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Disrupted: How COVID-19 Will Shape Climate Action

Climate justice groups have been fighting for years against the inequities that the COVID-19 pandemic has exposed—from the overdose crisis, to the shuttering of small businesses, to housing challenges.

Simultaneously, we’re seeing government intervention and community organizing rapidly laying out a new blueprint for our collective futures: reduced car and air traffic, making communities more pedestrian and bike-friendly, food systems shifting to prioritize local producers and crops, and more trust between citizens and all levels of government. Does our response to COVID-19 represent an opportunity to make systemic change?

We know that we’ll never go back to the way things were. The question is: where are we going, and will we finally turn the dial on climate change on our way?

This online conversation will include guests from the worlds of municipal politics, green infrastructure, community energy, and climate justice. They’ll each identify the greatest COVID-19 disruption in their systems and communities and how it might relate to climate action moving forward.

Guiding questions:

  • What major systemic disruption are you seeing right now, and how could that inform our climate action going forward?
  • How has COVID-19 changed the pace of the climate action you were working on—what has been fast-tracked, and what’s slowed down?
  • What COVID-19 action inspires you most in relation to building a climate just future?
  • Which COVID-19 disruption do you hope lasts forever? Why is this important for climate action?

Guest speakers:

DID YOU MISS IT?

During the event participants collaborated to create a list of ideas they wanted to see put into practice to equitably address climate change. We captured these calls to action from the group in a graphic. Read more on our blog: What climate action do we want to see?

When

Thursday, May 07, 2020

12:00 - 1:15 PM

Where

Zoom
A link and password to join the event will be sent to registrants via Eventbrite.

ACCESSIBILITY, TECHNOLOGY AND PRIVACY

Registration and Password

A password to access this webinar will be sent to all registrants via email in the days and hours preceeding the event.

Technology requirements

This workshop will be presented in a participatory webinar format. To engage fully you will need:

  • A laptop, computer, or smartphone
  • A webcam
  • A microphone
  • Speakers or headphones

Protecting your privacy

To ensure that we are using online meeting technology in a privacy-conscious way, we are following best practices for this online event series:

  • We will only circulate the meeting link to those who are registered for the event
  • We will password protect the meeting
  • We will enable end-to-end encryption
  • We will not use attention tracking
  • We will lock the meeting at 12:10pm
  • We will ask that participants use their first and last name as their display name on the webinar, so we can check incoming participants against the event registration list

To protect your own privacy we suggest that:

  • You use a unique email address to log into the webinar. This is so that the webinar platform can’t cross-reference your profile with the rest of your digital profiles under your email address.
  • We suggest you do not use your Facebook profile to log into the webinar. This is so that the webinar platform can’t cross-reference you with your Facebook account.
  • We remind you that whatever you say in the webinar is public and recorded, so please do not share sensitive information about yourself or others, and do not say anything you do not wish to enter the public domain.

To protect the privacy of others we ask that:

  • You do not record or photograph yourself, other participants, or the hosts during the webinar, unless permission is requested and given.

We also ask that you respect our community guidelines:

  • Be as present as possible (turn video on, put away phone, close/mute tabs).
  • Thoughtful questions are welcome in the chat throughout the session. If your question is for a particular speaker, type “@name” at the beginning.
  • Don’t assume pronouns/gender/knowledge based on someone’s name or video image. We can refer to people using the usernames they provide!
  • Step up, step back: if you’ve asked a question or shared a comment, ensure that new voices are heard before you contribute again.
  • Practice self-care: if you need to get up or take a break, please feel free.

If you have any questions, concerns, or comments regarding this event’s accessibility or privacy, feel free to connect with us at psqevent@sfu.ca.

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