Community for Climate Action - North Etobicoke

Thank you for joining us in the effort to build a sustainable neighbourhood! Community for Climate Action North Etobicoke is a platform for knowledge, opportunities and initiatives for the North Etobicoke community to take action on climate change at the individual and community levels.

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Project Sessions

January 22: Project Launch (ACAI) - watch recording

January 25: Kitchen Table Climate Conversation (ClimateFast) - watch recording

February 9: Love Food Hate Waste Community Conversation (RWC x ClimateFast) - email Kadra Howsi for information

February 15: Street SmartsTO: Biking in All Weather Conditions (Cycle Toronto) - see cycling handbook

February 23: Love Food Hate Waste Community Conversation (RWC) - email Kadra Howsi for information

March 1: Kitchen Table Climate Conversations Training 1 - Bringing People Together (ClimateFast) - watch recordings

March 8: BetterHomesTO Programs & Incentives for Residents (City of Toronto, BetterHomesTO) - watch recording

March 9: Love Food Hate Waste Community Conversation (RWC) - email Kadra Howsi for information

March 12: TransformTO Climate Action Strategy (City of Toronto, TransformTO) - watch recording

March 15: Kitchen Table Climate Conversations Training 2 - Model Conversation (ClimateFast) - see clips

March 22: MoveTO: Advocacy 101 (Cycle Toronto) - watch recording

March 23: Love Food Hate Waste Community Conversation (RWC) - email Kadra Howsi for information

March 29: Kitchen Table Climate Conversations Training 3 - Technical Nuts & Bolts - watch recordings

April 3: How to Start a Community Garden (Anan Lololi, Afri-Can FoodBasket) - watch recording

April 5: How We Can Build a Better Food System (Lily Phan, Eco Just Food Network) - watch recording

April 6: Love Food Hate Waste Community Conversation (RWC) - email Kadra Howsi for information

April 12, 7-9PM: Kitchen Table Climate Conversations Training 4 - Collective Courage - register on Eventbrite and Facebook

April 13, 2-3:30PM: Balcony Gardening (Anyika Tafari, Afri-Can FoodBasket) - watch recording

April 19, 5-6PM: Safe Cycling 101 (Cycle Toronto) - see safe cycling handbook

April 20, 6-7PM: Love Food Hate Waste Community Conversation (RWC) - email Kadra Howsi for information

April 21, 7-8pm: ACAI Community Climate Conversations - Part 1 - watch recording

May 3, 4-6PM: Bike Repair Session (CultureLink) - 15 Tobermory Drive

May 10, 4-6PM: Bike Repair Session (CultureLink) - 2667 Kipling Ave.

May 12, 7-8PM: ACAI Community Climate Conversations - Part 2

May 17, 4-6PM: Bike Repair Session (CultureLink) - 2667 Kipling Ave.

Humber College Workshops:

We were proud to partner with Humber College student leaders to develop two engaging, 1-hour workshops focused on youth in North Etobicoke to learn about key sustainability issues as well as future career opportunities. Local youth participated in a total of 6 workshops on "Carbon Neutrality and Net-Zero" and "Sustainable Food Choices" during March and April. Thank you! Parents, teachers and staff: if you are interested in our Community for Climate Action Youth Resource Kit, please reach out to katie@capnetwork.ca


Other Initiatives

Thank you for participating in the supplementary project initiatives. These have concluded for the time being, and any further opportunities will be posted here in the future.

Community Garden and Composting: CCAN partnered with the Rexdale Women’s Centre Community Reduce and Reuse Program (CRRP) on the community garden and composting site at 2667/2677 Kipling Towers. We helped to upgrade the composting system and provide fertile soil to the garden beds.

Balcony Gardening Kits: Starter kits were provided for pick up (includes one container, several small pots, one bag of soil, seed packets, one spade, one info sheet) at the CRRP hub (2667 Kipling Ave.) on a first come first served basis.

