(This story is sponsored by the Green Technology Education Centre.)
The Vancouver-based environmental organization, Green Technology Education Centre (GTEC), recognizes the severity of the climate crisis. With so much uncertainty about the future, GTEC aims to provide education and support to the community about sustainable technologies.
On November 18, the GTEC Crisis and Hope Town Hall will begin at 7 p.m. at the Kitsilano Neighbourhood House (2305 W 7th Avenue).
The purpose of this free event is to transform the general public’s concern and sense of helplessness to empowerment, motivation, and action.
In 2018, the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released a report stating that the earth had only 12 years left to take action to avoid a complete climate disaster.
The impacts of climate change are already visible. Forest-fire seasons are longer, glaciers are melting, and extreme weather events are increasing in intensity and frequency.
On September 23, 16-year-old Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg called out world leaders for failing to prioritize the reduction of carbon emissions on a much larger scale. With the spike in media coverage, more people have grown concerned about the projected forecast of the next decade.
GTEC’s town hall will provide the public with the opportunity to express their thoughts and concerns, while brainstorming possible solutions as a community.
Convened by GTEC board chair Arden Henley and environmental activist Tom Hetherington, those attending the event can expect music, guest speakers, and thought-provoking conversation.
Previous events held by the organization have focused on electric vehicles, empowering marginalized youth, sustainable agriculture, zero-waste grocery shopping, and improving the local cycling network.
The Crisis and Hope Town Hall is part of the GTEC’s Neighbourhood Environmental Education program. It’s designed to promote sustainable urban living in Vancouver’s neighbourhoods through a combination of education and community development.
Along with facilitating events, GTEC provides academic resources on its website covering the social and environmental challenges that communities are facing.
To register for this event or other upcoming events, and for more information, visit www.gteccanada.ca or call 604-317-4128.