Community for Climate Action - North Etobicoke

We welcome the whole North Etobicoke community to join in the effort to build a sustainable neighbourhood together! Community for Climate Action North Etobicoke creates a platform for you to access knowledge, opportunities and initiatives in North Etobicoke to take action as an individual and community member.

Download project poster in English, Arabic, Somali, Persian, Spanish, Punjabi or Hindi.

Download project information package (PDF).


Upcoming Sessions (virtual unless otherwise noted):

March 1, 7-9PM: KTCC Training - Bringing People Together (ClimateFast) - Eventbrite and Facebook

March 8, 4-5PM: BetterHomesTO Programs & Incentives for Residents (City of Toronto, BetterHomesTO) - Eventbrite

March 9, 6-7PM: Love Food Hate Waste Community Conversation (RWC) - email Kadra Howsi to join 

March 12, 4-5PM: TransformTO Climate Action Strategy (City of Toronto, TransformTO) - Eventbrite

March 15, 7-9PM: KTCC Training - Model Conversation - Eventbrite and Facebook

March 22, 5-6PM: MoveTO: Advocacy 101 (Cycle Toronto) - Register Here

March 23, 6-7PM: Love Food Hate Waste Community Conversation (RWC) - email Kadra Howsi to join 

March 29, 7-9PM: KTCC Training - Technical Nuts & Bolts - Eventbrite and Facebook

April 6, 6-7PM: Love Food Hate Waste Community Conversation (RWC) - email Kadra Howsi to join 

April 12, 7-9PM: KTCC Training - Collective Courage - Eventbrite and Facebook

April 19, 5-6PM: Street SmartsTO: Biking in All Weather Conditions (Cycle Toronto) - Register Here

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

May 3, 4-6PM: Bike Repair Session (CultureLink) - information to come

May 10, 4-6PM: Bike Repair Session (CultureLink) - information to come

May 17, 4-6PM: Bike Repair Session (CultureLink) - information to come

Past 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)

February 15, 5-6PM: Street SmartsTO: Biking in All Weather Conditions (Cycle Toronto) - see cycling handbook

February 23, 6-7PM: Love Food Hate Waste Community Conversation (RWC) - email Kadra Howsi to join


Humber College Workshops:

We are excited to partner with Humber College sustainability students who have developed three climate change workshops geared towards youth. These workshops are available for organizations in North Etobicoke to book during the months of March and April for their constituents/communities (up to 25 participants per session). Every workshop will include information and guidance for youth on opportunities for careers in the green/environmental sector. Each workshop will be delivered three times, on a first come first served basis, for a total of nine workshops. Topics and available time slots: 

  1. What is "Net-zero","Net-positive", "carbon neutral", and "passive design" and their benefit to our environment?: Wednesdays from 10am-11am
  2. Sustainable Food Choices: Monday evenings after 5pm
  3. The Climate Crisis: Thursday afternoons

If your school, organization or association is interested in booking one of these wonderful sessions, please complete the sign-up form which will soon be available here.


Ongoing Opportunities:

COMMUNITY GARDEN AND COMPOSTING: CCAN is supporting the Rexdale Women’s Centre Community Reduce and Reuse Program (CRRP) on the community garden and composting site at 2667/2677 Kipling Towers. We will be installing a hoop house and growing seedlings to contribute to the garden, while learning how this successful community composting operation works. Email kfrempong@rexdalewomen.org to participate.

BALCONY GARDENING KITS: Kits will be available for pick-up (bins, tools, seeds, soil) at the CRRP centre on a first come first served basis. We will announce on our website and social media when these are available. Email kfrempong@rexdalewomen.org 

ENERGY SAVINGS BULBS: Request an energy efficiency bulb to be delivered to your home - kfrempong@rexdalewomen.org 

BIKE ACCESS, TRAINING AND REPAIRS: Get your bike repaired at the Rexdale Women’s Centre CRRP (2677 Kipling Ave.) and see how you can participate in our new bike exchange program. You may be able to receive a bicycle (donated by the project) in exchange for submitting a sheet of waste management tips! Please contact acai@capnetwork.ca if you are interested. 

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 take action together as a community. The charter will be translated into several languages and distributed among the community. Email us at acai@capnetwork.ca to contribute!


Project Background:

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. 

Action begins with knowledge and connection to community. We are bringing partners together and creating opportunities for community members to gain knowledge and take 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 
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 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 exchange program

Have a tree planted on your property for participating: 

NOTE: In partnership with the Toronto Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) Sustainable Neighbourhood Action Program (SNAP) and TreeMobile, the ACAI CCAN project is offering up to 25 fruit and shade trees to project participants who live in Etobicoke North. You must have attended at least one of the CCAN project sessions or workshops to be eligible to have a tree planted on your property. Sessions listed in this section are eligible.

Trees will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis. Must be planted on private property. Several types of fruit and shade trees are available and planting is included / will be handled by TreeMobile.

Please complete this form for your chance to have a beautiful tree planted on your property!

 


Updates and Announcements:

We have delivered 30 bicycles to the Rexdale Women's Centre Share-Reuse and Learning Centre! Stay tuned for more information on upcoming bike training and repair sessions.


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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