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Lloyd Helferty

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Wednesday November 28, 2018
6:30-9:30 pm
Friends Meeting House
60 Lowther Ave., Toronto


Lloyd Helferty, Executive Director
Resilient World Institute (RWI)
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Subject: Drawdown Land Use Summit: Speakers confirmed
Date: Mon, 26 Nov 2018 16:53:56 +0000
From: Unify Toronto Dialogues <>
To: Lloyd

If you've been meaning to register and haven't got around to it, here's your chance. Pass it on.😊
Drawdown Land Use Summit November 28
6:30-9:30 pm
Friends Meeting House
60 Lowther Ave

Discover how you can help gain ground on global warming by accelerating what is already working.

You are invited to join Unify Toronto for the sixth of seven Drawdown sector summits. Learn about land use sector solutions to global warming that are already in place and in action in Greater Toronto. Discover how you can help gain ground on global warming by accelerating what is already working.
By donation.
Also: Plant Exchange from 5.30pm to 6.30pm?
Bring a plant, get a plant.
Spider plants will be available by donation.

Click here to register
Project Drawdown has identified, researched and modeled hundreds of already existing solutions to global warming and has ranked the 100 most substantive solutions to address climate change, grouped into seven sectors. Put together, they reveal a path forward that can roll back global warming by 2050. 
Deforestation and degradation of forest ecosystems are responsible for about 1/8 of anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions today (IPCC, 2014). By 2050, solutions in these sectors could reduce CO2 emissions by 149.5 gigatons and save $1.20 trillion US dollars.
Land use solutions include:
  • Protection and restoration of high-carbon ecosystems including protecting forests, watersheds  and wetlands
  • Respecting and protecting the spirit of the treaties that grant Indigenous control of traditional territories as ruled by the Supreme Court of  Canada.
For directions, map and details, register here


  • R. Stacey Laforme, Elected Chief, Mississaugas of New Credit First Nation (MNCFN)- Born and raised on MNCFN, Chief Laforme has served his community for over fifteen years, being first elected to council in 1999. Chief Laforme is very active throughout MNCFN’s traditional territory which encompasses 3.9 million acres of Southern Ontario, not only as a Chief, but as a notable storyteller and poet. His dedication to the land, history, language and culture of the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation are helping to guide his First Nation towards a prosperous future. - Chief Laforme will do the Opening and Keynote on Indigenous world view and traditional land management; How Indigenous land sovereignty is essential for reversing global warming. 
  • Ryan Ness,  Corporate Strategy Lead, Toronto Region Conservation Authority and Humber River watershed specialist -- in interview with Kevin Best.  Ryan will provide an overview of the existing system of watershed governance in Southern Ontario and its limitations for engaging communities in meaningful social-ecological learning.  He and Kevin will discuss opportunities to draw on indigenous teachings to reinvent the governance of urban watersheds and bring about the transformation of worldviews of the relationship between self, community and land that is required to successfully address climate change.  Kevin represents Giiwayanjigaywin, an initiative to restore the role of Anishinaabek women in the protection and stewardship of water.
  • Andrew Knox, Andrew Knox is the President of Transition Toronto, the Toronto chapter of the global Transition Towns movement.  Andrew holds a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering and is a full-time industrial energy efficiency consultant and part-time lecturer in Energy Policy at the University of Toronto.  Andrew co-founded Transition Toronto in 2009 and sees Transition Towns as an essential social force in the mitigation of climate change. 
    Andrew will discuss Transition Toronto's TreeMobile project, a project which reforests the urban landscape with food-bearing trees and shrubs.
  • Leila Mireskandari, is a Certified Permaculture Designer who holds a Master's degree in Environmental Studies from York University. She is the founder of Kids' Growing City and Urban Guilds Permaculture, with the goal of transforming our school grounds and suburban yards into food forest oases. Leila is an educator holding Environmental/Sustainability Education diploma and a business woman, holding Business and the Environment diploma from Schulich School of Business. Leila believes in the power of socially conscious entrepreneurship to transform the world into a better place for all.
  • Sean Thomas, professor at the University of Toronto's Faculty of Forestry -Dr. Thomas' research focuses on the functional ecology and ecophysiology of trees, forest community ecology, and their links to ecosystem processes, in particular the dynamics of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases. Current projects specifically address the "dark side” of forest ecology – namely the study of charcoal as a soil amendment (“biochar”) and of natural chars: their properties, distribution, and impacts on soil organisms, processes, and forest productivity. he will spek on "Forest restoration solutions for greenhouse gas drawdown".  
The program will be live-streamed for those who can't make it in person! To access it, you need to have an Instagram account and follow "Sustainable.to". Link: https://www.instagram.com/sustainable.to/. The live stream will show up on your instagram feed once it has begun.

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