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1UP 2020 Conference: Future Focus

On March 7, 2020, 1UP Toronto hosted the fourth annual Youth City Builder’s Conference. …


On November 7th and 8th, 2019, 1UP Toronto attended the Future Cities Canada (FCC) Summit as a part of the special climate action project “Future Cities, Future Us.” …


“Use less plastic. Eat less meat. Reduce, reuse, recycle.”

A week ago, Toronto had its first Friday for Futures climate strike. The crowd of 20,000 paled in comparison to the one million at the Raptors parade, but that was to be expected. After all, we’ve been able to predict the effects of climate change for the past few decades. The Raptors winning? That’s something we didn’t predict.

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Gathering at Queens Park during the September 27 Toronto climate strike. (UofT Medicine / Twitter)

A week before that, in typical high school fashion, my teacher decided to have a class discussion about climate change. What exactly is anthropogenic climate change? How long have we known about it for? What can we do to help out? Disinterested and tired, my classmates and I monotonously recited the answers, “Change in the global climate primarily caused by greenhouse gas emissions,” “Since the late 1900s,” and “Use less plastic. …

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