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Below are rallies, protests, campaigns, projects, etc. which Neighbours for the Planet is participating in.

 

CAMPAIGNS

Tuesday October 22, 2019

Neighbours for the Planet Volunteer Night

Climate Action Brainstorming Session

We had a great turnout with 12 volunteers.  

Here is a summary of the meeting:

 

The group agreed that since we are in a climate emergency we need to focus on climate actions that have the biggest impacts on reducing our carbon emissions.  According to Drawdown.org, these would be:

  1. Food waste – in our homes, grocery stores, restaurants etc

  2. Plant based diet – here we are looking at small steps so not to scare people off and would basically be promoting reducing our meat consumption.  This might include having monthly cooking classes to help with creating new meatless meals and build our community.

  3. Transportation – we talked about building Electric Vehicle charging infrastructure – the focus would be on multi-unit housing where it is more difficult to add a charging unit, as well as malls and community spaces (libraries, community centres)

  4. Tree Planting to help sequester carbon emissions.  The idea is to do a fund raiser and collect money to plant trees either locally or to organizations already set up to collect donations and plant trees in other countries.  The fund raiser would also be an effective way to grow our climate community.

 

The idea is to form 4 affinity groups to lead these initiatives.

 

We would also form a Social Media affinity group.  Reuben brought up some great ideas and would be a great leader for this group.   Some of his ideas were to ensure that we livestream any future events.  He would also run our social media campaigns on Twitter, Instagram, Youtube and Facebook.  Reuben also talked about Reddit which are smaller groups with moderators.

Next meeting in 2 weeks.  Date and location to be confirmed soon!

Friday October 11, 2019

Neighbours for the Planet Volunteer Night

Writing Letters to Media & Politicians

Come out for a Volunteer get together!

 

The goal of the get together is two fold.

 

1) Come out and find out more about Neighbours for the Planet, meet other like-minded people who care about the climate crisis, and let us know how you would like to help.

 

2) Take action on Climate!  One thing that was loud and clear that I heard people say is they want to do something but don't know what.   So, we are going to add an action to the Volunteer night.   Right now I am focused on the upcoming election, so I want to do something election related.   We are going to do an emai blitz for climate!  It can be hard to sit down and figure out what to say in an email  to candidates and the media, so we will work together and help each other!  The goal will be to all write up personalized emails and send to our local candidates, the federal party leaders and the media to demand more bold climate action.  We can mention that we had 250 people at our Sept 27th strike in our emails to show the momentum that is growing for climate action.

 

Everyone is welcome!   

Bring a friend or just come on your own and make new friends!

 

Date: Friday Oct 11

Time: 7-9pm

Location: St. Mary's Anglican Church, 10030 Yonge St, Richmond Hill, ON L4C 1T8

(please use entrance from parking lot)

If driving, the entrance is off Major Mackenzie Dr. Turn north on McLatchy Lane, just west of Yonge.

 

If possible, please RSVP by emailing contact@neighboursfortheplanet.ca to let us know you are coming so we have an idea of numbers. But if you don't get a chance to RSVP, come anyway! You are always welcome!

Let's build our climate community!

Contact List for Media and Politicians

Media Contact List

Federal Party Leaders Contact List

Federal Candidates Contact List

How to Write Letters from EcoJustice

Saturday October 5, 2019

Neighbours for the Planet engaged the community at Councillor David West's Envirofest 

Neighbours for the Planet had the honour to have a table at Envirofest!

All of the Neighbours for the Planet Co-founders came out for the event.  We talked about Climate, about all the great climate organizations in Richmond Hill that are doing great work on the Climate and some of the upcoming events we are holding:

  • Oct 5 - Targeting Climate Change

  • Oct 8 - Climate 101 (hosted by Drawdown RH)

  • Oct 9 - Climate 201 (hosted by Drawdown RH)

  • Oct 10 - Climate 301 (hosted by Drawdown RH)

  • Oct 11 - Neighbours for the Planet Volunteer Meeting

More details about Upcoming Events.

We gave out our Climate Information Brochure to help people get more informed about the Climate Crisis we are in.  We signed up people who want to volunteer with Neighbours for the Planet.   It was a beautiful sunny day and we met a lot of nice people!

We want to thank Councillor David West for putting on a great event about a very important issue, and for giving us the opportunity to engage with our community about the Climate Crisis we are in.

Friday September 27, 2019

Global #Climate Strike in Richmond Hill

UPDATE:  Sunday, Sept 15, 2019

Friday September 27th an expected 200 or more people will take part in a climate crisis demonstration as part of York Region’s response to the international Global #ClimateStrike. 

