Our mission is to normalize climate action.
A fair and sustainable future begins with each other.
Carbon Conversations Toronto (CCTO) is a volunteer-led group founded to help individuals find hope in the climate crisis. Climate change can leave individuals feeling hopeless and unmotivated. CCTO helps people find the ability to take climate action. In Toronto alone, 78 per cent of residents are concerned about climate change, yet 48 per cent don’t know what to do about it. Many of us are unwilling to act because of that anxiety climate change can cause.
CCTO aims to help people feel more equipped and motivated to talk about climate change and take climate action. We follow a set of seven guiding principles to do just that:
A focus on responsibility instead of blame.
Actions are stronger than words.
Compassion and respect.
Attention is needed for action.
A focus on individual responsibility and action as a mechanism for collective climate action.
A just and fair transition.
What we offer
Our unique approach to climate action is behaviour based. Our materials are based on the work of Rosemary Randal and Andy Brown. Rosemary, a psychotherapist and Andy, an engineer, created Carbon Conversations in the UK.
Our flagship offering is our 6-week session program, where participants join weekly facilitated discussions about how an area of their lives relates to climate change. Through these sessions, participants gain a better sense of their emotional relationship with the climate crisis. They also learn concrete, manageable steps to reduce their carbon footprint.
To expand the reach of this successful program, we’ve shifted our focus to training others on becoming facilitators so they can host their own six-week sessions in their community. Find out more about our new training course happening this Fall.
Six-week session results
Through our past six-week sessions, Carbon Conversations TO was able to help participants overcome difficult emotions related to climate change and commit to tangible actions to reduce their carbon footprint.
Reduction in the number of participants that felt overwhelmed by climate change after the sessions.
Participants started actions that have a potential 2.71 tonne reduction of their average carbon footprint.
Participants that started an action beyond their carbon footprint (e.g. talk to others, join a climate campaign, etc.)
I would definitely recommend this to anyone looking to make changes in their lives to reduce their carbon footprint.
- Allison Merz, CCTO past participant and current volunteer
Meet the team
Carbon Conversations TO is made up of a dedicated team of volunteers. Get to know each of us and the roles we play.