Change in our Backyard: A Multi-faith Symposium on Extreme Weather Resilience

Thursday, October 1, 2015 - 8:45am to 3:00pm

Scarborough Civic Centre, 150 Borough Drive, Toronto ON M1P 4N7 (McCowan Road and Ellesmere Road)

Purpose:  A symposium to support faith-based preparation for extreme weather emergencies in the GTA by promoting a deeper understanding of:

Expected GTA extreme weather impacts and our shared vulnerability

Importance of faith based action to enhancing community based-resilience to extreme weather impacts

Local community resources to prepare faith communities to better respond to extreme weather emergencies

Organizing Partners:  Faith & the Common Good, Intercultural Dialogue Institute GTA, Toronto Area Interfaith Council, Green Awakening Network

Draft Agenda:

8:50 - 9:00 Welcome 

9:00 - 9:30 Opening Remarks:  The Hon. Glen Murray MPP Minister of the Environment and Climate Change

9:30 – 10:00:  A Shared Moral Calling: Rev. Dr. David Hallman, Former Climate Change Coordinator, World Council of Churches

10:00–10:30  Toronto’s Multi-faith Responses to Extreme Weather Emergencies, David MacLeod, City of Toronto, Office of Energy and Environment and Donna Lang, Faith & the Common Good

10:30 - 11:15 Break & Q&A

11:15 – 12:15 Concurrent Workshops

Who is vulnerable to extreme weather & how faith communities can help?  Jill McDowell, Toronto Public Health

Preparing our faith communities to respond to extreme weather emergencies Boris Rosolak, Toronto Office of Emergency Management

12:15–1:15 Lunch Break

1:15 -2:15 Youth Panel: Why Does Faith-based Climate Action Matter?  Moderator: Danny Richmond, Inspirit Foundation with Muaz Nasir of Khaleafa, Sabina Malach, of Shoresh, and 

2:15-2:45 Summation & Next Steps: Lucy Cummings (FCG) and Ron Ewart (GAN)

2:45 -3:00: Closing: Azim Shamshiev (IDI)