Climate Justice Radio

Climate Justice Toronto

Climate Justice Radio is a podcast produced by Climate Justice Toronto (CJTO), a grassroots group of young people across the Greater Toronto Area committed to building a powerful, irresistible movement to stop the climate crisis by confronting its root causes: Capitalism, Colonialism, and White supremacy. This podcast will cover a wide range of issues connected to Climate Justice, everything from how to get involved, to climate anxiety and solidarities across movements. Our goal is to engage Climate Justice Radio listeners in the co-creation of the climate justice movement that is playful, accessible and intersectional. We’ll be highlighting local stories of organizing, art making and community building.

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Divestment Generation Mini Series - Episode 1
1w ago
Divestment Generation Mini Series - Episode 1
This is Episode 1 of the  “Divestment Generation” mini series, a five episode series exploring the 9 year campaign to win fossil fuel divestment at the University of Toronto! In Episode 1, creators and co-hosts Amanda Harvey-Sánchez and Julia DaSilva speak with “First Gen” divestment organizers - those who were active during the campaign from its inception in 2012 until 2014, around the time of the People’s Climate March in New York City. Our “First Gen” guests are Stuart Basden, Monica Resendes, and Milan Ilnyckyj. In our song segment, CJTO member Rebecca and participants from CJTO’s September 2022 Orientation lead you in the first two verses of a special adaptation of the movement song  “Which Side Are You On?”, originally by Pete Seeger. Stay tuned for further episodes in the “Divestment Generation” mini series to learn the rest of the song! This mini series emerges from Amanda’s doctoral research with CJTO, a two-year ethnographic community-based participatory research project tentatively entitled “Actualizing Everything: Affective Activism, Effective Politics, and the Future of Climate Justice Organizing in Canada”. Cite as: Harvey-Sánchez, A. & DaSilva, J. (2022). “Divestment Generation Mini Series, First Generation (Ep.1)”. Climate Justice Toronto. EPISODE RESOURCESUofT Fossil Fuel Divestment Timeline Divestment and Beyond, Briarpatch Magazine Article (by Amanda Harvey-Sánchez & Sydney Lang) Discovering University Worlds The End of Protest (by Micah White)Saving Us (by Katharine Hayhoe)SONGAdaptation of “Which Side Are You On?” by Pete Seeger LYRICSWhich side are you on now?Which side are you on? (x 2)Storms Surge and fires burnbut you don’t hear the call‘Cause developers keep paying youdoes it weigh on you at all?SOCIAL MEDIA & CONTACT INFO Amanda Harvey-Sánchez: Twitter, Instagram, emailJulia DaSilva: julia.dasilva713@gmail.comClimate Justice Toronto (CJTO): Instagram, Twitter CJUofT (formerly LeapUofT): Facebook, Twitter, Instagram 2185 Art Collective: InstagramCREDITSEditing: Amanda Harvey-Sánchez and Stefan Hegerat Original Music: Stefan HegeratHosts: Amanda Harvey-Sánchez and Julia DaSilvaGuest: Stuart Basden, Monica Resendes, and Milan IlnyckyjSingalong: Rebecca and participants at CJTO’s September 2022 Orientation Producer: Climate Justice Toronto
Divestment Generation Mini Series - Episode 1
1w ago
Divestment Generation Mini Series - Episode 1
This is Episode 1 of the  “Divestment Generation” mini series, a five episode series exploring the 9 year campaign to win fossil fuel divestment at the University of Toronto! In Episode 1, creators and co-hosts Amanda Harvey-Sánchez and Julia DaSilva speak with “First Gen” divestment organizers - those who were active during the campaign from its inception in 2012 until 2014, around the time of the People’s Climate March in New York City. Our “First Gen” guests are Stuart Basden, Monica Resendes, and Milan Ilnyckyj. In our song segment, CJTO member Rebecca and participants from CJTO’s September 2022 Orientation lead you in the first two verses of a special adaptation of the movement song  “Which Side Are You On?”, originally by Pete Seeger. Stay tuned for further episodes in the “Divestment Generation” mini series to learn the rest of the song! This mini series emerges from Amanda’s doctoral research with CJTO, a two-year ethnographic community-based participatory research project tentatively entitled “Actualizing Everything: Affective Activism, Effective Politics, and the Future of Climate Justice Organizing in Canada”. Cite as: Harvey-Sánchez, A. & DaSilva, J. (2022). “Divestment Generation Mini Series, First Generation (Ep.1)”. Climate Justice Toronto. EPISODE RESOURCESUofT Fossil Fuel Divestment Timeline Divestment and Beyond, Briarpatch Magazine Article (by Amanda Harvey-Sánchez & Sydney Lang) Discovering University Worlds The End of Protest (by Micah White)Saving Us (by Katharine Hayhoe)SONGAdaptation of “Which Side Are You On?” by Pete Seeger LYRICSWhich side are you on now?Which side are you on? (x 2)Storms Surge and fires burnbut you don’t hear the call‘Cause developers keep paying youdoes it weigh on you at all?SOCIAL MEDIA & CONTACT INFO Amanda Harvey-Sánchez: Twitter, Instagram, emailJulia DaSilva: julia.dasilva713@gmail.comClimate Justice Toronto (CJTO): Instagram, Twitter CJUofT (formerly LeapUofT): Facebook, Twitter, Instagram 2185 Art Collective: InstagramCREDITSEditing: Amanda Harvey-Sánchez and Stefan Hegerat Original Music: Stefan HegeratHosts: Amanda Harvey-Sánchez and Julia DaSilvaGuest: Stuart Basden, Monica Resendes, and Milan IlnyckyjSingalong: Rebecca and participants at CJTO’s September 2022 Orientation Producer: Climate Justice Toronto
Divestment Generation Mini Series - Intro
Nov 4 2022
Divestment Generation Mini Series - Intro
This episode is the Introduction to our “Divestment Generation” mini series, a five episode series exploring the 9 year campaign to win fossil fuel divestment at the University of Toronto! This  “Intro to the Series” is a conversation between the creators and co-hosts  of the Divestment Generation mini-series, Amanda Harvey-Sánchez and Julia DaSilva. Here, Amanda and Julia  introduce you to the scope and motivations of the “Divestment Generation” mini-series and some of the key actors and events that come up in later episodes. You may find it helpful to return to this Introduction as you listen to episodes 1-5 of the series, as well as the linked resources below! This episode was first aired on CJRU’s Radio Everywhere program, which works in “collaboration with community organizations to produce pieces that showcase the work they’re doing, and to provide a platform for them to tell their own stories”. You can find out more about CJRU here:  This mini-series emerges from Amanda’s doctoral research with CJTO, a two-year ethnographic community-based participatory research project tentatively entitled “Actualizing Everything: Affective Activism, Effective Politics, and the Future of Climate Justice Organizing in Canada”. Cite as: Harvey-Sánchez, A. & DaSilva, J. (2022). “Divestment Generation Mini Series, Intro to the Series”. Climate Justice Toronto. EPISODE RESOURCESLand Story ToolkitUofT Fossil Fuel Divestment Timeline Divestment and Beyond, Briarpatch Magazine Article (by Amanda Harvey-Sánchez & Sydney Lang) Climate101 (the 2016 civil disobedience action that brought Amanda and Julia together) Discovering University Worlds SOCIAL MEDIA & CONTACT INFO Amanda Harvey-Sánchez: Twitter, Instagram, emailJulia DaSilva: julia.dasilva713@gmail.comClimate Justice Toronto (CJTO): Instagram, Twitter CJUofT (formerly LeapUofT): Facebook, Twitter, Instagram 2185 Art Collective: InstagramCLIMATE JUSTICE TORONTO This podcast is brought to you by Climate Justice Toronto: a youth-led collective building an irresistible movement to confront the climate crisis by addressing its root causes: capitalism, colonialism, and white supremacy. Find us at climatejusticeto.comCREDITSEditing: Amanda Harvey-Sánchez and Stefan Hegerat Original Music: Stefan HegeratHosts: Amanda Harvey-Sánchez and Julia DaSilvaProducer: Climate Justice Toronto
Episode 5: Meet Chiara Padovani
Oct 13 2022
Episode 5: Meet Chiara Padovani
Chiara Padovani is a social worker, tenant organizer and human rights activist running to be the next city councilor in York South Weston, endorsed by Climate Justice Toronto. In this episode, we spoke to Chiara about the leap from grassroots organizing to electoral politics and her ongoing campaign. Chiara talked about her love for her community in York South Weston, the unique challenges it faces, and how she’s working to fight for climate justice on city council. This episode was first aired on CJRU’s Radio Everywhere program, which works in “collaboration with community organizations to produce pieces that showcase the work they’re doing, and to provide a platform for them to tell their own stories”. You can find out more about CJRU here:  EPISODE RESOURCESLand Story Toolkit: TCAN Land Acknowledgement Framework - Google Docs Find Chiara Padovani Chiara Padovani for York South-Weston, Chiara Padovani (@chipadovani) / Twitter, Chiara Padovani (@chipadovani) • Instagram photos and videosSONGAdaptation of “Anthem” by Leonard CohenAnthem - YouTubeLYRICSForget your perfect offering,Just ring the bell that still can ring,There is a crack, a crack in everything,That's how the light gets in,That's how the light gets in,That's how the light gets in,That's how the light gets in,Forget your perfect offering,Just ring the bell that still can ring,There is a crack, a crack in everything,That's how the light gets in,That's how the light gets in,That's how the light gets in,That's how the light gets in,CLIMATE JUSTICE TORONTO This podcast is brought to you by Climate Justice Toronto: a youth-led collective building an irresistible movement to confront the climate crisis by addressing its root causes: capitalism, colonialism, and white supremacy. Find us at climatejusticeto.com  CREDITSEditing: Stefan HegeratOriginal Music: Stefan HegeratInterviewee(s): Chiara PadovaniHost: Dani MichieSingalong: Dani Michie and Chiara PadovaniProducer: Climate Justice Toronto
