Starting with Community: Talking about Climate in Hillhurst-Sunnyside

The Calgary Climate Hub’s first community climate conversation, in a series to be launched across Calgary.

By Colleen Smith, photos by Suzanne Chew

Calgarians are on the move to make sure that when it comes to climate change, all changes made are going to be for the better.

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Even though the city was plunged in a deep freeze on the evening of Tuesday, February 5th, over 150 people braved the cold to gather together with the Calgary Climate Hub to “Talk About the Climate Crisis”, where citizens could address the challenges of climate advocacy and change in the intimacy of a warm and friendly space.

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The hall of the Hillhurst Sunnyside Community Association was packed to the rafters.  Every seat was filled, every aisle crammed with avid listeners: concerned folk of all ages and all walks of life who came to hear what the experts had to say.

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Showing up for our City’s Climate Resiliency Plan

On Wednesday, 13th June, the City of Calgary Utilities and Corporate Services committee of Council, which includes several council members, unanimously voted in the Climate Resilience Strategy for the city! Only because we were there, this climate plan was approved with a special amendment put in to ensure that going forwards, this plan would be implemented in consultation with the community, when previously it had only called on working with industry.  

We were there – our growing group of doctors, law students, entrepreneurs, community builders, kids, social workers, solar installers, graduate researchers, teachers, designers, pharmacists and more. We’re tired mums with kids, worried grandparents, quiet dads, aunts, uncles, sisters and brothers. We sported wispy silver hair tied back with clips, brunette locks, frazzled blonde curls, dark, slick crop cuts, bald pates, and buzz cuts. There was laughter, nervousness, determination and a definable sense of getting-things-done.

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