Accelerating Climate Action in Kingston

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Accelerating climate action in Kingston!

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has." - Margaret Mead.

Citizens cannot rely on government alone to solve critically challenging issues. That’s why we’ve formed the Kingston Climate Hub: to provide non-partisan information on climate change, to engage with our community to take control of climate change in our own backyards, and to monitor government and industry actions and outcomes.

Everything we do, we are paying for out of our own pockets and with our own time. We need your help today to help us:

- research Kingston's emissions sources and develop local actions to make REAL change
- developing educational materials about climate change and action (e.g. impacts of legislation, etc.)
- community outreach and surveys to develop a climate action declaration



We will provide updates throughout this fundraising campaign. If you’d like to stay informed of our progress in the long term, please visit our website to subscribe for updates.

Our vision

The Kingston Climate Hub’s vision is “Zero by 2050” in keeping with the 2018 report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change for the need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 45% by 2030 and to achieve carbon-neutrality or “net zero” by 2050.

Our mission

The Kingston Climate Hub brings together individuals, business and government by providing information and mobilizing the community to take action in support of Kingston’s goal to become Canada’s most sustainable city, meeting IPCC GHG emission targets.

Who we are

Emily Ferguson

Emily is a community organizer, researcher and writer, focusing on climate change. She graduated from McMaster University with a multi-disciplinary BA (Honours) in geography, environmental studies and political science. She is a Climate Reality Leader, having received training from former Vice President Al Gore. Recently, she provided regulatory support to the opposition of the Energy East pipeline, succeeding in its cancellation. Emily believes in the strength of communities coming together and the power of people uniting over a common cause.

Colleen Gareau

Colleen is an award-winning communication strategist, project leader and writer who is turning her 20 years of communication experience to tackling the issue of climate change. During her career, she has worked for or consulted with all levels of government, businesses and nonprofits as well as teaching communication courses at community colleges. Colleen has also been honoured by the City of Halifax for her volunteer work and in the N.S. Legislature for community leadership.
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Over the past 3 weeks, we've been busy promoting our climate action survey and have received an outstanding response.

If you haven't seen it yet, the survey is available at www.kingstonclimatehub.ca and is open until April 30th.

If you're on social media, please check us out and share some posts ...

Twitter - @KingstonClimate
Facebook - KingstonClimateHub
Instagram - KingstonClimateHub

Your support is greatly appreciated!

The encouragement from the community is what drives us to commit so much of our own time and money to this initiative.

Sincere thanks to everyone from both of us.
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Hello Supporters!

Since our last update, we have continued to make strides on climate action.

This past Tuesday, we launched a climate survey to get a better understanding of Kingstonians' beliefs about climate change and attitudes toward climate action. We hope to have a good response rate to guide our actions and to share with decision-makers.

If you haven't yet completed the survey, please do. It takes about 7 minutes. You can find it here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/52SYYTP.

Please also share it with your family, friends and colleagues.

The deadline is April 18 with a scheduled report release date on Earth Day.

Last week, we attended all three nights of council deliberations on their priorities for this term of council. We were successful in having GHG-reduction targets beyond City operations (i.e. for all of Kingston) added in.

If you haven't yet checked out our website, you will find lots of great information there including a calendar of local actions, and a breakdown of some of the City's strategies and our take on the included climate actions. You can also sign up for our e-newsletter to stay in-the-loop on climate news.

Thank you once again for your generous support.

Warm regards,

Colleen and Emily
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Update #1

Hello wonderful supporters!

Since launching on Feb. 9, we have had a whirlwind of activity. We've:
- launched our website that includes events from other climate groups in Kingston
- given 2 presentations at the recent Footprint conference and at Queen's
- promoted a city council survey and paid for ads to encourage Kingstonians to complete survey that to ensure that climate change becomes a top priority for this term of council.
- attended a council open house, speaking to most of the councillors and the mayor about the need for serious climate action.
- attended the council meeting following the open house when the councillors voted to participate in the Global Covenant of Mayors on Climate and Energy (GCoM). The resolution is worrisome as it does not set the groundwork for new, more aggressive targets for Kingston, so we then
- attended the first meeting of this council's Kingston Environmental Advisory Forum (the group of experts that reports to the municipal Environment, Transportation, Infrastructure and Planning Committee and provides advice to all committees) and asked questions about targets for the city's participation in the global group. The responses were vague but we got their attention.
- met with Sustainable Kingston to hear about its work and upcoming actions. We hope this will be a fruitful partnership. (As with any group that we connect with, we will work with them as long as they are taking serious action to -- at a minimum -- meet the UN's climate emissions targets. If they are not, we will continue our work and not be held back.)
- grown - and continue to grow - our social media account through organic outreach and paid ads

Coming up:
- On Tuesday, March 5, we will be a delegation at council to support a motion going forward to declare a climate emergency in Kingston. Our support will be contingent upon the declaration being followed quickly by aggressive targets and a plan of action. Please attend to show your support.
- We are supporting the Divest Queen's​ and QBACC - Queen's Backing Action on Climate Change​ Climate Strike on March 15. Please join in.
- We are requesting meetings with city councillors to share our agenda and build support.
- We have a very special announcement coming soon!

As you can imagine, all of this takes a lot of time and money. That's why we need your help. Please share our fundraising campaign with your family and friends. We will put every dollar to very good use.
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