Episode 4: Regenerative Architecture
Mar 15 2022
Episode 4: Regenerative Architecture
In this episode we will be speaking with Melissa Poon, an architectural designer on regenerative and circular design in architecture. We explore the ways in which the built environment and its occupants can operate in symbiosis with nature and how that can help in our vision of a more green future. Listen further for our “temp check” segment on relevant leftist news, and actions to take, hosted by CJTO members Chloe Lederman and Freyja Chapman. Finally, learn the movement song “Everything to Gain” originally sung by Allison Beyer, co-written with Devon Sproule from Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ). EPISODE RESOURCESLand Story Toolkit: TCAN Land Acknowledgement Framework - Google Docs Find Melissa Poon @mmelpoon TEMP CHECKGitsxan Land Defender Fundraiser. Visit: gofund.me/9899cff5Mutual Aid Request. Send e-transfers to: topsey84@outlook.com password: climatejusticeSONGSong called Everything to Gain, originally sung by Allison Beyer Co-written with Devon Sproule for Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ).  LYRICSWhen you're healed, I'm healedWhen you're whole, I'm wholeWhen you're safe, I'm safeWhen you're free, I'm freeWhen you can breathe, I can breatheWhen you win, I winWhen you're fed, I'm fedWe have everything to gainWhen you're healed, I'm healedWhen you're whole, I'm wholeWhen you're safe, I'm safeWhen you're free, I'm freeWhen you can breathe, I can breatheWhen you win, I winWhen you feel respect, I feel respectWe have everything to gainWhen you're healed, I'm healedWhen you're whole, I'm wholeWhen you're safe, I'm safeWhen you're free I'm freeWhen you can breathe, I can breatheWhen you win, I winWhen you're home, I'm homeWe have everything to gainCLIMATE JUSTICE TORONTO This podcast is brought to you by Climate Justice Toronto: a youth-led collective building an irresistible movement to confront the climate crisis by addressing its root causes: capitalism, colonialism, and white supremacy. Find us at climatejusticeto.com  CREDITSEditing: Katie Tsang and Stefan HegeratOriginal Music: Stefan HegeratInterviewee(s): Melissa PoonHost: Katie TsangTemp Check: Freyja Chapman and Chloe LedermanSingalong: Dani Michie and Rebecca NelsonProducer: Climate Justice Toronto
Episode 3 - COVID-19 and Schools
Jun 11 2021
Episode 3 - COVID-19 and Schools
How has COVID-19 affected educators’ teaching practices and students’ learning and wellbeing? In this episode, CJTO member Brook interviews educator Alexis Fawn and two students, Savi Gellatly-Ladd & Chloe Lederman on how their school experience has been affected by the pandemic, and what they would like to see in the transition back to school. Temp check segment by Brook & educator Anna Osterberg and sing-along to the movement song “May the Life I Lead” with Brook, Savi Gellatly-Ladd & Chloe Lederman. This episode was 1st aired on CJRU’s Radio Everywhere program, which works in “collaboration with community organizations to produce pieces that showcase the work they’re doing, and to provide a platform for them to tell their own stories”. More on CJRU here EPISODE RESOURCESLand Story ToolkitBrook’s land story visual Alexis’s interview on Vegan VanguardAlexis’s articles on teaching during COVIDSafe September COVID in the ClassroomPaulo Freire Pedagogy of the Oppressed Alexis: Alexisfawn.xo@gmail.com & @alexisfawnSavi: @yellowpeach.esChloe: @themamagrass and EP TEMP CHECKCensure: @censureutorontoCBC restricting reporters’ coverage of Palestine articleHuman Rights Watch Report on Palestine CJTO's instagram post in solidarity with PalestineSupport Palestinian Medical ReliefSupport Medical Aid for PalestinePeople’s Vaccine Alliance Letter to Trudeau Free the Vaccine CollectiveColombia Go Fund MeEncampment Support Network (ESN): Patreon, instagram @esn.to.4real and twitter @esn_toIfNotNow’s version of “May the Life I Lead” CLIMATE JUSTICE TORONTO This podcast is brought to you by Climate Justice Toronto: a youth-led collective building an irresistible movement to confront the climate crisis by addressing its root causes: capitalism, colonialism & white supremacy. Find us at climatejusticeto.com  CREDITSEditing: Brook & Stefan HegeratOriginal Music: Stefan HegeratInterviewees: Alexis Fawn, Savi Gellatly-Ladd & Chloe LedermanHost: BrookTemp Check: Brook & Anna OsterbergSingalong: Brook, Chloe Lederman & Savi Gellatly-LaddProducer: Climate Justice Toronto
