Communities Taking Climate Action
Putting Equity at the Centre


November 15-16, 2022| Virtual Gathering
With Local Meetups Across Canada


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Panels, Workshops, and Masterclasses


We're excited to share more information about our areas of focus for the event. More information about specific workshops and masterclasses will be released soon!

Day 1: November 15, 2022
This day will be centered on bringing everyone in your community around the table to build a shared vision and narrative.   

Day 1 will focus on the importance of collective work in bringing about transformative change. The conversations will deep dive into crucial challenges we are facing today and what steps could lead to innovative solutions. You will attend an informative Mayor’s panel, engage in workshops, participatory breakout sessions and masterclasses on topics such as hosting community conversations, financing local multi-sectoral efforts, and the role of communities in advancing climate action while centering equity and inclusivity.  

At the end of Day 1, you will have the opportunity to meet some of your fellow participants at small in-person gatherings hosted in several major Canadian cities.  


Day 2: November 16, 2022
This day will look towards an inclusive, equitable and sustainable future.  

Day 2 will focus on the process of developing solutions that work for all. We will discuss the path towards climate actions that are fair and just in building a brighter future. You will take part in workshops, breakout sessions and expert-led masterclasses about youth and Indigenous leadership, taking a systems change and multi-solving approach, and centering users in designing solutions. We will work together towards uplifting intersections and building a connected movement. 

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Meet Our Keynote Speaker, Elizabeth May 

We're so excited to Welcome Elizabeth May, Member of Parliament for Saanich-Gulf Islands and former leader of the Green Party of Canada.

Elizabeth May was the first Green Party MP to be elected in Canada and only the second Green in the world elected under a First Past the Post voting system. She has represented the southern Vancouver Island district of Saanich-Gulf Islands since 2011. Prior to entering politics, Elizabeth was a life-long environmental activist, recipient of the Order of Canada at the Officer level, author of numerous books on environmental and social justice themes, and for 17 years the Executive Director of the Sierra Club of Canada.


Meet Our Master of Ceremonies, Chúk Odenigbo

We'll be led through our time together by our wonderful master of ceremonies, Chúk Odenigbo.

Proudly Franco-Albertan, Chúk is passionate about the ways in which the environment impacts human healthand the role of justice in our understanding of how our societies function. As a result of this passion, Chúk isvery active in changemaking spaces in both Canada and at an international scale. His educationalbackground centres the domains of environment science, chemistry, public health and medical geography. Inhis work as one of the founding directors of Future Ancestors Services, he focuses on environmental andclimate justice, and outside of this work, he is involved in several boards, committees, conferences andmovements to reimagine and recreate societal structures and systems for the well-being of all of our kin.Human and non-human.

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Mayors’ Panel: Cities leading the way towards a more sustainable, inclusive and equitable future 

What is the role of local governments in advancing a just and equitable climate transition? How can collaborating with constituents lead to transformative change? We will explore these and other questions with a panel of Mayors from across Canada who are leading the way on climate action, equity, and engagement. Our panelists will discuss crucial themes such as: the role of cities in meeting and exceeding our national climate targets, the value of working across sectors, and the importance of engaging residents while centring equity and justice. 


Putting equity and justice at the heart of community-led climate action 

When it comes to climate change, we are all facing the same storm but find ourselves in different boats. Some communities and populations are disproportionately vulnerable to the effects of climate change, and this vulnerability is socially determined. Marginalized groups such as women, children, racialized groups, Indigenous peoples, 2SLGBTQIA+ folks, the elderly and differently abled people will be among those most affected by climate disasters and the least structurally equipped to adapt. These same groups have been historically excluded from dialogues around climate change, which have focused more on achieving emissions reduction than tackling the root causes of structural inequity.  

Today, climate action must centre equity and justice. We need to ensure that the responsibilities and burdens of climate change, as well as the benefits of climate action, do not unfairly impact disadvantaged populations. This discussion will shed light on how we can dismantle systemic discrimination in the climate movement and put forward solutions that advance more equitable outcomes for all. 

