Need some good news about the state of the world?
Want to hear an intriguing success story from young Canadians about fighting climate change and structural inequality?
Please join us for a Dragon Fireside Chat
Thursday, October 19 at 7:00 p.m.
35 Prince Arthur Avenue, Toronto
“The Power of an Idea”
with our friends from Community Forests International:
Jeff Schnurr, co-founder and Board Chair
Daimen Hardie, co-founder and Executive Director
Jane Thompson, CFI Board vice-chair and Dragon Parent Guild alumna
RSVP —- firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information see: https://forestsinternational.org
Ten years ago, a group of young Canadian tree-planters started working with Tanzanians to reforest Pemba, their island home. Over 1.5 million trees later, Community Forests International and Community Forests Pemba (Forests Intl.) have proven that a powerful idea – that rural people can fight climate change while thriving with nature – can transform communities. Along the way, every action has demonstrated that decolonizing development leads to success. Every strategy and tactic is based on the belief that local people know their own needs best, and that empowering people at the grass-roots level erodes structural inequality, increases gender equity, and creates prosperity and a sustainable economic base.
Most exciting of all, Forests Intl. offers living proof that strategies to fight climate change are flowing from the front lines in the global south back to the global north. Forests Intl.’s work in Tanzania and in Canada is connecting the world around solutions and powerful ideas.
Community Forests International shares the Dragon Academy values of personal and community responsibility, and recognizing and celebrating both cultural differences and our common humanity. Dragon students have volunteered at Forests Intl. events in past. Please join us in this ongoing conversation, and in developing this partnership that will help our students understand the kind of change they too can make in the world. Everyone is welcome. You will leave inspired.