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Solve Climate by 2030: Building a green Montreal together

Date & time
Friday, April 9, 2021
3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Adeela Arshad-Ayaz, Peter Graham, and Anthony Garoufalis-Auger, facilitated by Paul Lott and Muhammad Ayaz Naseem


This event is free


Loyola College for Diversity & Sustainability & Sustainability Research Centre / Dept of Education


Rebecca Tittler



This webinar will feature Drs. Adeela Arshad-Ayaz, Peter Graham, and Anthony Garoufalis-Auger discussing the particularities of the climate crisis from a Montreal perspective wtih facilitators Paul Lott and Muhammad Ayaz Naseem. The event is part of an international project entitled Solve Climate by 2030, one of the goals of which is to provide freely available digital educational material on local climate problems and solutions. As part of Concordia University's contribution, Adeela Arshad-Ayaz will speak about critical global citizenship and environmental justice, Peter Graham will speak about the importance of shifting a commonly-shared metaphor for structuring the relationship of humans with the world, and Anthony Garoufalis-Auger will speak about the need to be uncompromising when advocating for climate solutions.


About the speakers

Adeela Arshad-Ayaz is an Associate Professor at the Department of Education at Concordia University. Adeela Arshad-Ayaz is an Associate Professor at the Department of Education at Concordia University in Montreal. She has taught for universities in Pakistan (Humdard University), Canada (McGill University, Bishops University, University of Regina and Concordia University), and the United Kingdom (external program the University of London, London School of Economics (LSE). In the overall context of neo-liberal globalization, her research examines the intersections of political economy, cultural pluralism, sustainability, citizenship, technology, hate speech/counter-extremism, and social justice in conjunction with the advancements in interactive technologies. She has also published on the impact of globalization on educational policy, environmental sustainability, and social media's impact on youth's civic engagement and issues related to diversity in culturally pluralist societies. Her ongoing research includes several (FQRSC, SSHRC, and Security Canada) funded projects on the use of technology for educational purposes, social media for civic engagement and participation, social media and cultural pluralism, and the dark side of social media: hate speech in online environments.

Peter Graham is a lecturer at the School of Community and Public Affairs and the Loyola College for Diversity and Sustainability at Concordia University. He has training in Economics, Geography, Environmental Studies, and Educational Studies. His current interests include sustainable development, heterodox economics, sociocultural analysis, hermeneutic phenomenology, social epistemology, and material engagement.

Anthony Garoufalis-Auger is a recent graduate of Concordia University. He is currently working as a Montreal-based climate emergency organizer and public affairs strategist. His work focuses on shifting the climate discourse from incrementalism to emergency-mode action in Canada. He is a co-founder of Extinction Rebellion Quebec and an initiator of the Climate Aviation Coalition, a pan-Canada coalition focused on reducing air travel to tackle emissions from that sector. He also sits on the board of directors of Rapid Decarbonization Group. He is presently the Quebec liaison of the Climate Emergency Unit, a newly established Canadian organization fighting for a WW2-scale economic and social mobilization to address the climate crisis at emergency speed.

Muhammad Ayaz Naseem holds a Ph.D. in Comparative and International Education from McGill University, Montreal. Currently he is a Professor of Education at Concordia University. His research interests are situated on the cross section of education in pluri-cultural societies, internationalization of higher education, peace education, social media as space for peace education, teaching about extremism, terror, and radicalization, and citizenship education. In 2013-14, he held the First Georg Arnhold Research Professorship on Educating for Sustainable Peace at Georg Eckert Institute in Braunschweig, Germany. He has published widely including six books and over fifty articles and book chapters. His research has been funded by the SSHRC, FRQ-SC, Public Security Canada, Humboldt Foundation (Germany), and Georg Arnhold Foundation (Germany).

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