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About Us

Taking Action on Climate Change


Who are we?

We are a growing network of researchers, film makers, activists, indigenous peoples, students, teachers, and youth who want to encourage dialogue about climate politics by creating democratic spaces where all Canadians and other international guests can participate in discussions about what a changing climate means at home, across Canada and internationally — and what we can do about it! We are inspired, hopeful, and engaged Canadians and early career researchers.

What is IRIS?

The York Institute for Research and Innovation in Sustainability (IRIS) was established by York University in 2004 to create an interdisciplinary university-wide research institute that is a focal point for the sustainability-related activities of all eleven faculties at York.

York has identified sustainability as one of its four overarching strategic priorities for research, along with health, international studies and culture and entertainment. York is also a signatory of the Talloires Declaration, which is an action plan for incorporating sustainability and environmental literacy in teaching, research, operations and outreach at colleges and universities.

IRIS supports the sustainability-related research of York faculty and brings academics together, encouraging interdisciplinary collaboration. IRIS is governed by an executive drawn from across the University.

What are our objectives?

  1. To connect Canadians who have something to say or share about their experiences within a changing world.
  2. To work together to voice the important issues that should be the focus of climate politics at the upcoming November COP 17 meetings in Durban, South Africa, and thereafter.