Weekly list of environmental and social justice events and issues.

Updated every Monday.


To my Greenspiration Friends,

Thank you for spending another year with me!

Now that it’s summertime, I’ll be taking a break from this newsletter until Sept.

Wishing you a peaceful, healthy season of growth and regeneration.




Debt for Climate

Rich nations owe a massive climate debt to poorer nations: for the devastating impacts of the fossil fuels we have burned. Yet we have no intention of paying for the loss and damage we have caused. Poor countries are deemed to owe massive financial debts to the rich nations, yet they cannot pay them without destroying their economies and their ecosystems. The proposal is simultaneously to cancel both the climate and the financial debts, liberating the money poorer nations need to take climate action.



‘We just pray for rain’: Niger is in the eye of the climate crisis – and children are starving



U.S. Supreme Court Expected to Gut Emission Controls as Climate Scientists Petition for Plan B

With the US Supreme Court widely expected to turn its ideological wrecking ball on the country’s greenhouse gas emission controls, a group of climate scientists is pitching a new approach to regulating carbon as a toxic substance.



The climate tipping points

50 min. podcast on how global warming may trigger irreversible changes to our planet and what could turn it around.



Growing wave to prohibit new gas stations

Los Angeles and several other cities across Turtle Island (North America) just announced they’re planning to prohibit new gas stations!


Now it’s Canada’s turn – use this tool to quickly send your City Councillors a message asking them to say NO to new gas stations!


Or send a letter to the editor here


Electric Vehicles Are Making Gas Stations Obsolete



Plastics Be Gone

The federal government is banning companies from importing or making plastic bags and takeout containers by the end of this year, from selling them by the end of next year, and from exporting them by the end of 2025.



Montreal to Turn 2.5 km Major Street Into Pedestrian-Friendly Linear Park



Kiss the Ground

Kiss the Ground reveals that, by regenerating the world’s soils, we can completely and rapidly stabilize Earth’s climate, restore lost ecosystems and create abundant food supplies. A Netflix doc.









Common security, nuclear risks and the OSCE in the wake of the Ukraine conflict

Mon. Jun 27, 10:30 a.m. ET

A webinar highlighting the importance of common security mechanisms like the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), especially in light of the Russian invasion of Ukraine and the increased nuclear threats.






Voices from the Movement w/ Michael Chong

Mon. Jun 27, 7 p.m. ET

Voices from the Movement is a free online series featuring activists, advocates and community leaders who are collectively trying to reboot our democracy’s operating system, to be more inclusive, responsive and meaningful. Hosted by Unlock Democracy Canada.


Full 2021 Schedule: https://www.unlockdemocracy.ca/voices_from_the_movement   





Nuclear Scam: How building new Nuclear Power Stations will Cost the Earth and do nothing for Energy Security or your Energy Bills

Tues. June 28, 2:30 p.m. ET

A panel discussion to show how the recently-announced and reckless UK Conservative government energy plan will worsen the energy and climate crisis, leave people in fuel poverty, deprive workers of jobs in the fastest-growing renewable energy sector and drive energy bills higher. How can we best change this?






The Heat Dome, One Year Later

Tuesday June 28, 12- 1:30 p.m. PT

Join us on the anniversary of the hottest day in 2021 for a webinar exploring the lessons learned from the heat dome, and the changes we need to make to address future heat events. We bring together climate and heat dome researchers, emergency health practitioners, and social justice advocates in a dynamic discussion of where we need to get to if we are to be collectively resilient moving forward. The first of a series on climate change and climate action sponsored by the Climate Action Leadership program at Royal Roads University.






Density vs Nature in Cities? No More False Choices

Tues. June 28, 11 a.m. ET

Brent Toderian is a nationally and internationally respected practitioner and thought-leader on cities and city-building, with over 30 years of experience in advanced urbanism, city planning, urban design, transportation and change management. Over the last 10 years since returning to consulting practice, he has advised and collaborated with cities, states, agencies and best-practice developers around the world.

https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_nH36LtDjRI6fe_v-zXXx3w s





Advocacy Forum: Building a Culture of Cycling

Tues. June 28, 5 – 6 pm. ET

Via Zoom or in person: Marc Garneau Collegiate Institute – Library, 135 Overlea Blvd, North York

Cycle Toronto, in collaboration with the Women’s Cycling Network, Scarborough Cycles, and the Africa Climate Action Initiative, is hosting their first Advocacy Forum of the year! Featuring community leaders from Women’s Cycling Network, Hijabs and Helmets, and the Rexdale Women’s Center, this forum is for anyone who wants to learn more about grassroots efforts taking place across the city to encourage more people to get on their bikes, beyond advocating for safer roads.






