A node is a volunteer-led group that takes action. Quite simply, it’s how we organize the people doing the work. As of May 2023, we have 7 Nodes:
- Provincial Election Campaign: working on rallying public support for climate action by our next government
- Events: planning, preparation and hosting events for the Hub and various partners
- Communications: content creation and delivery across social media, website and other platforms
- Nature: focusing on Nature-based solutions in Calgary, and involved in our Tiny Forest project
- Fund Development: sponsor relations, grant research and application, and crowdfunding campaigns
- Research & Policy: analysis of City climate actions and delivery of our municipal climate report card
- Engagement: mobilizing volunteers for engaging with City Hall and other stakeholders
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. Your membership goes directly to operational costs and fund our local climate work in Calgary.
However, we don't want cost to be a barrier to participation in our organisation. We offer 'pay-what-you-can' membership for those who need it.
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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