The City of Toronto is inviting residents and community leaders to help inspire local climate action by becoming a Neighbourhood Climate Action Champion.
Participants in the program will receive virtual training and support to empower them to support residents in developing innovative climate action projects that reflect the needs and values of their communities.
Participants must be willing to commit four to five hours per month (minimum 50 hours per year) engaging with their community in developing and implementing neighbourhood-based projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Participants will receive an honorarium of $500.
In order to apply, you must be at least 18 years of age, live in Toronto, and have strong interpersonal and leadership skills. Priority will be given to applications from community leaders and residents from communities experiencing social, economic and other barriers, including people of colour, newcomers, 2SLGBTQ+ persons, women, Indigenous peoples, and people with disabilities.
In October 2019, Toronto City Council declared a climate emergency, accelerated the TransformTO: Climate Action for a Healthy, Equitable and Prosperous Toronto strategy, and adopted a stronger emissions reduction target for Toronto – net zero by 2050 or sooner. The largest sources of local emissions in Toronto are homes and buildings, transportation and waste.
Launched in 2020, the Neighbourhood Climate Action Champions first cohort formed local climate action groups and initiated a variety of projects including eco-mentorship programs, neighbourhood cycling workshops and tours, a sharing library for community events, food waste reduction and cooking demos, educational webinars in multiple languages, and climate action murals.
Applications for the Neighbourhood Climate Action Champions program will be accepted until October 25, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. Residents can learn more and apply at Live Green Toronto
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