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.


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.



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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See You In Court: The Rise of Climate Justice

As David slew Goliath, will our students, youth, grandmothers and farmers prevail against the giants of government and industry in the court of law?

As far back as 1977, Exxon scientist James Black stated that “the most likely manner in which mankind is influencing the global climate is through carbon dioxide release from the burning of fossil fuels”. In the decades since then, the fight to prevent catastrophic climate change has been led by students, farmers, teachers, parents, scientists, military generals, and more. Now, the lawyers are catching up.  Continue reading “See You In Court: The Rise of Climate Justice”

Thar she blows!

Gray Whales Sticker by Little Climate

Inspired to draw this gray whale sticker today! Did you know that gray whales have two blow holes, and when they spout, it comes out  shaped? Awww! (But if you’re down-wind, get ready for a faceful of salty snot. Less awww.)

If you’d like to read more about how much global warming is going to hit our cetaceans, check out this report by WWF on Whales in Hot Water.

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Carbon per Capita: 5 Facts You Need to Know (Infographic)

Climate change is such a broad and complex issue – many of us struggle to connect the dots to what we do on a daily basis. But, there’s a simple number that gets us to a good start – our carbon dioxide emissions per person (or carbon per capita).

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From Climate Cartoons to Catharsis: How a Little Goes a Long Way

Did you know that you can ditch the shampoo, and have perfectly great hair without the chemicals (and the disposable plastic bottles)? Did you know that propping your feet up on a simple stool while you poo saves you the pain of piles (and loo roll) along the way? More seriously, did you also know that these little things go a long way in shaping now we feel about this planet we live on?  Continue reading “From Climate Cartoons to Catharsis: How a Little Goes a Long Way”