Cities & Climate Action Forum

The Cities & Climate Action Forum received a $125,000 start-up grant from the Climate Action Fund of Environment and Climate Change Canada in 2019. It is an interactive platform that seeks to empower youth, other community builders, and municipal governments to work for institutional climate mitigation action at the local level. Upwards of 60% of Greenhouse Gas (GhG) emissions are committed and/or regulated by municipalities. Cities must therefore be part of the solution to the climate crisis.

The Forum is hosted by Windsor Law with law students leading much of its work. Our mission is three-fold:

  1. public engagement on climate change and the need for municipalities to act;
  2. capacity-building for collaborative and coordinated climate mitigation action at the local level; and
  3. direct assistance to municipalities and other local institutions

To invite us to lead a workshop for your organisation, to discuss opportunities for collaboration, or to request direct research assistance for your municipality or other local public institution on climate change mitigation-related policy development, please contact one of our project leads at the below coordinates. And please follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram at @CityClimateAct.

In the News

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TORONTO STAR: Centre for Cities Director Anneke Smit co-authors op-ed
Centre for Cities Director and Cities and Climate Action co-lead Dr. Anneke Smit co-authored an op-ed for the Toronto Star with UBC Allard School of…
Mourning a death. Autoworkers on boats from both sides of the border, including members of the United Auto Workers' Downriver Anti-Pollution League, hold a wake on the Detroit River on the first Earth Day, April 22, 1970, and lay a floral wreath to signify the "death" by pollution of the river and Lake Erie
WINDSOR STAR: As Earth Day turns 50, COVID-19 offers valuable warning
Co-lead of the Cities and Climate Action Forum, Anneke Smit, discusses the risk of losing momentum on climate action with Doug Schmidt. Read the full…
Former Toronto Mayor Dave Miller speaks at a youth climate change conference on Tuesday, March 10, 2020, at the Capitol Theatre in Windsor, ON. DAN JANISSE / Windsor Star
WINDSOR STAR: Youth gather from across the province to discuss climate change
Mary Caton caught up with some student participants to share their stories and experiences at the Youth Workshop on Local Climate Action, hosted by the…
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Our Resources

Online Youth Series on Local Climate Action: Recordings
(22 May 2020) In April and May 2020, the Cities and Climate Action Forum has hosted a series of weekly online workshops for youth aged…
Delegation Presentation on the Budget at Windsor City Council
On January 27, 2020, Windsor City Council voted on the 2020 budget. Two students from the Cities and Climate Action Forum, Ali Tejani and Tasha…
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For youth: working on climate action with municipal governments
A brief primer on municipalities, their powers and their potential for climate action. For youth and other community members wishing to engage with their local…
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    Upcoming Events

    Online Youth Workshop Series on Local Climate Action: Cities, Climate and COVID-19

    May 28 - 3:00 pm

    In this edition we'll be joined by Robin Mazumder, Canadian urban neuroscientist; Kate Graham, Director of Research at the Canadian Urban Institute; and Hana Syed,...

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