For the provincially focused Kitchen Table Climate Conversations (KTCCs), our goal is to help people become more confident facilitating or hosting KTCCs, talking about climate justice and raising awareness. Then, together, we can hold those elected to office on June 2nd accountable for the healthy, just and green province we want to see!
How the Backgrounder Works
This backgrounder is grouped into three major sections – Climate Plans, Biodiversity & Environment and Strong Communities. Under each major section there are points and sample conversation-arcs. The arcs generally include:
Challenges & Impacts – Losses & Threats
Actions & Solutions – What do we need instead?
Working Together – Example of a win
What’s Next?! – What else can we do?
It’s a choose your own adventure model – the suggestion is to find a point or points that resonate with you and who you’re planning to talk to and build a conversation around that. Or, simply use the information in any way that backs you and your conversations up! Also note, this is a “working” website – a work in progress. If you notice something that could be corrected or added, let us know.
So, let’s get started looking at some examples of what we can talk about.
Biodiversity and the Environment
For webcast recordings and more resources see Talking Climate in Ontario and Ready to Talk Climate in Ontario. For more resources on climate impacts, actions and solutions, and a working Common Questions and Answers document, see the More Climate Resources page.
A Note on Climate Justice
Most conversation-arcs include the sections Act like it’s an emergency! Amping up the approach and a Spotlight on Climate Justice. Climate justice though, isn’t a separate category, it is integral to all climate plans – true action on climate entails racial, economic and Indigenous justice. It centres the communities currently underrepresented, marginalized and most impacted. By addressing the roots of interconnected crises and actively working to counter them, regeneration, reparation and transformation become possible.
We also wish to reiterate here, on the front page, that in all undertakings, a full commitment to uphold the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and the Protection of Aboriginal and Treaty Rights (section 35 Canadian Constitution), as well as recognizing and upholding Indigenous laws, values, customs and traditions and working in true partnership and collaboration with Indigenous peoples is essential.
Those of us who are settlers in this province are living and working on the traditional territories of many nations and in what is now home to many diverse First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. We encourage you to, wherever you are holding your conversations, to acknowledge that fact, to learn more and commit to actions that further reconciliation.