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Climate concerns focus of upcoming KFPL workshops

Kingston Frontenac Public Library (KFPL) will be hosting interactive workshops this fall on the current climate emergency, and how we can focus our energy, as individuals and as a community, on addressing climate change.

Kingston became the first city in Ontario to declare a climate emergency, on March 5, 2019.  Although the pandemic has grabbed headlines in 2020, wildfires and flooding around the world remind us that the climate crisis hasn’t gone anywhere, KFPL said in a release dated Monday, Oct. 5, 2020.

This fall, Jeremy Milloy, of the Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation office of the Sisters of Providence, is joining with Kingston Frontenac Public Library to offer two interactive online workshops for adults. 

The first, on Monday, Oct. 26, 2020, will focus on the participants. You will have the opportunity to share your perspective on the climate emergency: How does it affect your own life, and the lives of your family and friends? What about your neighbourhood, and the land, air and water around you?  

The second workshop will be held Thursday, Nov. 12, 2020, and will focus on what we can do. KFPL says this session will look at Kingston’s climate plan and will consider what other cities are doing. How can we contribute to the City’s plan and help address the climate crisis at home, at work, in our streets, and beyond? Can we produce a community of practice, uniting and supporting people who want to develop their capacity to act for the climate?

“Even though a traditional in-person workshop isn’t possible right now, we think these virtual workshops will allow people to participate who might have found it difficult to fit a traditional workshop into their schedule, as well as those living outside the City,” said Anne Hall, Librarian, Programming & Outreach at KFPL. “We hope this format will connect those who want to engage more deeply through email and an online discussion space.”

Climate Emergency Workshop 1: Share Your Voice will run from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 26, 2020.  Register online at calendar.kfpl.ca or by phone at (613) 549-8888.  A Zoom link and password will be shared with registrants by email the day before the presentation. 

The first workshop will be followed on Thursday, Nov. 12, 2020 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. by Climate Emergency Workshop 2: What Can We Do?  A separate link and password will be emailed out on November 11. 

Please note: if you wish to attend both workshops please be sure to register separately for each.

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