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Taking a whole-community approach to climate action

No one sector – whether local governments, nonprofits, businesses or schools – can be singlehandedly responsible for an effective climate response at the local level, yet each one plays an important role in achieving the shared vision they hold. How can communities work across sectors and alongside residents to identify and pursue a common agenda for change? How can broad coalitions of actors adopt collaborative governance models that support their work? In 2022, Tamarack hosted a Climate Transitions Cohort with 19 communities from across Canada that wanted to deepen their knowledge and practice of collective impact and community engagement. In this workshop, you'll hear from members of the Cohort about their successes and challenges as well as what they are learning as they continue this collective climate work.  


Activating resources for climate-focused collective impact work 

What role does financial investment play in supporting the interrelated work of facilitating just climate transitions, ending poverty, and realizing the promise of reconciliation and racial justice? Learn from a panel of funders who will share their journeys and learnings about driving impactful change. In this session, you’ll hear about how their passions are informing the world they are striving to design as well as hear their reflections on the role of investors, on the key principles and mindsets of responsible finance, and how these intersect with multiple forms of justice (e.g., climate justice, racial justice, health justice, reconciliation) to collectively make the future of climate work more sustainable and equitable for all. 


Decolonizing climate action – looking towards an Indigenized future 

 Indigenous communities have cared for the Earth and valued a sustainable way of life for generations, yet they have been consistently left out of decision-making processes and continue to be disproportionately impacted by climate change.  Fortunately, there is no shortage of incredible climate leadership and knowledge in Indigenous communities that non-Indigenous Canadians can learn from. There are also countless opportunities for municipalities and non-Indigenous groups to partner with Indigenous communities to co-design more inclusive policies, programs and solutions. Join us for a discussion about what an Indigenized future could look like and how the decolonization of climate action can bring us closer to a sustainable and prosperous future that leaves no one behind. 


Beyond economic growth – towards a wellbeing economy that centers people and planet 

We are facing major crises with intersecting causes and consequences: increased poverty and inequality, lack of affordable housing and rising costs of living, social isolation, climate change, and more. Local communities are uniquely situated to contribute to strategies and activities that provide solutions across these challenges and others by harnessing their unique assets and opportunities. New frameworks and ways of thinking are emerging to help us develop more holistic solutions that advance human and ecological wellbeing. From the Sustainable Development Goals to Doughnut Economics, from the degrowth movement to the Well-being Economy Alliance, new economic models fit for the 21st century are proliferating. Beyond the buzzwords, what exactly are some of these approaches and how can they help community changemakers in their efforts to tackle intersecting challenges? Join us for an engaging session with experts in these new economic paradigms to explore ideas and opportunities for individuals working at the community level.  

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Engaging Well in a Hybrid World

Over the last two years we’ve experienced a big pivot (figuring out how to engage virtually) and a big reckoning (reflecting on how inclusive, representative, and accountable our engagement practices are). Now, community practitioners are hearing questions like: 

How can we reinvigorate our engagement?

How can we engage meaningfully and creatively in a hybrid world?

How can we ensure our engagement is inclusive? 

In other words, rather than returning to the old way of doing things, how can we do them differently? Join us in this workshop to learn, share, get inspired, and feel confident as you engage meaningfully in a hybrid world. 

Building community from the inside out using Asset-Based Community Development 

How do you put community at the centre of your climate work? In this masterclass you will learn about the foundations of Asset Based Community Development (ABCD) and how it can support a ‘whole community’ approach by building on strengths that already exist locally and pulling in complementary assets to build successful plans, programs and activities. We will work through the theory and put ABCD into practice with group work, tools and resources. 


A Guide to Breakthrough Community Change. 

Systems change requires us to unite our community. A common agenda changes everything. Based on Paul’s latest book (published in 20230), this workshop will make a case for systems change and will provide an overview of the keys steps to uniting your community, developing a plan and realizing impact. When communities work together across divides, they will more effectively address the climate crisis. 



Single registration: $399 CAD

Groups of 3 or more: $339 CAD per person

CCT Cohort members receive 2 free seats per member

CEP, CDC, and CBYF are eligible for the group rate

Registration for this gathering is now open.

This event will take place virtually via Howspace, and details about how to access event content and discussions will be sent in advance.

This event will take place in English, with French simultaneous translation available for plenary activities


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The Paul Born Be A Light Scholarship Fund

We want everyone to learn how to improve their community! To ensure this, Tamarack supports low-income learners through the Paul Born Be a Light Fund. Learn more and apply by filling out this form or reaching out Duncan. Learn how you can donate to the Paul Born Be A Light Fund and get a charitable receipt.

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