A node is a volunteer-led group that takes action. Quite simply, it’s how we organize the people doing the work. There are two types of nodes:
- Support nodes such as Communications, IT, HR, and Fundraising, do the work of keeping the Hub running. They are a great place to use your skills or gain experience.
- Campaign nodes take on specific projects, such as the ENMAX campaign or advocating for climate issues during an election.
Support nodes: check the Volunteer page for open positions and job descriptions. Fill out the form and the Volunteer Coordinator will get in touch.
Campaign nodes: subscribe to the newsletter or contact the Volunteer Coordinator to find out when the node is having their next meeting. Show up and see what needs doing and how you can help.
If you want to be a node leader or join the board, we ask that you do become a member. This helps show your commitment to the organization and our shared values. We have two levels of membership to ensure cost is not a barrier.
Campaign nodes are often made up of people from many different organizations working together, so you don't have to be a member to participate. Getting involved with a campaign is a great way to get to know us. Of course, we'd love to have you join us! There's strength in numbers.
As a member-driven non-profit, we rely on memberships to help pay for operations, including tools such as our website, Zoom account, advertising and administration. When you choose the $50 membership option, you help keep us going.
However, we don't want cost to be a barrier, so we offer a $5 option as well.
All members have equal voting rights at our AGM.
- Non-partisan: We support effective climate action and policies, not specific political parties or politicians. We give credit where it is due regardless of political party. We want people from across the political spectrum to take action on climate.
- Evidence-based: We encourage critical thinking, understand and cite sources, and seek sound information.
- Collaborative: Building collaborations and coalitions is important; we seek to merge efforts for building resilience and concrete skills. E.g., we will work to identify a list of select organizations and individuals that align with our values and spheres of influence whose work we can support with confidence.
- Diverse: We host inclusive dialogue and bring more and diverse people into healthy dialogue. E.g., we will seek to identify experts and organizations from the BIPOC community who align with our values and spheres of influence.
- Volunteer led: We need the involvement of Calgarians to motivate communities and individuals to take action.
We focus our activities on the following areas at the municipal level:
- Climate justice: advocating for reducing or mitigating the impact of climate change on vulnerable populations, the BIPOC community, and our youth.
- Transportation: including active transportation such as cycling, pedestrian-friendly infrastructure, and transit, and low-emissions vehicles.
- Urban planning: increased density, reduced urban sprawl, communities that meet the needs of a variety of citizens including low-income, elderly, families, immigrant populations and people with disabilities who are disproportionately affected by climate change. The climate lens must be applied.
- Buildings and energy: reducing the carbon footprint of our built environment, including energy generation and municipal-controlled building standards to prepare for net-zero.
- Natural Infrastructure: wetlands, biodiversity, habitat, soil health, natural flood mitigation and reliance, urban forestry, as they relate to climate mitigation and adaptation.
- Food security: reducing agricultural emissions and contributing to biodiversity, soil health, reduced use of pesticides, herbicides and artificial fertilizers, and reducing food waste. The climate lens must be applied.
- Government accountability: advocating to The City and other levels of government to advocate for issues that will have an impact on the ability of Calgary to meet its climate obligations, to raise climate as an election issue, or to ask governments to apply the climate lens.
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