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Earth Month 2023: CSI Members Take Action

At CSI, we’re proud to share a common, core value with all of our members – putting people and planet first. And so, it should come as no surprise that our members have a lot going on for Earth Month! From mindfulness retreats to individual actions to statements on human rights, there are a variety of ways to get involved with our members’ work this April. And this isn’t the only month that our members are busy working to build a better future! Check out our events calendar regularly for updates on all the great workshops, events, and initiatives that our members are crafting.

The Youth Harbour & CSI

Celebrate the launch of the second ClimateShare space with The Youth Harbour and the Centre for Social Innovation, with some of Canada’s brightest minds in sustainability, as they tell stories of how they got their start, how they grew, and how they’re succeeding in this challenging sector. Join us for Climate ShareSpace Launch & Environmental Storytelling on May 25 at CSI Spadina from 6:30-9pm for this special launch event.

Ontario Nature

Join Ontario Nature’s campaign to Reduce your Environmental Footprint! “Our planet’s natural environment is under unprecedented stress. We need systemic change to address the most pressing environmental issues we face today, like climate change and biodiversity loss. Companies and governments of all levels have a critical role to play and must step up, but there are still many ways that we as individuals can contribute to restoring a healthy planet by reducing our environmental footprint.”

Check out their website for inspiration on ways to reduce your footprint, like protecting wild species, being a responsible consumer, and advocating for nature.

Lateef Johar Baloch

CSI member and Human Rights Defender, Lateef Johar Baloch, provided a joint statement with Mining Watch, Mining Injustice Solidarity Network, and Earth Works organizations about the unlawful extraction of Balochistan’s gold and the disastrous impacts on the ecosystem.  

“Last December, Barrick Gold reached an unlawful agreement with the central government of Pakistan to extract gold and copper from the Reko Diq mining site. The locals in Balochistan, especially the locals surrounding the mining sites in Chaghi District, did not consent to this project. This violation not only threatens the region’s autonomy and environment but also exacerbates the difficulties already faced by the suppressed local population. Barrick Gold must disclose every detail of the agreement to the masses and the media, and stop working until the local people approve the project.”
Lateef Johar Baloch, A Human Rights Defender with main focus on Balochistan, affiliated with Human Rights Council of Balochistan (HRCB)

Inside Outside Retreat Centre

A painting of a blue hued landscape

This six-session retreat explores ways to enrich our relationship with nature. To discover the enchantment of speaking aloud the names of creatures, plants, and landscapes in danger of being lost forever. To revel in the gifts of small things. Deepen your engagement with Nature with this Circle of Trust® Retreat.

Wildness Enchantment & Hope

May 17, May 24, May 31, June 7, June 21, June 28 (no session on June 14); 1:00 – 3:00 pm EDT

Ontario Centre for Pranic Healing

The Ontario Center for Pranic Healing will host a special meditation via zoom. The Twin Hearts meditation on April 19 is in support of the Earth Day Actions of millions across the globe by blessing the Earth with healing and rejuvenation. Missed the online event? Check out the Twin Hearts meditation here.

Earth Angel

Join CSI Member Earth Angel for a park cleanup at Sunnyside Park on April 22nd between 11am-1pm. Register here!



Not Far From The Tree

Not Far From The Tree is gearing up to launch their 2023 season! You can register your fruit tree to share your harvest, or sign up to help pick and distribute fruit. Sign up to their newsletter to be the first to hear when the season opens!

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