RHUC NetZero Initiative (Emissions Reduction)

Solar power

NetZero is an ad hoc committee of members from Richmond Hill United Church (RHUC) who want to reduce the carbon footprint at RHUC. RHUC is certified Light Green under the Greening Sacred Spaces certification program.

Links of interest:

 Government of Ontario links: 

 City of Richmond Hill link: https://www.richmondhill.ca/en/find-or-learn-about/Climate-Change.aspx

 City of Toronto link: https://www.toronto.ca/services-payments/water-environment/environmentally-friendly-city-initiatives/transformto/

Canada link: https://www.canada.ca/en/environment-climate-change.html

  Resources:

September 2021 Green Minute Information: 

In late August, the IPCC put out the 6th Assessment Report on the climate crisis.  We had been told in the October 2018 report that 1.5ºC increase in warming would bring changes with risks humans could accept, but 2ºC or higher warming would bring risks that we would deeply regret and that would be long-term climate changes.  The new report indicates that we are currently on a trajectory to reach 3ºC above normal by 2100. 

The Summary for Policy Makers gives the main points in somewhat simpler language. I also find the IPCC Press Release is easier to understand. In it we find this statement:  

The report provides new estimates of the chances of crossing the global warming level of 1.5°C in the next decades, and finds that unless there are immediate, rapid and large-scale reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, limiting warming to close to 1.5°C or even 2°C will be beyond reach. Richmond Hill United Church is acting on the information in this report by communicating its content to the congregation and by instituting changes in the physical church. We also want to help our congregation make the lifestyle changes necessary. Please contact me (targetclimatechange@gmail.com) if you want to talk about this (I can set up a zoom call if you want to talk). 

DO NOT DOUBT THAT THERE IS STILL A WAY TO FOR THE PLANET TO NOT PASS THE 1.5ºC THRESHOLD. If we can do this, the evidence suggests that some cooling would occur by the end of the century (many changes, such as the loss of our ice sheets, will not be brought back for centuries to millennia unfortunately).

These changes will require organization and willingness on our part. This week we remember the incredible response in a short time by the people of Gander. We can do this as well - but we need that spirit of generosity in all of us.

Please attend one of the two Lunch and Learn Sessions:  

  1.  October 24:  Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/climate-lunch-and-learn-tickets-172060255857

  2.  and/or December 12: Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/climate-lunch-and-learn-2-tickets-172141438677

   At these meetings we will summarize the situation, explain the lifestyle changes you will need to make, discover the resources we already have in our community, and then establish plans for the next few months.  These are open for everyone - so feel free to invite friends to the Lunch and Learns.  We are informing the City about what we are doing and hope we can be a model for Richmond Hill.  

   We know we will need mental health support through this crisis - and our kids will need support as well. Along with the Lunch and Learns, we are hoping to host a biweekly climate support drop-in.  

Climate support group

   We know we will need mental health support through this crisis - and our kids will need support as well. Along with the Lunch and Learns, we are hoping to host. We know we will need mental health support through this crisis - and our kids will need support as well. Along with the Lunch and Learns, we are hoping to host a bimonthly climate support drop-in.  

Susan Kagan (mental health educator/advocate) will be supporting us.  This will be a time where we will gather to grieve and comfort each other as best we can.  This event will be on November 13th, from 3-4 and this is the zoom link for that event:

Topic: Climate Support Group

Time: Nov 13, 2021 03:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83833323713?pwd=NEQxWWJZdWtrSE5wdXhBREFuR3RMZz09

Meeting ID: 838 3332 3713   Passcode: 432526

 

The truth isn’t easy to hear, but it is much better than pretending that all is well when it is not.   Please contact me (Esther Collier, Chair, Net Zero Committee) at   targetclimatechange@gmail.com if you want to chat.