WHAT WE DO
International accords - though essential - have proved insufficient to achieve reduction targets. Citizens, businesses, and civil society actors must step up to support a just transition.
Launched in 2017, the Community Climate Hubs program, therefore, focuses at the local level, where risks of a changing climate (floods, heat-waves, etc.) and rewards of reducing pollution (air quality, cost savings, etc.) are most tangible. We support citizen-led, grassroots organizing at the local level, in the form of Community Climate Hubs, pushing folks to raise the climate ambition in their municipalities across the country.
The Community Climate Hubs program delivers the support and structure to grassroots groups that may not be as easily available to them, notably due to capacity reasons. The Climate Reality Project Canada provides invaluable administrative support and the creation of quality resources so that people with boots on the ground can focus on what’s important: pushing the climate movement forward with their campaigns.
By connecting and supporting 20-30 Hubs across the country, the program offers a unique bird’s-eye-view knowledge of what is happening locally across the country, everywhere from small towns to major cities. This knowledge is used and shared across the network, allowing connections to be made between people and Hubs doing similar work as one another, connecting experts in areas on which Hubs are working, and having fast access to the latest resources and organizational prowess.
The Community Climate Hubs follow a decentralized model, recognizing that successful approaches will vary based on local regions and community contexts. Hubs are encouraged to follow common main goals such as:
- Help unify voices around a shared vision for decarbonization and advance their communities along the milestone process set out by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities.
- Obtain municipal commitments to net zero emissions by 2050 or sooner and ensure communities are on track to reaching their target without leaving anyone behind.
- Ensure that their cities not only work to decarbonize, but do so in a way that champions building equitable, climate-resilient communities in the process.
- Connect and facilitate a local network of people and groups who are working towards building sustainable, liveable communities in order to help share resources, streamline efforts and cultivate the potential for collective action
Of the 3,608 local governments in Canada
<5% have set a GHG reduction target
<1% have signed the UN Compact of Mayors
<0.1% have committed to carbon neutrality by 2050
Municipalities are key in the fight against climate change
They have jurisdiction over transportation, waste management, building bylaws and land-use planning, and can act as laboratories to experiment before solutions are scaled to provincial and federal levels.
Over 1,200 local initiatives in nearly 600 municipalities, led by 30+ national and international organizations
What if these local climate initiatives coordinated their efforts to maximize imapcts?
You are not alone
With teams of support behind you, and a network made up of those who have successfully started their own Hubs, your Hub can learn to become a force of change in your community.
(Frequently Asked Questions)
How can I start a Hub?
Who can start a Hub?
How do I get connected to an existing Hub?
What if an existing organization in my community does similar work?
How are Hubs governed?
What resources are provided to Hubs?
Do Hubs communicate with each other?
Why the emphasis on public participation?
We have trouble getting members of our community on board with our Hub’s vision. What can we do?
What role can public consultations play?