Kitchen Compost Bins: Kitchen organic waste bins and bags were distributed to residents at 2667 and 2677 Kipling Ave. in order to reduce organic waste entering landfills, and to pilot the collection of organic waste in two green bins provided by property management in order to supply the community garden with fresh compost. 

Climate Change Charter: We are creating a charter outlining why climate change is an important issue for North Etobicoke residents, and the principles and many ways in which we are taking action together as a community. The charter will be translated into several languages and distributed among the community. 

Tree Planting: In partnership with the Toronto Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) Sustainable Neighbourhood Action Program (SNAP) and TreeMobile, the ACAI CCAN project provided fruit and shade trees to project participants living in Etobicoke North.


About the Project

According to the City of Toronto, 92% of Torontonians agree that climate change threatens personal health and well-being, and 78% are concerned about its impacts on our City. Yet nearly half do not know what they can do to address it. We believe action begins with knowledge and community connection.

The Africa Climate Action Initiative (ACAI) is working with the Rexdale Women's Centre and the City of Toronto to bring partners and community members together and create opportunities for gaining knowledge and taking action in the City's three main emissions areas: 1) buildings, 2) transportation and 3) waste:

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Project Areas:

Climate Change Knowledge
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Join ClimateFast and community partners for discussions on climate change issues locally and globally, meet like-minded citizens, and create action plans with community members. Participate in a Kitchen Table Climate Conversation (KTCC) and learn to host one too. Join in other special sessions on topics of interest and add your voice to the North Etobicoke Climate Action Charter! Together we can make environmental action a bigger part of our lives.

Activities:

  • Project Launch - ACAI
  • Kitchen Table Climate Conversations - ClimateFast
  • Toronto's Climate Change Strategy - TransformTO
  • Youth Workshops - Humber College
  • North Etobicoke Climate Change Charter - ACAI
Waste Management & Food Security
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Let’s reduce, resume, recycle, recover and regenerate! Join the Community Reduce and Reuse Program (CRRP) to learn more. Food that is not consumed ends up in landfills and creates methane, a powerful greenhouse gas. When food is wasted, all the resources used to produce it are also wasted. Learn about backyard and community gardening and composting.

Activities:

  • Love Food Hate Waste Conversations - Rexdale Women's Centre
  • Community Garden & Composting - RWC
  • Balcony Gardening & Educational Sessions - Afri-Can FoodBasket
  • U FIX IT Repair/Exchange Program - RWC 
  • Waste management training sessions
Energy Efficiency & Savings
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BetterHomesTO is our City's guide to creating a more comfortable and climate-friendly home. Learn how you can save energy at home and access energy rebates. Increase your home’s efficiency, reduce emissions from energy use, and save on your annual utility bills.

Activities:

  • BetterHomesTO Home Energy Efficiency Webinar - BetterHomesTO
  • Information/resources and bulb distribution
Active Transportation
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Cycling is an effective way to get around the city, provides multiple health benefits, and reduces your carbon footprint and pollution. Join us alongside CycleTO to participate in training classes on cycling and learn how you can advocate for a safe and vibrant cycling city for all. Take your bike to one of our repair sessions or book one out for community use.

Activities:

  • Bicycle training
  • Bike repair sessions - CultureLink
  • Bike education and advocacy webinars - Cycle Toronto
  • Bike distribution program

Resources

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Download Cycle Toronto's "The Toronto Cycling Handbook"

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Learn About Energy Savings & Incentives with BetterHomesTO

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Rexdale Women's Centre: Share-Reuse and Learning Centre

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TRCA Rexdale Sustainable Neighbourhood Action Program (SNAP)

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Host your own Kitchen Table Climate Conversation! With ClimateFast

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Contribute to our North Etobicoke Climate Change Charter

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TransformTO: Climate Action for a Healthy, Equitable, Prosperous Toronto

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Neighbourhood Climate Action Toolkit

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Partners

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Connecting the community, activating people to take action on climate change. 

Questions? Interested to participate and/or join us as a community partner? Please contact katie@capnetwork.ca

 

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