Green in the City is an annual event series organized by the City of London, London Public Library, and London Environmental Network. The series aims to explore sustainability topics through a local lens by highlighting leaders in various sectors, including grassroots groups, institutions, nonprofits, government, and businesses. Learn about these local examples and how to get involved to make London one of the greenest, most resilient cities in Canada!
This year's Green in the City series has officially wrapped up! You can still get involved by watching the event recordings below. Make sure you're signed up for our e-newsletter to stay up to date on all upcoming events.
Who’s Growing Urban Agriculture? | Tuesday October 19th, 2021
In 2017, the City of London, Evergreen, and the Urban Agriculture Steering Committee collaborated on an Urban Agriculture Strategy to develop a community-driven and municipality-supported plan to increase effective urban agriculture activities in the city. In this Green in the City session, we will learn about some amazing examples of local programs and projects that are contributing to urban agriculture, food security, and food sovereignty in London. Each of our speakers will share their story as well as ways that you can support them and get involved! Watch the recording here.
How Can I Be a More Sustainable Consumer? | Tuesday October 26th, 2021
With climate change affecting livelihoods around the world, it has never been more important to shift our consumption patterns to reduce our carbon emissions. Many people have adopted the “think global, act local” strategy to make choices that support local economic development, social well-being, and the health of the planet instead of economic practices that are extractive for the planet and its people. So what does this look like exactly? It can look like borrowing household items with your neighbours, shopping at local businesses and markets instead of large international corporations, repairing the things you have to make them last longer, and more! Watch the recording here.
What is a Circular Economy in Action? | Tuesday November 2nd, 2021
A circular economy is a production system where resources are used intentionally. They are reused, repurposed, and recycled rather than thrown away after use - creating a closed loop with no waste and can even give back to the land it came from. It sounds like a lofty and dreamy goal, doesn’t it? Well, you might be surprised to learn that several examples of a circular economy are right here in London! Watch the recording here.
Who's Practicing Water Stewardship | Tuesday November 9th, 2021
Freshwater is essential for life on this planet. Yet freshwater is a finite resource, and one that is depleting around the world due to climate change, pollution, and development. In Southwestern Ontario, many of us benefit from access to the world’s largest source of freshwater, the Great Lakes. However, freshwater access is not equal across Canada and there are currently over 70 drinking water advisories affecting First Nations communities, according to the Government of Canada. If we care about just and equal access to freshwater resources, currently and in the future, we must manage freshwater usage and protect freshwater bodies. This session we will hear about who is demonstrating water stewardship across London! Watch the recording here.
Why Do We Need Sustainable Building Retrofits? | Tuesday November 16th, 2021
Did you know that residential and commercial buildings contribute to a combined 1,000,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions per year in London? In order to meet climate action targets of net-zero emissions by 2050, buildings across London need to be retrofitted to improve energy efficiency, switch to renewable energy, and decrease overall energy demand. The good news is that there are several local examples of sustainable buildings and retrofits that are leading the way for a greener future! Hear more about them at this session! Watch the recording here.
How Can I Support Climate Resilience? | Tuesday November 23rd, 2021
Climate resilience is defined as the ability to anticipate, prepare for, and respond to hazardous events, trends, or disturbances related to climate. With climate change happening now, it has never been more important to understand its global and local impacts. In the series finale, we will learn about science-policy interactions and examples of climate change impacts and resilience across Canada and several First Nations communities. We will also learn how we can support climate resilience locally by getting involved with the City of London’s Climate Emergency Action Plan. Watch the recording here.
"This is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate and support local initiatives already taking place in London," says Skylar Franke, Executive Director of the London Environmental Network. "There are over 43 environmental organizations in London with activities happening every week. This series of free presentations, discussion and workshops highlights the important issues being tackled in London and ideally inspire individuals to support - in some way - these critical efforts."