

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CARBON TAX WORKS!

Launch of CarbonTaxWorks.ca

The provincial government is attempting to use anti-carbon tax gas pump stickers to influence the upcoming federal election – but we can’t let that happen.  A group of green-minded community folks from across the province have come together to create the Carbon Tax Works campaign to counter the misinformation being spread by the Conservatives.  Visit the site to order free stickers and get the message out that all types of tools are needed to avert the crisis. There are downloadables for making your own t-shirts, hats, mugs, or flyers. Available in seven languages.

Days of action: Sept 6 and 7 – can you put up stickers where you live? Get your stickers at Greenpeace, 33 Cecil St. open 9 – 5, any day this week including Saturday, pick them up at our meeting on Thursday, or order them on-line.

Anyone you know not sure about carbon pricing? Send them to this link! Ten Arguments for Carbon Pricing: https://theenergymix.com/2019/01/20/10-arguments-for-carbon-pricing-dont-throw-any-tool-out-of-the-toolbox/
 

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KITCHEN TABLE CLIMATE CONVERSATIONS INITIATIVE IS GROWING! WEBINAR LINK!

We want this campaign to grow this summer and fall so that conversations are happening in all the ridings in Ontario! Let’s make sure the climate is the talk of this election.

For more info listen to our webinar: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VPc1YQxnsBc

Check our webpage for our resources and supporting documentation: www.climatefast.ca/kitchen-table-conversations and email us here: ktcc@climatefast.ca with any questions and with news of conversations you plan to host, or have already hosted. Invite us to speak to your group!

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TORONTO CLIMATE FILM FESTIVAL – SEPTEMBER 19

SEPTEMBER 19  Toronto Climate Film Festival The Human Element

with Volunteers from ClimateFast and Greenpeace Canada

Eglinton-St. Georges Church, 35 Lytton Blvd, 7 - 9 pm

http://www.tcff.ca/event/st-georges-united-church-the-human-element/

During his four-decade career as a photographer and explorer, James Balog has focused his lens on the complex relationship between humans and nature. Human activity has now surpassed all other forces shaping our world. In an arresting new documentary from the producers of Racing ExtinctionThe Cove and Chasing Ice, environmental photographer James Balog captures the lives of people on the front lines of climate change. With rare compassion and heart, this film inspires us to re-evaluate our relationship with the natural world. 

Tickets are free and donations are gratefully accepted! Any donations which exceed our costs will be donated to ClimateFast and Greenpeace Canada. www.tcff.ca

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SEPTEMBER 26, Toronto Climate Film Festival “The Human Element”

6:30 pm, 3600 Kingston Rd. (at Markham)

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100 DEBATES NEED ORGANIZERS FOR OCTOBER 3 RIDING DEBATES on the ENVIRONMENT.

ARE YOU IN SCARBOROUGH or ETOBICOKE?

JOIN OUR PLANNING GROUPS!

ClimateFast organizers Rosemary Boissonneau and Brian MacLean are seeking committee members to organize the debates on the environment in local ridings. Can you help? Scarborough: rosemary@climatefast.ca; Etobicoke: brianpmaclean@gmail.com.

For more info on the GreenPAC initiative and to find the debate in your riding: www.100debates.ca

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GREEN NEIGHBOURS NETWORK

ClimateFast is a partner with Green Neighbours Network in developing green groups in Scarborough, Etobicoke and North York. Check out GNNs latest newsletter here: https://bit.ly/2YQc7SM www.greenneighboursnetwork.ca.

Green Neighbours Network needs volunteers for Climate Crafts table at environmental fair on Sunday September 8, please email: greenneighboursnetwork@gmail.com

EVENT DETAILS:

EventHumber by Canoe, TRCA celebration of the Humber River’s 20th Anniversary as a designated Canadian Heritage River.

LocationEtienne Brule Park, 10 Catherine St (near Old Mill Bridge)

Time: Exhibitor Set-up 9:00am, Public Event 10am-4pm

Expected attendance: >1000

Our Exhibitor Table

Green Neighbours Network / Climatefast will do "CLIMATE CRAFTS" (description below), provide information about the upcoming Sept 20-27 global week of action on climate, and the opportunity to learn about our organizations & signup to stay in touch.

Volunteers are needed for the following time slots:

9:00am - 11:30am

11:30am - 2:00pm

2:00pm - 4:30pm

Description of "CLIMATE CRAFTS" activity

Cardboard, water-based non-toxic paint, brushes, and felt markers will be available. Attendees will be invited to make a sign or two expressing their concerns for the climate and/or environment. We'll suggest they take their sign and go to one or more of the events planned during the week of global action for the climate (Sept 20-27). 

To make it more fun and kid-friendly, we'll also help kids make and paint butterfly wings. They could put words on the wings as well if they want to.

Pictures of kids with their signs at "Fridays for Future" events will be displayed in case people need inspiration. 
 

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VOLUNTEERS NEEDED:   Can you help?  Would love to hear from you!  We are also in need of volunteer co-ordination for events for Week for Future – if you have time in September can you help? – Email: volunteer@climatefast.ca

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Thank you for all you are doing - and all we are doing together. Let’s make this the turnaround year.   Let’s act on climate - fast!