This year’s Climate Action Cohort kicked off in early May in a cozy secluded cabin just north of the nation’s capital. It’s difficult to put into words the amount of energy and drive that was present by everyone in this space, and I’m really grateful I took a few photos of the Spring Retreat. The activities and topics of discussion related back to our own reflections and perspectives on what climate action means and looks like to us.
This year, an IPCC report stated that we have 12 years to cut our greenhouse gases emissions in half so that we don’t exceed our 1.5oC temperature increase mark. I felt a sense of urgency as this report was shared throughout mainstream and social media.
But what are the solutions? I believe that there is a lot of work being done to address the complexities of this question. I was proud to hear each of the CAC members unapologetically shared their own ideas of climate action and climate justice. There’s definitely one take away message that I got: climate action does not necessarily need to be driven by fear tactics, can be youth driven, and can be empowering.
I feel grateful for the opportunity to have gotten to know such an amazing group of individuals from across Canada through CAC and I am looking forward to continuing our work together!