 

Millions of us world-wide will walk out of our homes, work and schools to declare a climate emergency and show politicians that we need immediate bold climate action in line with what science and justice demand.  

 

The climate crisis is the most urgent issue facing humanity. It is affecting millions of people world-wide with more frequent and severe storms, hurricanes, drought, flooding and melting of the arctic ice caps.

Information about our #ClimateStrike in Richmond Hill

  • At noon we will gather on the grassy area on the north east corner of Bayview and Major Mackenzie Drive

  • We will have speeches, chants, songs, a big group picture, and of course we will be holding up our climate signs

  • At 1pm we will march along Major Mackenzie Dr to St Mary's Anglican church (on Yonge just north of Major Mackenzie Dr) where we will join more people with our second portion of the #ClimateStrike that begins at 2:00 pm.

 

We have a special guest speaker​:

  • Dr. Kaz Higuchi, climate researcher

Organizers

  • Carrie Tai, Neighbours for the Planet

  • John Willson, Extinction Rebellion Richmond Hill

  • Liz Couture, Drawdown Richmond Hill

  • Monica Woodley, St Mary's Anglican Church

Climate Strike Chants and Songs

Chants

Green New Deal

There was a Girl

We write the Future

Climate Strike Handouts

Climate Information Brochure

by NftP and XR-RH

Targeting Climate Change Oct 5

Reducing My Footprint Factsheet by Dianne Saxe

Climate Change Training by Drawdown Richmond Hill

Extinction Rebellion Flyer

Neighbours for the

Planet Flyer

UPDATE:  Friday, Sept 27, 2019

What a great turnout from Richmond Hill and all of York Region!

Over 250 people came out!

We had a perfect sunny day for our #Climate Strike.  People of all ages showed up, children, youth, parents and grandparents!  The grassy field at Bayview and Major Mackenzie gave us a large space to gather with our signs to hear our speakers.   It was the perfect location, right beside Bayview Secondary School, where students coming out for lunch time could see our gathering and join us!  We also had students from Holy Trinity School, the Toronto Waldorf School and Alexander Mackenzie High School.

 

We then marched from Bayview to Yonge, proudly holding our signs and getting cars to honk in support of this very important and urgent cause, and to let them know we are not going to sit by and do nothing.  We demand all level of governments take immediate and bold action against the Climate Crisis.

We were then welcomed warmly by Father Matthews at St. Mary's Anglican Church where there were refreshments and seats.  It was a beautiful natural setting where we could sit and relax under the shade of the trees and take in the remainder of the program.   A special thank you to Father Matthews and Monica Woodley for working hard to engage the congregation at their church!

Thank you to all who came out and took action on this  Global #ClimateStrike. 

And especially, thank you to Dr. Kaz Higuchi from York University; and our student speakers from Holy Trinity School, Sarah Dharamshi, Julian Di Felice and Simon Leonidis!

And finally, thank you to an amazing team who put this event together!  This was a huge effort that could never have happened without all the hard work of our team - Art Lightstone, Cecilia Brodie, Glenn Marshall, Jim Brodie, John Willson, Mei Wong, Monica Woodley, Wing-Shun Wu.  Signs also created by Aimee Tai and Caitlin Smith.  And, last but not least, our photographers - Edwin Tai and Francois Kern.  

Our event made it on local Media - The Liberal 

Wednesday July 17, 2019

Change the Debate - Day of Action in Richmond Hill

ChangeTheDebate is a 350.org initiative and they are asking that we gather in communities to send a clear message that Canada needs a federal leaders' debate on Climate Change and a Green New Deal.

Join Neighbours for the Planet as we bring this action to Richmond Hill.

Date: Wednesday July 17

Time: 6-7pm

Location: SW corner of Yonge and Major Mackenzie right beside the Richmond Hill Public Library

We’re in a climate emergency. Fires, floods, and rising temperatures are already ravaging our communities. The government we elect in the 2019 election will lead us through four of the 11 remaining years scientists have given us to act on climate. This is an opportunity that we may never see again and one this movement can’t afford to miss. Over 11 million people tune in to watch federal leaders’ debates during Canadian elections -- and every one of them deserves to know which of our politicians has a real plan to tackle the biggest crisis of our time.

We deserve a federal leaders’ debate on climate change and the Green New Deal. And on July 17th, we’ll demand it.

As our public broadcaster, funded by public money, the CBC has both the power to organize a federal leaders’ debate and a responsibility to listen to the people. If enough of us take action, we can push the CBC to host a leaders’ debate on climate change.

