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ARTICLE | Climate and the Sustainable Development Goals | Part 1 | Transforming People & Places

Community Change, Homepage Resources, CCT Publications, Climate Transitions, SDGs, Laura Schnurr, Jennifer Lerus-Roulez

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The climate crisis is a complex, multi-faceted challenge. There are countless intersections between climate change and a range of other issues such as poverty, hunger, equality, employment, and sustainable land and water. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) provide a useful framework for unpacking these linkages.

This two-part series explores the interconnections between SDG 13: Climate Action and other goals, through 10 articles by diverse community changemakers across Canada.

Part 1 of two publications

This first publication explores the transformations that we as individuals and as society need to make to respond to the climate crisis in a way that promotes health and wellbeing, empowers diverse groups to take action and recognizes intersectionality.


The pieces and authors profiled in this publication are:

  • Breathing and existing in the intersectionality of climate and community actions – Elissama Menezes
  • How planetary health and healing justice can stimulate local climate action – Chiara Camponeschi
  • Three ways to support refugee education in Canada – Jennifer Lerus-Roulez
  • How the settlement sector can support refugees with adaptive tools to create stronger, more vibrant communities – May Massijeh
  • Getting to climate action in our communities starts with finding our way home – Astrid Arumae
  • Growing green infrastructure and community health with urban forests – Matthew Carreau


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Note: This document was published in 2022and uses the word stakeholder to reference the different parties connected to the outcomes of a situation or decision.

Since using the term, we as an organization have learned more about the origins of this word and its original uses. We want to acknowledge this history and communicate our desire to change which we are still developing as an organization. 

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