For the first time in history, nature-based climate solutions are a core component of Canada's commitment to fight climate change, and it is not surprising. In fact, nature-based climate solutions can contribute significant greenhouse gas reductions needed to meet Canada’s climate goals. For these reasons, it is crucial that every jurisdiction in Canada have a climate change action plan that includes nature-based climate solutions. This ensures that climate plans are taking advantage of their surrounding natural areas to mitigate and adapt to climate change while also benefiting biodiversity.
In this webinar, participants will learn about ways nature-based climate solutions can be incorporated into climate plans, and how to advocate for their inclusion. We will discuss how local groups can get involved in the implementation of nature-based climate solutions in their communities. In addition, we will create a space to provide feedback on these ideas, and discuss the opportunities and challenges to advancing nature-based climate solutions in their local communities.
Nature Canada’s page on Nature-Based Climate Solutions
*A recording of the webinar and the presentation slides will be provided to registrants following the presentation.
Michael Polanyi, Policy & Campaign Manager - Nature-based Climate Solutions
Michael is an experienced campaigner with a background in policy research, advocacy and community organizing. Most recently, he coordinated climate engagement and advocacy work at the Toronto Environmental Alliance. Prior to that he was a social and environmental policy researcher at Queen’s Park, national anti-poverty program coordinator at KAIROS, and a community engagement worker with the Children’s Aid Society of Toronto. Michael received a doctorate in Environmental Studies from York University in 2000.
Teagan Yaremchuk - Nature Network Organizer, Nature-based Climate Solutions
Teagan was born and raised in a small town outside of Ottawa on the traditional, unceded territory of the Algonquin Anishinaabeg. She grew up learning to respect and love surrounding natural areas, and this lead her to pursue a degree in Environmental Studies at Carleton University.Since graduation, she has been working in the environmental non-profit sector focused on creating change from the ground up. On days away from the office, you will find her enjoying outdoor activities and trying to get outside no matter the weather.
Graham Saul, Executive Director, Nature Canada
Graham Saul is the Executive Director of Nature Canada. He previously served in the same role at Ecology Ottawa and Climate Action Network Canada. He has more than 30 years of experience working on social and environmental justice issues in Canada and abroad. His background includes five years with Oxfam International in Maputo, Mozambique, and five years in Washington, D.C., with the Bank Information Centre — an environmental watchdog and information clearinghouse that monitors the World Bank and other multilateral development banks.