Kingston Climate Emergency

On March 5, 2019, Julia Weder, QE3 Honour’s Student, and 4 other Environmental Science students delivered a short speech to Kingston’s city councillors to urge them to vote in favour of Kingston’s declaration of a climate emergency. The motion, introduced by councillor Robert Kiley, aimed to “name, frame, and deepen [the city’s] commitment to climate action”.

article in Kingston Whig Standard on March 5
Click the screen capture to read the full article in the Kingston Whig Standard online.

Dr. Diane Orihel teaches the class ENSC480, on science communication, and previously invited Councillor Kiley to the class. During the class, Councillor Kiley facilitated a brainstorming session which aided the students in crafting their City Council speech. At the March 5 council meeting, the students’ science-based, emotion-infused, well-structured speech helped influence Kingston’s 13 councillors to vote unanimously in favour of the declaration!
See the Kingston Whig Standard for the full article.