About

Citizen-led Climate Action

The Kingston Climate Hub is part of the Community Climate Hub network that advances the goals of the Climate Reality Project, led by former U.S. Vice President and Nobel Laureate Al Gore. 

 “Locally, citizens will make the difference by providing grassroots support for local governments to incorporate climate change mitigation and adaptation in their municipal budgets.”

Climate Hub Canada

Our Vision

Zero by 2050

The Kingston Climate Hub’s vision is “Zero by 2050” in keeping with the 2018 report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change for the need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 45% by 2030 and to achieve carbon-neutrality or “net zero” by 2050.

Our Mission

The Kingston Climate Hub brings together individuals, business and government by providing information and mobilizing the community to take action in support of Kingston’s goal to become Canada’s most sustainable city, meeting IPCC GHG emission targets. 

“Limiting global warming to 1.5ºC would require rapid, far- reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society. With clear benefits to people and natural ecosystems, limiting global warming to 1.5ºC compared to 2ºC could go hand in hand with ensuring a more sustainable and equitable society.” 

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Meet the Team

Emily Ferguson

Co-Founder

Emily is a community organizer, researcher and writer, focusing on climate change. She graduated from McMaster University with a multi-disciplinary BA (Honours) in geography, environmental studies and political science. She is a Climate Reality Leader, having received training from former Vice President Al Gore. Emily believes in the strength of communities coming together and the power of people uniting over a common cause.

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Colleen Gareau

Co-Founder

 Colleen is an award-winning communication strategist, project leader and writer who is turning her 20 years of communication experience to tackling the issue of climate change. During her career, she has worked for or consulted with all levels of government, businesses and nonprofits as well as teaching communication courses at community colleges. Colleen has also been honoured by the City of Halifax for her volunteer work and in the N.S. Legislature for community leadership. 

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Kingston Climate Hub

As part of the Community Climate Hub network, the Kingston Climate Hub brings together citizens, business and government to address climate change locally. We provide information and mobilize the community to take action in support of Kingston’s goal to become Canada’s most sustainable city, meeting Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) greenhouse gas emission targets. 

The goal of the Kingston Climate Hub is to achieve zero emissions by 2050. 

To reduce emissions, the Federation of Canadian Municipalities’ Partners for Climate Protection (PCP) framework offers step-by-step instructions for municipalities to measure, plan, and reduce their GHG emissions. It was developed in collaboration with the federal government and experts on energy efficiency, urban planning and municipal governance. Climate Hub Canada has adopted the PCP framework as a guideline to track and support municipalities’ efforts to reach carbon neutrality.
 
Climate hubs advance the goals of the Climate Reality Project by providing support for people to express their desire to move to a more efficient, healthy and sustainable economy. At the core of each Hub are citizens from all walks of life committed to solving the climate crisis, including 900 Climate Reality Leaders who form the Canadian contingent of an international community of 17,000 global citizens.

The 2015 Paris Accord is insufficient on its own to overcome political hurdles that stand in our way to respecting emissions reduction targets. Locally, citizens will make the difference by providing grassroots support for local governments to incorporate climate change mitigation and adaptation in their municipal budgets.

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The Climate Reality Project

The Climate Reality Project Canada is proud to be a member of an international community of Climate Reality Project affiliates. Since the establishment of Climate Reality in the United States in 2006, the training of new Climate Leaders has occurred in Australia, India, Spain, the United Kingdom, Indonesia, Canada, Mexico, China, Turkey, South Africa, Brazil, and many more countries. Climate Reality also has an official presence in over 100 countries around the world.

The Climate Reality Project Canada (Climate Reality Canada) is a charity organization that serves as the Canadian component of a global movement of more than 13,000 diverse and dedicated volunteers from 141 countries around the world. These volunteers have been personally trained by former U.S. Vice President and Nobel Laureate Al Gore to educate the public about the science and impacts of climate change as well as solutions to address the climate crisis.

Volunteer Climate Leaders trained by Al Gore have already delivered presentations to over 11 million people worldwide.

These individuals will further facilitate the goal of The Climate Reality Project of fostering an engaged and well informed international citizenry.

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"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has." - Margaret Mead.  

Citizens cannot rely on government alone to solve critically challenging issues. That’s why we’ve formed the Kingston Climate Hub: to provide non-partisan information on climate change, to engage with our community to take control of climate change in our own backyards, and to monitor government and industry actions and outcomes.