Greenest City news

JUNE 2020


  • Learn how racial justice is linked to environmental justice 
  • Find out where new 'slow streets' are planned across the city
  • Get connected into climate emergency dialogues at UBC
  • Sign up for green events and local opportunities

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We want to begin by recognizing the important conversations taking place here, on the unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh peoples, and across the world in the past few weeks about the impacts of individual, structural, and systemic racism.
The City recently proclaimed May 29th as a “Day of Action Against Racism”. In doing so, the City recognized that racism in Vancouver is an ongoing issue and that we must learn from our mistakes and do better. Currently, there are a number of equity initiatives underway at the City to address the racism experienced by Indigenous, Black, Indigenous, and people of colour (BIPOC) in Vancouver, and this work continues.
While we work to tackle deeply embedded systemic racism within and throughout the City, we also know that climate change is more than an environmental issue; our colonial structures have created an unsustainable system with many negative consequences for BIPOC. Climate change action cannot be successful without addressing inequity and racial injustice.
Acknowledging that the climate crisis hits people affected by systemic vulnerabilities and inequity the hardest, our Climate Emergency Action Plan is receiving input from a Climate and Equity Working Group, and we’re learning from leading climate and equity practices around the world to address existing inequities and mitigate future ones. We have more work to do but we are committed to learning.
Here are some resources we are finding useful in exploring how racial and climate justice are linked:

 We all have a part to play in supporting anti-racism. Learn what you can; the BC Government and the Federal Government each have resources to get you started.

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This summer, you’ll be seeing more routes across the city to make it easier to get around while keeping your carbon footprint low.
Up to 50km of temporary ‘slow streets’ are planned on select existing greenways and local streets with 24 kms already installed. ‘Slow Streets’ limit and slow motor vehicle access to make it easier and safer to walk, cycle, and roll to your destination. They also support safe physical distancing as we recover from COVID-19.
Vancouver City Council recently approved a motion to create a proposal for reallocating 11% of existing road space (approximately 220km) across the city for more walking, cycling,rolling, and people-focused public spaces.
We’ll be asking the public for ideas and feedback on how to make adjustments and improvements at key locations.
Visit the City’s website to check out where slow streets are located and to learn more.
Learn more about the City’s response to COVID-19.

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UBC is hosting community dialogues to gather input from the campus and neighbouring community in response to the declaration on a climate emergency.
From May 21 to June 30, a series of community dialogues will be facilitated online to shape its Climate Emergency Engagement. These virtual events, hosted on Zoom, provide students, faculty, staff and communities across both campuses a chance to learn, engage and discuss bold actions around the climate crisis. UBC is seeking to include a diversity of people and perspectives to help shape the university’s response to the climate emergency.
If you’re a student, faculty, staff, or otherwise a member of the UBC campus community, find out how you can be involved in UBC’s climate emergency work – see the full list of dialogues and register today. To learn more, visit UBC’s climate emergency webpage.
Want an update on the City of Vancouver’s Climate Emergency Action Plan? We concluded public engagement on May 24, and we are busy analyzing the input we received. Stay tuned in the coming months for updates on what we heard and how the input is being incorporated to shape our plan. Thanks again for your participation and feedback.  

Local green opportunities

The Pandemic & Climate Change
June 17
Join SFU Public Square for a conversation discussing how the COVID-19 response is a lesson for the climate crisis.
Just Recovery Teach-In
June 18
Join 350Vancouver for a webinar on choosing a path to recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic that builds a more just, equitable, and resilient society going forward.
Learning to Identify Mushrooms
June 18
In this webinar with fungus enthusiast Willoughby Arevalo, you will learn the principles of mushroom identification based on features visible to the naked eye.
Paddles Up! For Anti-Racism
June 20
Join canoers, kayakers, paddle boarders, and other water sport enthusiasts in a (socially-distanced) solidarity paddle against racism.
Vanier Park
West End Car Free Night
June 20
Due to COVID-19, we'll be presenting this year's festivities online, featuring performers and live musicians busking for you in the comfort of your own home!
Backyard Pollinators
June 23
Join herbalist and educator Lori Snyder for a program about local plants and their pollinators.
Virtual Speaker Panel: Sustainable Fashion
June 25
Join CEP for a virtual discussion and networking event focused on sustainable fashion.
Common Tree Diseases & Insect Pests
June 25
Join University of British Columbia researcher, Andy Gougherty, in this webinar to learn about common tree pests and diseases in the Vancouver area.
Turning Braids to Baskets with Foraged Materials
June 27
Over this two hour webinar, Sharon Kallis, founder of EartHand Gleaners, will demonstrate how to graduate from a three-strand braid to a wider, multi-strand flat braid.
All About Eagles
July 2
Join us for a webinar to learn more about this charismatic apex predator and find out the answers to all your eagle questions. 


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