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Beyond green: The secret to creating climate allies

The key to turning racialized and marginalized Canadians into climate warriors lies in a strong social safety net

Growing up in Toronto and coming from a family that grew up on very small islands where you’re connected to the natural world, caring about the environment was something that was just a part of my life. But it was a hum, not a roar. My aha moment was in Spain, as the co-founder of an innovation hub that helped to launch a large-scale climate infrastructure project. When you sit in the room with experts and you hear them lay out, in frank language, how little time we have and what the consequences of inaction will be – it really opened my eyes. I understand that this is an existential crisis. I understand that we don’t have much time left. Once you really stare it in the face, you can’t look away.

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