Harnessing Collective Action for a Sustainable Climate Future

Collective Action

The climate emergency demands urgent, society-wide action. An upcoming event will feature Christine Boyle, a city councillor and United Church Minister in Vancouver, renowned for her advocacy for climate action by faith communities and municipal governments. Boyle will share insights from her work on Spirited Social Change, an initiative focusing on engaging people across generations to explore intersections between faith, spirituality, and efforts towards a better world. She will also discuss her successful advocacy for Vancouver’s Climate Emergency Action Plan, aimed at reducing carbon pollution by 50% by 2030. Boyle's early involvement in fossil fuel divestment campaigns, including founding Fossil Free Faith, served as inspiration for Divest Waterloo.

Chris Fletcher, an Associate Professor in the Department of Geography and Environmental Management at the University of Waterloo, will accompany Boyle. Leveraging his expertise in global climate modeling, Fletcher will provide an overview of climate science, emphasizing the imperative to limit average global temperature increase to below 1.5 degrees Celsius. He will also explain how a 50% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 aligns with this goal.

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