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Regenerating Toronto

Creating the future we want. Together!

Welcome to Regenerating Toronto

Regen Toronto works to educate, engage and inspire citizens to act on the known and proven solutions to the climate crisis. Through projects and partnerships, we collaborate with people and groups across the GTA and beyond with a sense of optimism and agency.

Embracing nature as the source of life and wellbeing is the key. Actions to remove carbon emissions make a thriving future possible. Together we can create a flourishing, regenerative world, with a climate, watershed and ecosystem that is healthy for the children of all species for generations to come.



The Problem and Promise of Peat

This event is co-presented by Water Docs and Regenerating Toronto

When: 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. E.T. | Friday, March 22 (World Water Day)

Where: Swansea Town Hall, 95 Lavinia Ave, Toronto, ON M6S 3H9

Peat is powerful. Peatlands store twice as much carbon as all the world’s forests, according to the UN. But when mined for things like garden potting soil, we lose those benefits.

In celebration of World Water Day on March 22, Water Docs and Regenerating Toronto are co-hosting this event in anticipation of the upcoming gardening season. We will learn and discuss peat use in Ontario and why its continued use is problematic for our climate and much more.

The evening will feature a screening of the 2023 film The Breathing Lands and other short films, expert speakers* and information on alternatives to peat in gardening, as well as a connection to solutions and actions to take to help attendees make a difference, both locally and globally.

How are the immense peatbogs of the Hudson Bay lowlands in Ontario connected to the potting soil you use? How are they and the peatlands around the world connected to the carbon cycle, the water cycle, the very breath of the Earth? How are these intimately connected to Indigenous cultures? And how is the peat mining industry interrupting that precious balance? What are the actual problems and promise of peat? Join us to get to the bottom of it all.
This event is a Community Town Hall Meeting, one of the pillars of the new #LaterNoMore environmental project created by Water Docs and co-presented with Regenerating Toronto. Food will be provided.
Who Should Attend: Attendees who would benefit from this event include hobbyist gardeners, landscapers, outdoor enthusiasts, individuals looking to make a localised difference in the climate crisis and residents of the Bloor West Village neighbourhood and surrounding area. But of course, anyone interested is most welcome!

Registration: Eventbrite, by donation.

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Solutions In Action - Coming soon!

Learn about solutions that are already at work in our local communities to offset the climate crisis in our bioregion. It takes all of us. Six key areas are listed on the home page. Want to showcase your organization’s contributions to regeneration? We’re starting to list local group efforts on our Solutions pages, starting with these six sectors.



Food & Farms

Land & Nature



Why Regen?

Why Regeneration? Regeneration is nature’s default condition. When you injure yourself, you heal  – you regenerate – unless you continue

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"Regeneration puts life at the center of every action and decision. It applies to all of life - grasslands, farms, insects, forests, fish, wetlands, coastlands, and oceans - and it applies equally to family, communities, cities, schools, religion, commerce, & governments. And most spectacularly to climate."
- Project Regeneration

Regenerating Toronto

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Regenerating Toronto is the operating name of Drawdown Toronto, an incorporated, not-for-profit organization.


How do we get enough energy-efficient and affordable housing for our growing population? Existing buildings can be retrofitted with heat pumps and better insulation using innovative low-cost financing. New housing can be built using green and recycled building materials under revised building codes.


How do we generate, store, and transport affordable energy without burning fossil fuels? Solar and wind are cheaper than gas and nuclear in many places around the world, and hydrogen produced from renewable sources has promise. The most efficient carbon reduction is to reduce demand.

Food & Agriculture

How do we grow our food, choose our meals, and reduce food waste? Regenerative practices include building healthy living soil, composting, and supporting farms with high biodiversity. Choosing plant-rich diets, buying local, and creating edible urban landscapes help support food security and a healthy environment. 

Land Use

How do we protect the natural systems that support all life? Human and planetary health are intrinsically linked. Wetlands and forests store carbon for generations in trees and soil and provide essential fresh water and clean air. Our yards, gardens, parks, and ravines support a thriving urban ecology.


How do we get around and transport the things we need? We can start with electrifying mobility, expanding affordable public transit, encouraging efficient shipping, and supporting safe and enjoyable walking and cycling.


How do we surround ourselves with less stuff? We need to reduce the amount of non-essentials we produce, buy, sell and store, while shifting to a “less is more” lifestyle. Scaling up the use of repurposed and recycled materials is key, as is increasing access to resources like tool libraries and repair cafes. 

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