ST. AIDAN'S ECO-SPIRITUALITY COMMITTEE

In response to the global climate crisis we are doing our part through study, spiritual development and action.

Toronto Climate Action Network
St. Aidan’s is the first local parish church to join the Toronto Climate Action Network (TCAN). We invite you to visit www.tcan.ca to learn about how we are connecting with people and projects at climate action events across Toronto.
We are also the first Toronto parish church to participate in the ongoing carbon calculator project: www.projectneutral.org/toronto.
David Miller Talk
Wednesday May 19, 7:30-9:00 PM

Former Toronto mayor, past CEO of the World Wildlife Foundation and current Director of the C40 Cities Leadership Group, David Miller will discuss his book Solved and the role of cities and local communities in solving climate change. A Zoom event co-sponsored for the community by St Aidan's and Beach United Church.
The Zoom link to attend is here:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88178295533?pwd=UzFKTFdOd1dWVXh5eEhVTkpzeHdxZz09
Phone: 647-374-4685
Meeting ID: 881 7829 5533
Passcode: 353016

Join Us on Saturday September 25 for a walk in Tommy Thompson Park from 10-noon
See an example of co-creation of a natural habitat for over 300 species of birds, mammals and reptiles

Visiting Tommy Thompson Park is an opportunity for St. Aidan’s community and friends to explore a 250-hectare urban wilderness jutting into Lake Ontario at the south of the city. As an outdoor activity it provides the opportunity for covid-safe distancing and air circulation as well as exercise and community.

THE PLAN
We plan to walk into the park from the parking lot following foot trails, separated from the road by trees and shrubs. The pace will be leisurely. If people wish to cycle, the roads are virtually vehicle-free, save for park vehicles. 

HOW TO GET THERE

Tommy Thompson Park, 1 Leslie Street, Toronto

  • By Car: The park entrance is located at Leslie Street and Unwin Avenue. There is a free parking lot at the Tommy Thompson Park entrance. Street parking is also available on Leslie Street and Unwin Avenue.
  • By TTC: Tommy Thompson Park is a 5 minute walk from the Commissioner’s Street bus stop at Commissioner’s and Leslie. This stop is serviced by the 83 Jones Southbound bus. Route 83 runs between Donlands Station on Subway Line 2 and Commissioner’s Street.  Connections with Streetcar routes 501, 502, 503 and 506, and bus routes 56 and 31B along the scheduled route.
  • By foot/bike: The Martin Goodman Trail/Waterfront Trail passes Tommy Thompson Park between Woodbine Beach and Cherry Beach. This is a multi-use trail. NOTE: A portion of this trail is directly on Unwin Avenue and currently not well marked.  
  • Car Pooling will be available. Contact Michael Van Dusen at mjpvandusen@gmail.com or at 416-570-0203 if you can offer rides or if you need rides.

Schedule
10:00 AM Meet in the parking lot, at the Entrance for a briefing
10:15 Depart on foot or on bicycle (There are roughly 25km of roads and trails throughout the park)
12:00 PM Reconvene in the parking lot (or confirm that you have either left or plan to stay longer.)

What to bring.   Friends 
•    Proper walking shoes or bicycles
•    Weather-appropriate clothing
•    Cameras
•    Water/beverages
•    Snacks

Washrooms
•    There are 3 accessible portable toilets in the park (at the Parking Lot, Staff Booth and at Peninsula C). A portable toilet is located at the Peninsula D lookout. Some port-a-potties have only sanitizer but no running water.

For more information contact: Michael Van Dusen at mjpvandusen@gmail.com or 416-570-0203

LENTEN ECO-EDUCATION
MEETING GOD IN CREATION: A LENTEN JOURNEY OF LOVE

On the Thursday evenings through Lent starting February 18th join us to learn, pray and take action to heal our relationship with the earth.

Click here for more details

What’s to be done about climate change?

A great book on the subject is Mark Jaccard’s The Citizen’s Guide to Climate Success. Jaccard gave a lecture recently that some of us sat in on via Zoom. Slides from the lecture can be found throughout February at this link: Slides from January 26th, 2021.

Experts and non-experts offer competing claims on what should be done by governments and others in the face of the climate change crisis. Most of us non-experts are left somewhat confused in the process. Jaccard, an experienced policy maker and professor at Simon Fraser University in B.C., sets out a persuasive and perhaps unsurprising set of criteria by which the rest of us can judge and can frame our actions.

His core recommendations:

1.       To reduce carbon emissions to zero, the key is phasing out coal and gasoline usage as quickly as possible, especially in the critical sectors of electricity and transportation. This should be the laser-like public policy focus.

2.       Compulsory government regulation is required. Voluntary targets don’t work. Detailed implementation can be flexible, left to the sectors to work out within the mandatory targets and deadlines set by governments.

3.       Learn about how politics work and how governments can be persuaded to change or be changed.

Watch Mark Jaccard’s Lecture below!
Older Initiatives

 

  • Carbon Footprint Calculator
    Learn where and how you contribute to the carbon emissions that are causing global climate change, by using this tool: app.projectneutral.org/toronto