The Green Resilience Project is organizing a series of conversations with communities across Canada on the links between climate change, income security and community resilience.
Climate change and income insecurity are two of the most urgent challenges facing Canada today. The Green Resilience Project aims to explore how policies in these areas can support each other to offset public fear and uncertainty, and provide communities with the time, energy and resources they need to build resilience at the local level.
“It’s a lot harder for any of us to pay attention to the climate emergency, or get excited about climate solutions, when we’re scrambling to put food on the table. And Canadians are seeing firsthand how local climate disasters like wildfires, flooding and drought damage lives and livelihoods. We want to hear from communities how we can address both problems by addressing them together,” said Mitchell Beer, publisher of The Energy Mix and member of the Green Resilience Project steering committee.
The Project will partner with community-led organizations across Canada to facilitate 25 to 35 virtual conversations that:
- Identify and document the links between community resilience, income security and responses to climate change.
- Get community perspectives on the ways in which a well-designed income security policy can build community resilience and encourage local action on all the aspects of the climate crisis.
- Build conversation and understanding across the climate and energy, income security and labour communities, and with those who are too often left out of policy discussions and decisions.
- Serve as a starting point for local advocacy, collaboration and next steps.
The Green Resilience Project is scheduled to be completed by April 2022. Findings will be shared online at greenresilience.ca and presented in a final report which will be made available to the public.