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”.
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!
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