STONE SOUP: Many people want to get involved with climate action, but don’t have time because the modern economy demands that we work and work and work and still somehow also take care of ourselves and our homes. Inspired by the Stone Soup folk tale, we’re planning climate talks in peoples’ homes around a meal to give back a little bit of free time. 1. Make a huge vegan stew, 2. invite your neighbours, 3. talk about climate breakdown and climate action — and 4. send them home with a recipe and leftovers. Check out Climate Fast’s Kitchen Table Conversations for a similar program.
RESTAURANTS: We are currently developing a training program for restaurants that informs them about reducing their direct emissions, but also helps them become hubs for climate education and action! Because most social change and deep discussion happens over a meal.
DEEP-CANVASSING: Deep-canvassing is an approach to door-to-door canvassing that relies on extended listening. The approach has had modest success in reducing prejudice in the United States. We helped develop a door-knocking campaign with Toronto350. If you want to get involved, reach out or attend the weekly Toronto350 meeting on Tuesdays.
PLEDGES in SCHOOLS: I’m currently talking with teachers at my former high school about incorporating our pledge system into classes or an extracurricular club. Get in touch and I’ll keep you posted on what works and doesn’t work and give advice about implementing something similar in a school near you.
NOFLY2020: By the hour, flying is the highest emissions activity you can engage in. It’s also one of the easiest to cut back on. You just have to stay home and read a book to achieve measurable and immediate reductions. A campaign to stay grounded in 2019 has “taken off” in Sweden. We’re looking at signing people up for the English version of the petition. A one-year flight hiatus is one of the actions on our pledge sheets — but we like the targeted approach here. Did you know that airlines don’t pay fuel taxes?
None of these programs are up and running yet. They all still require a lot of planning and organizing. At this time, we are looking for individuals willing to commit to a specific project and take on some of the heavy lifting, but you can also drop us a line to let us know you would like to volunteer for one of these projects once it gets off the ground.