Heal ourselves to heal the world

Tues. June 28, 7:30 – 9 p.m. ET

Whether it’s climate change, species extinction or war, the challenges we see facing our beautiful planet can weigh heavily on our shoulders. That weight sometimes makes it hard to move forward, to have the energy for action, or to find joy in our days. Are you interested in lightening that emotional load? If so, join me for a meditative process of inquiry called “The Work”, pioneered by Byron Katie, to question the painful judgements we have, and clean up our inner environment so we can rejuvenate our work. Cost: pwyc, by e-transfer after the workshop.

Email to register: sclimenhaga@sympatico.ca






Tues. June 28, 11 a.m. ET

CreateTO is a new agency with a new mandate established by the City of Toronto to manage its portfolio of real estate assets.  Hear directly from Salima Rawji, Senior Vice President, Development at CreateTO, about the organization’s major projects and initiatives, affordable housing and city-building.






Old-growth 2022 – Facts and Fiction

Tues. June 28, 5:30 – 7 p.m. PST

Join this webinar featuring Torrance Coste, Wilderness Committee; Jens Wieting, Sierra Club BC; and Jackie Larkin, Elders for Ancient Trees to learn how to distinguish facts and fiction when it comes to old-growth in B.C. We will discuss: what amount of at-risk forests have temporary deferrals? How much is newly, fully protected? What type of support exists for Indigenous communities and groups seeking to protect forests? And more.






End Climate Delay – Day of Action

Wed. June 29

Last summer extreme heat killed over 600 people in Canada alone, but Trudeau continues to delay meaningful climate action. That’s why on June 29th – to mark the anniversary of the Heat Dome – communities across the country will hold our government accountable and demand a Just Transition. Find an action near you.






Demystifying the Economics of Tobacco Control: Knowledge, policy and everything in between

Wed. June 29, 9 – 10 a.m. ET

We invite you to discover the key learnings of this global research endeavor, to better understand the role of political climate and industry interference within the tobacco space, and discuss the emerging opportunities for continued and meaningful impact.






Using Two-Eyed Seeing as a model for reconciliation to conserve marine ecosystems

Wed. June 29, 1 – 2 p.m. ET

This webinar will focus on the role of reconciliation between settlers and Indigenous communities in conservation and management of marine resources. Hosted by Sierra Club of Canada.






Nuclear Power in the World: Closing the Gap Between Perception and Reality

Thur. June 30, 8 p.m. ET

Mycle Schneider, author of the World Nuclear Industry Status Report, will present on how nuclear power is promoted and perceived, particularly by governments, vs. the actual state of the industry. This topic is especially relevant given the nuclear industry’s self-promotion as a climate solution and an alternative to Russian oil.






Reproductive Rights and the Fight Against the Right Wing: An International Feminist Perspective

Thur. June 30, 7 – 8 pm ET

We’ll hear from activists from Poland and Chile and elsewhere who have been mobilizing against right wing attacks on reproductive health care. They’ll share stories and lessons from their organizing and open discussion about how we can bring solidarity across borders to the fight for access to abortion.






NATO and Global Empire

Thur. June 30, 7:30 p.m. ET

Find out about NATO’s role across the globe from North America and Europe to Africa to China and its relationship to wars, colonial violence and structural white supremacy. With Join Djibo Sobukwe of the Black Agenda Report, Janine Solanki of Mobilization Against War and Occupation, and Tamara Lorincz of The Canadian Foreign Policy Institute.






Acting on the Glasgow Statement: Shifting International Public Finance from Fossil Fuels to Clean Energy

Thur. June 30, 10 a.m. ET

At COP 26, 39 governments and public finance institutions committed to ending all new support for unabated coal, oil, and gas by the end of 2022, signing the Statement on International Public Support for the Clean Energy Transition (the “Glasgow Statement”). Given the war in Ukraine and the compounding energy price, debt, and climate crises, countries must prioritize public finance for energy efficiency and clean energy now more than ever. Panelists from government and civil society will share their experiences implementing the Glasgow Statement and reflect on how it can facilitate a clean and just energy transition in low- and middle-income countries.






