The 2021 election could come any day now and we know that our climate can’t afford 4 more years of Trudeau’s status quo.
Under our broken voting system, a Green-NDP Climate Emergency Alliance is our best chance to win bold climate action like a made-in-Canada Green New Deal.
Luckily, both parties are paying attention to our campaign. But the only way we can win is if we build a mass movement of people who support this idea. That’s why we’re inviting people across the country to hold local Climate Alliance 101 events to share this idea with their community members.
Host a Climate Alliance 101 event or find one to attend
Sign up to host a Climate Alliance 101 event and we will support you every step of the way with a toolkit, a template slide deck, speaking notes, access to video conferencing tools, and by helping get the word out to people in your community.
Or find an existing Climate Alliance 101 event to attend. You can use the search bar at the top of the map below or controls in the bottom right-hand corner to find a digital event with people who live in your city or town. Blue dots mark events that have already passed and red dots mark events that are coming up. Please note that the displayed start time is the local time in the host’s timezone.
Toolkit for Organizing a Climate Alliance 101 Event
Here’s a step-by-step guide to organizing a virtual Climate Alliance 101 event for your community. Please e-mail us at email@example.com if you have any questions that aren’t answered in this toolkit.
Watch the video version of this toolkit
Step 1 – Choose a date and time, then register your event
We recommend naming your event ‘[CITY/TOWN] Climate Alliance 101’. The registration form will prompt you to enter your “venue” so it’s ideal to choose your technology before you register (more on that in Step 2). If you’re not sure at the time of registering, just enter “TBD” in the “venue” and “join link” fields of the event registration form, then update the fields later.
The registration form will also prompt you to tell us whether you want to make your event public or private. Select “private” if you want to host a more intimate event for a specific group of people that you already know. Select “public” if you want as many people as possible to join in. Making your event public means that it will appear on our event map, and we can help connect you with people in your community who want to join an event.
Pick the video conferencing platform that you want to use to host your event. Once you’ve chosen your technology and set up an online meeting room, visit your host dashboard and update that info under “venue” and “join link.” See below for more on how to choose a platform and easy instructions on how to set it up!
To make things easier for you, we’ve created a Zoom room that you can use, you’ll just have to reserve it for the time of your event. Reserve the 350 Canada Zoom room here. We will send you the link and information for dialing into the call once you reserve your spot.
The great thing about Zoom is that it provides a toll-free number or online video conference link that people can join. It also allows you to record the call to share with participants after and it integrates with Google Slides, which allows you to auto-generate captions if need be.
If you don’t want to use Zoom, here are some other platforms we recommend (in order from most to least recommended):
Google Meets: This platform is great because it doesn’t have a call time limit, is free, and uses real-time captions. This platform also uses the same protections that Google uses to secure your information and safeguard your privacy,making it difficult for uninvited guests to drop in and get access to your information. Google Meets also has an excellent auto-captioning feature that ensures participants with hearing impairments can follow along. One drawback is this platform can only support up to 250 participants.
Jitsi: This platform is a free, open-source and secure video conferencing platform that is user friendly. Best of all, it has no limit on the number of participants that can join or the duration of call, and the participant does not have to create an account to join. Privacy experts have given it rave reviews for being a secure, developer-friendly platform. One drawback to Jitsi is it doesn’t allow you to schedule the meeting in advance to generate a link.
These tools also allow you to share your screen, so that you can show slides while your call is happening. When you share your screen, all of your participants who are joining by video can see what you are sharing. Try these functions out before your teach-in so you can run the call with ease. There’s a free version of Zoom, so please create your own event for practicing. Please do not use the 350 Canada Zoom room for practicing as other hosts may be using it!
The video conferencing tools we suggest here have the ability to record meetings so test out hosting a call and finding the recording function. Once the call is done, you can upload that to an online drive and share it with event participants.
The 350 Canada team is here to help! If you have any questions about technology or any other aspects of your event, don’t hesitate to reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Step 3 – Invite people
Identify people in your networks and community that you want to invite. This could include:
Your family, friends, and neighbours who’ve been impacted by this crisis
Members of your faith community
Members of your neighbourhood association or your local mutual aid pod
A climate justice or other social justice organization
Organizers you’ve met who are joining rent strikes and resistance to fossil fuel bailouts
Your co-workers or worker organization
If you’re hosting a public event, your event will appear onthe map and the 350 Canada team will help recruit people to attend. If you are hosting a private event, your recruitment will be limited to whoever you invite.
As people RSVP, don’t be afraid to ask them to invite their networks to your event. Our job as organizers is to organize others into action. Encouraging people to spread the word is a great way to do that!
Step 4 – Prepare and practice
Reach out to one or two people who could help you host your event. Ensure everyone has read through The Case for a Climate Emergency Alliance at least once.
Get comfortable using the technology and sharing the slides. Run through the speaking notes and the slides a couple of times together so that you are comfortable with the content. Make sure you are comfortable with sharing your screen, and that you delegate tasks to your co-hosts, like co-presenting the content, muting participants when necessary, and taking screenshots to capture a group photo at the end.
Step 5 – Send out a reminder
Send a reminder out to your invitees a day or two before the event. If most of them have registered on your event page, you can email them from your host dashboard. You should send your attendees instructions on how to join the call and give them a heads up if they need to download software like Zoom.
Step 6 – Host your event!
Even if you’ve practiced using the technology and done a run-through, expect hiccups. Even the most experienced online facilitators can attest that technology always has a way of throwing curve balls. Don’t stress. It’s the reality of hosting virtually!
Be yourself and have fun with it. Is there music you like? Have it playing in the background while people join. Don’t feel beholden to the script and use language that feels natural to you.
Don’t rush it, especially at the start. Give people time to say hi and have casual conversation before getting into the content.
Check in regularly throughout your presentation. There might be times people need clarification or have questions.
Thank participants for showing up!
Make the hard asks at the end. Be clear that we need everyone on each call to take action to ensure we make a Climate Emergency Alliance a reality. Everyone has a role to play and the climate clock is ticking!
Step 7 – Follow up
At the end of your call, decide if and how you want to stay connected as a group. Do what works best for you and your people. Some ideas include:
A Facebook group;
A Whatsapp group or other group text message service;
A Google Group or other email listserv;
A slack or discord team.
Whatever you decide, make sure to follow up within a day or two of your event thanking everyone for joining and asking for their reflections. Let them know the next steps are to:
Finally, let us know how it went by filling out the host feedback form (coming soon) and attending the host debrief session (details coming soon).
Step 8 – Celebrate
For many hosts, this may be the first time pulling off an event like this. And even if you’ve done this before, give yourself a pat on the back for raising your hand, putting in the work, and creating a space for people to have this important conversation.
Do something nice for yourself. Self care is essential if we’re going to be in this organizing work for the long haul!