Organizers in Collaboration with 350.org

  • Carrie Tai, Neighbours for the Planet

  • Anne Dalla Rosa, Targeting Climate Change

Our event made it on local Media - The Liberal 

Saturday May 25, 2019

Green New Deal town hall

Neighbours for the Planet is hosting a Green New Deal town hall in Richmond Hill.

The Pact for a Green New Deal for Canada is a call from scientists, youth, organizations, unions, faith groups and Indigenous leaders for Canada to meet the demands of the climate, economic, and social crises our communities are facing. 

 

We need to develop a shared vision of a Green New Deal that slashes emissions, addresses justice for Indigenous peoples and invests in green jobs, clean energy and equal opportunity for everyone.

Climate Change is REAL.  We have already seen deadly heat waves, forest fires and now flooding in Ottawa, Quebec and New Brunswick; and it will only get worse.  We need to take action now.

What can you do?

  • Sign the Pact for a Green New Deal to send a message to all political parties that action is needed to address  all these crises.

  • Join us at our town hall!  We need input from people from every walk of life to form a vision for a better life and economy. 

Date: Saturday May 25, 2019

Time: 1:30pm

Location:  St. Mary's Anglican Church, 10030 Yonge St, Richmond Hill, ON L4C 1T8

(please use entrance from parking lot)

If driving, the entrance is off Major Mackenzie Dr. Turn north on McLatchy Lane, just west of Yonge.

Organizers

  • Carrie Tai, Neighbours for the Planet

  • Monica Woodley, Green Team at St Mary's Anglican Church

  • Joan Porter, Green Team at St. Mary's Anglican Church

  • Liz Couture, Drawdown Richmond Hill

Wednesday November 6, 2019

Neighbours for the Planet Volunteer Night

We had a great turnout with 10 volunteers. 

Here is a summary of the meeting:

 

The group added a few initiatives to our list from last meeting.  The list now comprises of:  

  1. Reducing Food waste – in our homes, grocery stores, restaurants etc

  2. Plant based diet – here we are looking at small steps so not to scare people off and would basically be promoting reducing our meat consumption.  This might include having monthly cooking classes to help with creating new meatless meals and build our community.

  3. Transportation – we talked about building Electric Vehicle charging infrastructure – the focus would be on multi-unit housing where it is more difficult to add a charging unit, as well as malls and community spaces (libraries, community centres)

  4. Tree Planting to help sequester carbon emissions - the idea is to do a fund raiser and collect money to plant trees either locally or to organizations already set up to collect donations and plant trees in other countries.  The fund raiser would also be an effective way to grow our climate community.

  5. Climate actions in the schools.  We will work with students in various schools to help them organize and collaborate together to form climate action hubs in their schools.  A lot of students feel hopeless about the future and we are encouraging them to take their power back and take climate action.

  6. Carbon Offsets - flying results in huge carbon emissions.  But sometimes it is unavoidable.  There are a lot of ways that we can offset these carbon emissions that can result in positive, lasting change to a carbon free future.   The idea is to help people be aware of different carbon offset projects so that they don't have to feel guilty when there is a need to fly.

  7. Ethical Funds - A lot of people may want to divest from investments that support fossil fuels but don't know what funds actually support our transition to green renewable energy.  We will research and inform people of options they have.

FREE film screening of Anothropecene: The Human Epoch. 

  • This is a Canadian documentary film, which premiered at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival and has received 2 awards (Canadian Screen Award for Best Feature Length Documentary; and Canadian Screen Award for Best Cinematography in a Feature Documentary). On top of that, Jennifer Baichwal, one of the filmmakers is holding a Q&A session after the movie! 

  • This is a great opportunity to reach people outside of our climate circle.  Please help us share this far and wide in your networks; and social media. More details and to register.   Please help us by sharing on Facebook

Writing Letters to local MPPs about the Ford government's Carbon Tax campaign

  • Please help us in this initiative as Carbon Pricing is an important tool in reducing our carbon emissions.  I will attach a PDF for contact info for local representatives shortly,

  • Here is the suggested content of letters or emails. 

    • Intro

    • Your Ask:

      • Stop fighting in court – wasting public $$$

      • Remove misleading stickers from gas pumps

      • Tell the truth about Carbon Pricing

    • Personal story/explanation of why important to me

    • Federal election was a statement on climate issue

  • Once you have written your letter or email it, post it on Facebook and say that you sent it to your local MPP and then suggest that others do the same!​

Next meeting Wed Nov 20, 7-9pm at the Loft at Richmond Hill Longos. More details here.