Meeting Summary: Feb 19, 2020 - Neighbours for the Planet Climate Action Meeting

1. General Updates

  • Discussed that would continue using SLACK for communications between groups and Google Drive for file sharing. Wing has offered to help out with this as Carrie is too busy.

  • Good News: RH Council unaminously approved a motion “Richmond Hill Climate Change Actions” put forward by Councillor David West. Yay!! A big win. Motion is posted on website.

  • Climate Change Cookbook possibility - Martin discussed the idea of a climate change cookbook with Robin, Andy and Carrie. Martin is waiting to hear if the Toronto publisher he has contacted will agree to publish it. The idea is to explain why a plant rich diet is good for one’s health and also the health of the planet, and to showcase recipes that go from no-beef (only white meat and fish), to vegetarian and finally to vegan. The book will showcase local environmental groups and will weave into the text information about climate change and the importance of less beef, a plant rich diet, and much less food waste.

2. Student Initiatives

NftP Student Action Climate Group

  • First meeting held this past weekend.

  • Lots of great ideas. Because climate change impacts everything, they came up with the name “Everything Matters Movement”.

  • ·Will create an Instagram account to bring all schools together. Talked about how to engage other students in their schools. Interview or use survey to see what other students would like to focus on eg. Fast fashion?

  • Coming up with their own logo.

  • Will be meeting every 2 weeks.

  • These meetings are now posted on our Upcoming Events page so other students can join.

Media/Climate strikes

Climate Strikes - Maple H.S.

  • Fri Feb 14th – REALLY cold. Carrie went. Mbabazi there. Stayed whole hour!

  • Cardboard boxes needed to make new climate strike signs. Please bring to next meeting.

  • This week will be the climate strike with solidarity action in support of Wet’suwet’en nation. Julia Fursova is organizing!! She wrote up an amazing article to help us understand what it is all about. Check it out here.

Climate Change Documentary from Student Perspective

  • Interviews were held this past Sunday for demo tape.

  • Casting calls still to come.

Climate Change School presentations:

  • Andy’s sister is a teacher and has booked Martin to speak at her school.

3. Promotional/Educational Material

  • Our colour flyers have all been printed. Also have been posted on website.

  • Check them out: Changing Your Eating Habits, Reduce Your Food Waste and Clean Transportation.

  • Have had a LOT of great feedback. A big thank you to Alan Rapkin for taking our words and bringing them to life!

  • The plant based group had a small discussion on looking into finding promotional materials such as t-shirts.

4. Social Media

  • Nothing new. Need volunteer to help with this.

5. Group Updates

a) Reducing Food Waste

Update provided by Stuart & Marilyn:

  • Get Smart: Take the Challenge food waste audit. Results: We did lower our food waste. Immediate strategies are being used for reducing food waste - no need to do the first two pre-strategy weeks.

  • Earth Rangers Food Waste Mission One component of this environmental group’s program is children try to go a week without generating any food waste. The Earthrangers one week program for kids will get family involved. Stuart will try the Earthrangers program next. Food-Waste-Warrior-Brief-T.pdf and here is the tracking document: Food-Waste-Tracker.pdf

  • York Region Organic Waste. Updates from York Region provided by Carrie:

  • a) York Region manages the municipal residential organic waste collected by the Local Towns and Cities. The Region’s organic waste is processed at these contracted facilities: Cornerstone Renewables, GFL Environmental and Renewi (formerly Orgaworld). Cornerstone uses anaerobic digesters and the other two are composting facilities that has aerobic processes. I believe the gas produced from Cornerstone has been fed into the electricity grid. Their website may give more up to date information on what they do with the gas produced.

  • b) The York Region can only speak to the waste collected by the Local Towns and cities within this Region and not the entire GTA. York Region has identified anaerobic digestion as the preferred technology for managing its organic waste and has been developing an implementation plan to secure capacity needed to meet its long term processing needs and emissions reduction goals. The 2018 Solid Waste Diversion Report has been added to NftP website on our Resource page.