Don’t Nuke the Pacific / Protect Our Ocean

Sat. July 2, 5 p.m. ET

Japan plans to release 1.28 million metric tons of radioactive water from the still-hemorrhaging triple meltdown Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant into the Pacific Ocean starting in 2023 and continuing for more than 30 years. Speakers will address how we can stop this harmful act.






Light Libraries in Malawi

Tues. July 5, 10 – 11 a.m. ET

Globally, 230 million children attend schools without access to electricity, impeding their ability to access quality education. For many, the challenges don’t stop there. At home, children also lack access to light leaving them unable to study and imagine a brighter future as the sun sets. As part of SolarAid’s mission, we are committed to lighting up every school in Africa with safe, clean, solar power. Learn how you can help.






#NoWar2022: Resistance & Regeneration

Fri – Sun. July 8 – 10

We will explore the unique theme of both “resistance” and “regeneration”, asking the question: As we resist the institution of war worldwide, from crippling sanctions and military occupations to the network of military bases that encircle the globe, how can we simultaneously “regenerate,” building the alternative world that we want to see based on nonviolence and a culture of peace? This online conference will  include panels, discussion sessions, workshops, virtual networking, and expo booths.






Voices from the Movement w/ Velma Morgan

Mon. July 11,  7 p.m. ET

Voices from the Movement is a free online series featuring activists, advocates and community leaders who are collectively trying to reboot our democracy’s operating system, to be more inclusive, responsive and meaningful. Hosted by Unlock Democracy Canada.


Full 2021 Schedule: https://www.unlockdemocracy.ca/voices_from_the_movement  





Rouge Park! 23 times the area of NYC’s Central Park, in the heart of Greater Toronto!

Tues. July 12, 11 a.m. ET

Indeed, Rouge National Urban Park will be 23 times larger than Central Park in New York, while also quite different, in the heart of the Greater Toronto Area. A rich assembly of natural, cultural and agricultural landscapes, Rouge National Urban Park is home to amazing biodiversity, Carolinian ecosystems, one of the region’s largest marshes, a beach at Lake Ontario, kms of trails, hiking opportunities, and human history dating back over 10,000 years, including some of Canada’s oldest known Indigenous sites. Once fully established, Rouge National Urban Park will be one of the largest and best protected urban parks of its kind in the world, spanning 79.1 square kilometres in the heart of Canada’s largest and most diverse metropolitan area.






T.O. the Good Swap

Thur. July 14, 6 – 8 p.m. ET

Centre for Social Innovation, 192 Spadina Ave. Toronto

T.O. the Good Swap is a monthly clothing exchange for all genders, all bodies, and all ages located in downtown Toronto.






Considering a Heat Pump

Tues. July 19, 7 p.m. PT

Heat pumps are the most efficient, and climate-friendly, heating and cooling system on the market today. Learn what a heat pump is, the benefits of heat pumps, how to find a registered contractor and what rebates, financing offers and supports are available to help you upgrade your heating system.






River Run 2022: Walk with Grassy Narrows for Mercury Justice!

Thursday, July 21, noon, ET

Downtown Toronto, details TBD

In July 2022, fifty community members and leaders will travel 1,700km from Grassy Narrows to Toronto to demand that Ontario and Canada:

– Compensate everyone in Grassy Narrows fairly for the mercury crisis

– Respect the Grassy Narrows Indigenous Protected Area (end mining and logging plans in Grassy Narrows territory)

– Support Grassy Narrows in restoring their community and way of life from the damage that mercury has done.

Walk with Grassy Narrows youth and community members to show that we are with them on their path to achieve mercury justice and freedom! This is a family friendly event. Rain or shine!


Donate towards travel funds for community members to come to Toronto:






Walkable, Green Streets: Advancing Health, Wellness, & Economic Vitality

Tues. July 26, 11 a.m. ET

Dan Burden is America’s most recognized authority on walkability and bikeability and is a pioneer in people-first urban planning. For 40 years, he has helped policymakers in over 3,500 cities around the country create healthier cities, one neighborhood at a time. His work bridges the gap between research and action by using evidence-based policymaking to achieve real results.






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