join us sept. 19-23
The Climate Reality Project Canada is organizing a Youth Climate Week of Action in the lead up to the Global Climate Strike on September 23. As we celebrate climate action and challenge ourselves to learn more, the Youth Climate Week of Action offers an engaging series of workshops, webinars and activities. Emissions targets and global negotiations are important, but we can’t lose sight of the fact that in order to solve the climate crisis we must also address deep rooted systemic issues.
Webinars & Workshops — Sign up to join us using the form above!
Monday, Sept. 19, 7pm ET
It’s getting hot in here
The aim of this workshop will be to display how increased temperatures affect different aspects of our life such as food, water, inflation as well as how it increases death and disease for vulnerable populations. It will help students to get a well-rounded idea of the intricacies of the climate crisis and the connectedness between social systems. The event will be held with the participation of Dr. Jessica Blythe, Assistant Professor and researcher at Brock University, as well as, Shannon Fernandes, the climate change coordinator for the Town of Lincoln, who will speak about Climate Change Adaptation.
Tuesday, Sept. 20, 7pm ET
Weathering the storms together
Students will be able to explore the importance of resilience and building community. What to do without power for days? How does this affect affordable housing/house insurance? The purpose of this session will be to teach students how to create support networks in case of climate emergency and reimagine what community means to them. In order to support students, Shelley Lepp, from the Writers Collective of Canada, will provide host a workshop writing tools to empowering students to find their voice and help them to imagine what life would be like in a state of climate emergency.
Wednesday, Sept. 21, 1pm & 7pm ET
Eco-anxiety & Art Workshop
This work shop is designed to be a safe space to work through climate anxiety using art. In partnership with UniC, we offer participants a discussion to understand their ecoanxiety from a global perspective and allow them to use art to work through their emotions. The workshop will explore how to create a poem or art piece to reduce their fear of environmental damage or ecological disaster. Accompanied by a panel of ecoanxiety experts from global north and global south, students will be also allowed to discuss their experiences with climate anxiety.
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Thursday, Sept 22
Defund the Climate Crisis
This workshop offers a deeper understanding of where your money could be funding the climate crisis. It will allow us to make educated decisions and critical thinking to where their money is and how it benefits or disadvantages the climate movement. The event will take place in presence of Banking on a better future, a group of grassroots youth organizers focused on institutional fossil fuel divestment and Reimagine 17, a youth-led organization working to engage youth in advocacy, sustainable development, social justice and the reimagination of our collective future.
Friday, Sept 23
Global Strike for Climate Justice
Finally, on Friday September 23, an intergenerational movement led by youth activists will be taking to the streets around the world, to "March for our lives” and defend the future for every generation. The goal of the Climate strike will be to get the community involved in a group climate action to show the government that we need change.
Find a strike near you with this map tool by Fridays For Future.
Speakers & Facilitators
Thank you for sharing your experience and knowledge with us this week!
Shannon Fernandes is the Climate Coordinator for the Town of Lincoln, Ontario and a PhD student at Brock University's Environmental Sustainability Research Centre. Shannon graduated with a Bachelors of Science on the Dean’s Honours List and was the Faculty of Science Valedictorian at the University of Waterloo. Shannon went on to pursue a Masters of Environmental Studies in from the University of Waterloo and holds a post-graduate diploma from Wilfrid Laurier University. Shannon is passionate about climate solutions and contributes to high impact projects that move us towards a better future.
See Shannon at the It’s getting hot in here presentation on Sept. 20 at 7pm ET.
Jessica Blythe is an Associate Professor at Brock University. Jessica’s research focuses on how communities experience environmental change and what explains their differential capacities for adaptation and transformation. She is particularly interested in building the resilience of local communities to climate change, securing sustainable small-scale fisheries, and equitable collaborative forms of marine resource governance. Her empirical work has been based in Eastern Africa, Melanesia, Australia, and most recently in southern Ontario, Canada.
See Jessica at the It’s getting hot in here presentation on Sept. 20 at 7pm ET.
