WHAT IS 3% PROJECT
3% Project has crossed Canada 4 times, visiting 500 schools nationwide. Why? To educate us on climate solutions and to empower us to take action within our own communities. Our goals are simple: to achieve more consensus Canada-wide that climate change is real, that its biggest cause is human-created, and to empower youth to take local action towards climate change solutions in their communities. Together, we can create change.
Now that 3% Project has completed their mission, they have written a report to share what they have learned.
Webinar Part 1: Nation-building + Q&A
Date: Tues August 25
Time: 1 - 2pm
“Nation-building” explores five opportunities to draw Canadians closer to each other and engender listening, empathy, and reconciliation.
Canada is dying of ignorance. And “L’ignorance a le mépris facile” [Ignorance fathers contempt]. Contempt poisons the arteries of our soul as rivers flow every way on the land bounded by three oceans: urban-rural; Indigenoussettler; West-East. Each tells a different narrative of the past, lives a different present reality, and imagines a different future. And each group thinks it is right, and the others are not only wrong but incomprehensibly wrong. So incomprehensible that each cannot even treat others seriously and pray, “God, I thank you that I am not like them.”
The urgent need for nation-building is the most important insight I gained from 3% Project. A house divided against itself cannot stand. Listening, empathy, and reconciliation are solutions to our existential challenges, including the climate crisis.
I routinely faced Canadians who disagreed with me. Some did not hold back. But when we took the time to listen, not once did we grow further apart. We always drew closer together. Even when the disagreements persisted, I found more of myself in his story and him in mine. The dialogues lift the fog and reveal that “there is clearly room enough for all of us in this mythical canoe of Canada.” Only then can we together write and fulfill the story of the future of Canada.