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EXTERNAL ADVOCACY EVENTS

HOW TO: BE AN ALLY AS A CLIMATE ACTIVIST 

September 30th, 2020 | 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM EST VIA ZOOM

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Introducing UTEA’s monthly ‘How To’ series, these events aim to challenge the current format of traditional zoom webinars. The short and engaging format of these upcoming workshops emphasizes audience participation, and creates a space for both discussion and reflection of our individual roles within the environmental movement.

This month, we invite U of T alumni Ruvimbo Mutangadura to join us as we delve into the nature of allyship and the BIPOC experience within the climate justice movement. Focusing within the sphere of allyship the workshop is an opportunity to brainstorm and discuss our roles in expanding the reach and accessibility of the climate movement, and issues of climate justice and anti-racism within environmentalism. Join us next Wednesday for an organic and inward-looking conversation about how we can grow, both as allies and activists

HOW TO: NAVIGATE YOUR RIGHTS AS AN ENVIRONMENTAL ACTIVIST

October 29th, 2020 | 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM EST VIA ZOOM

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For the next instalment of the ‘How To’ advocacy workshop, UTEA presents ‘How to Navigate your Rights as an Environmental Activist’. We will explore how one can utilize their rights to engage in activism at a greater capacity on an institutional scale. This webinar will focus on a discussion of legal rights under Canadian and Ontario law, as well as the legal procedure behind police involvement during direct action.

In conversation with German climate activist Nelson Butterfield, who will be sharing his personal experience dealing with police involvement during direct action, we shall explore how to best navigate your rights as an individual. Join us on October 29th to learn the basics of your environmental rights, how others have effectively used theirs, and how to go about utilizing them as an advocate.

HOW TO: BE AN ETHICAL AND SUSTAINABLE CONSUMER 

December 3rd, 2020 | 6:00 - 8:00 PM EST VIA ZOOM

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For this month’s ‘How to” series, UTEA brings you a collaboration with the Hart House Farms Committee, where we will delve deeper into our relationship to food as consumers.

 

Together we will explore how we can leverage our position as student leaders to address food insecurity on campus with insight from critical studies of equity and solidarity student and Vice President of ESSU, Kyra Bingham and Computer Science and Indigenous Studies student and the founder of the UofT Emergency Foodbank, Adam El-Masri.

 

In our conversation, we will consider the various perspectives on issues of food security and ethical consumerism, and discuss the place that individual and collective action has in our daily lives and within our local communities.

HOW TO: NAVIGATE THE VIRTUAL LANDSCAPE FOR ACTIVISM

January 29th, 2021 | 6:00 - 7:00 PM EST VIA ZOOM

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This month’s “How to” series tackles activism and the virtual landscape. Together we will explore climate justice in the online world, delving into how social media and internet are utilized for activism, advocacy and action. More so than ever youth leaders from all over the world have turned to the internet to mobilize for social justice and climate action due to COVID restrictions.

 

In conversation with two youth activists, Kendall Mar and Megan X from the Fridays for Future Toronto chapter we will discuss how environmental organizations continue to be powerful champions for justice online.

The Zoom Meeting link will be uploaded on the day of the event, so be sure to check back on Friday! 

HOW TO: AVOID CLIMATE ALARMISM

March 25th, 2021 | 6:00 - 7:00 PM EST VIA ZOOM

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For the final ‘How To’ event of the semester, UTEA presents ‘How to Avoid Climate Alarmism’. In this workshop we will consider how the framing of the climate crisis influences levels of interest and engagement, and how to avoid fear mongering in the conversations we have. Alarmism presents problems both in terms of climate anxiety as well as alienating potential interested parties, and so this month we will be talking about how we talk about climate change.

 

Join Stephanie X and 2nd Speaker (TBD), along with UTEA’s External Advocacy team this month to explore issues of framing, fear and anxiety within the climate change movement. We will be examining both how climate alarmism can be harmful, as well as how both individuals and institutions can avoid it. We look forward to seeing you there!

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