Shelley joined the WCC as a volunteer facilitator in 2018 and as Co-Executive Director in 2019. She has spent her career working in the non-profit sector, with ample experience in volunteer management, major events fundraising, communications, and strategic planning. Shelley holds a Master’s Degree in Adult Education and Community Development from OISE, University of Toronto. Her SSHRC-funded research focused on the practice and pedagogy of expressive writing as a non-clinical mental health intervention. She is a passionate writer, mental-health advocate, and community builder. Shelley is a mom to four busy kids and can often be found driving to hockey rinks all over the Greater Toronto Area, running the family dog at the beach, or hosting water balloon fights for dozens of neighbourhood children.
See Shelley at the Weathering the storms together Writing Workshop on Sept. 20 at 7pm ET.
Dr. Maxime Boivin
Maxime is a climate change researcher at the INSPQ and an associate professor in the Department of Information and Communication at Laval University.
She holds a doctorate in public communication where she was interested in behavioural changes related to public health issues. She works on mobilization to reduce the social and health impacts of climate change.
Her research projects focus on eco-anxiety, urban greening and climate change communication. Maxime is co-director of the Interdisciplinary Research Group on Eco-Anxiety and Civic Engagement (GIREEC).
See Maxime at the Eco-anxiety & Art Workshop on Sept. 21 at 1pm & at 7pm ET.
Caroline is a psychotherapist and lecturer at the University of Bath and has researching the emotional responses of children and young people to climate change around the world for the past ten years.
Her research examines eco-anxiety & distress, eco-empathy, trauma, moral injury and the impact of climate anxiety on family relationships. She is co-lead author on a 2021 quantitative global study into children & young people’s emotions & thoughts about climate change published in The Lancet Planetary Health.
She has been developing a range of therapeutic services for ecological distress, a psychological assessment model for eco-anxiety, and delivered workshops in climate psychology, emotional resilience and mental health internationally.
See Caroline at the Eco-anxiety & Art Workshop on Sept. 21 at 1pm ET.
Proudly Franco-Albertan, Chúk is passionate about the ways in which the environment impacts human health and the role of justice in our understanding of how our societies function.
As a result of this passion, Chúk is
very active in changemaking spaces in both Canada and at an international scale. His educational background centres the domains of environment science, chemistry, public health and medical geography. In his work as one of the founding directors of Future Ancestors Services, he focuses on environmental and climate justice, and outside of this work, he is involved in several boards, committees, conferences and movements to reimagine and recreate societal structures and systems for the well-being of all of our kin. Human and non-human.
See Chúk at the Eco-anxiety & Art Workshop on Sept. 21 at 7pm ET.
Trained as Climate Reality Leader in 2011 with The Climate Reality Project (TCRP), Dino has completed presentations on climate change and climate solutions to more than 5000 people offline and online.
Dino currently works at Gain Indonesia, as Technical Specialist – Human Centered Design. Previously, he worked as Manager of Environmental Pillar at the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Secretariat DKI Jakarta Province.
See Dino at the Eco-anxiety & Art Workshop on Sept. 21 at 7pm ET.
Swary Utami Dewi
Social activist and facilitator for the issues of social forestry, climate change, gender and community development.
Active member of the Working Group on Social Forestry, set up by the Ministry, since November 2006 to now.
Tami is a founder and board member of Kawal Borneo Community Foundation (KBCF). The organization, based in Kalimantan, focuses on the issues of forest community empowerment.
Tami has also been a Climate Reality Leader since 2009.
See Tami at the Eco-anxiety & Art Workshop on Sept. 21 at 7pm ET.
Climate Justice Organizer.
See Tami at the Defund the Climate Crisis Workshop on Sept. 22 at 7pm ET.
The Climate Reality Project Canada’s (CRPC) office is located on land which has long served as a site of meeting and exchange amongst Indigenous peoples, including the Haudenosaunee and Anishinabeg Nations. CRPC honours, recognizes and respects these Nations as the traditional stewards of the lands and waters on which we are today.