Episode 2 - Making Space For Our Grief with Kristen Sison
May 17 2021
Episode 2 - Making Space For Our Grief with Kristen Sison
In this episode of Climate Justice Radio, host and CJTO member Bella Lyne interviews Kristen Sison, about her work as a death doula and explores the intersections of death cycles, grief and spirituality. Kristen Sison is a diasporic Filipinx Womxn community choreographer, storyteller, artist-healer, and book witch! She serves community by creating youth-led alternative educational spaces that re-imagine how we teach and talk about climate change and climate justice including Conscious Minds Camp, now Conscious Minds Co-operative, and most recently, a 3-month climate leadership program called Rooted and Rising. She is close to releasing a book called It’s Bigger Than All Of Us, an archive that reflects the process of claiming self-sovereignty within our bodies, and deepening our relationship with Spirit! She is also a founding member of Kapwa Collective, a collective and mutual support group of Filipinx-Canadian artists, critical thinkers, and healers based out of Tkaronto.This episode explores the ways in which death cycles can make space for individual and collective transformation and offers a reflective meditation on where our movements are heading. During a time where our movements and social events have moved mostly online, Kristen reminds us of the importance of listening to our bodies and practicing selfcare. The episode's Temp Check features Daniel Xie and Maitri Gupta. They discuss CJTO's restructuring, a climate alliance between the federal NDP and Green parties, Ontario paid sick days, Premier Ford's Bill 251, COVID-19 and the Farmer's strike in India, Palestinian Solidarity and the crisis in Colombia . Follow the links in the resource section to take action and find out more. Also included in Episode 2 is an opportunity to learn a movement song with Bella and Brook. Listen and feel free to sing along to More Waters Rising by Saro Lynch Thomason. This episode was first aired on CJRU’s Radio Everywhere program, which works in “collaboration with community organizations to produce pieces that showcase the work they’re doing, and to provide a platform for them to tell their own stories”. You can find out more about CJRU here:  KRISTEN SISON@bonesthrown on Instagram JUSTICE TORONTOclimatejusticeto.com@ClimateJusticeTO on InstagramClimate Justice Toronto on Facebook @CJusticeTO on TwitterTEMP CHECK@350canada @ontarionurses @ontarionursesforchange @decentworkandhealth @migrantmutualaid CREDITSInterviewee: Kristen SisonHost: Bella LyneEditing: Bella Lyne, Stefan Hegerat & Alexandra SimpsonOriginal Music: Stefan HegeratProducer: Climate Justice Toronto
Episode 1 - Orientation with Niklas Agarwal
Apr 1 2021
Episode 1 - Orientation with Niklas Agarwal
What is Climate Justice Toronto anyways? How do we organize? And how can you get involved? These are some of the questions that host Alex and guest Niklas Agarwal answer in this first episode of Climate Justice Radio.  Niklas, who has been organizing with CJTO since it’s early days, discusses some of the key values guiding our work, and explains some of the questions you may have had about CJTO like why do limit our organizing to young people? And what’s the justice in climate justice really all about? You also get to learn a bit more about Niklas himself as he introduces the episode with a land story and closes out by telling Alex about how he started at CJTO. The episode also includes the first of many Temp Checks, this week Chloe Lederman and Savi Gellatly-Ladd take you through some current events update. They discuss Biden’s decision to revoke the permits for Keystone XL, the resistance against Enbridge’s line 3 pipeline, farmers protests in India, Ford’s temporary eviction ban and the struggle for more permanent solutions to the housing crisis, the fight to defund the police in Toronto by 50% and the campaign for paid sick leave. Follow the links in the resource section to take action and find out more. Finally, you don’t want to cut this episode short, the last section is an opportunity to learn a movement song with Savi and Chloe. Listen and feel free to sing along to People Gonna Rise Like The Water. ResourcesLand Story Toolkit  Temp Check @Resist_Line_3 on instagram and @ResistLine3 on twitter@Justice4IndianFarmersTO@KeepYourRent and  @SURJ_toronto and  Climate Justice Toronto@ClimateJusticeTO on InstagramClimate Justice Toronto on Facebook @CJusticeTO on Twitter