Michael Polanyi, Climate Campaigner

Michael is an experienced campaigner with a background in research, public policy and community organizing.

He has been a policy researcher at Queen’s Park, a coordinator of national programs at KAIROS, and a community worker supporting resident action to improve living conditions for Toronto families at the Children’s AId Society. He has been engaged in numerous environmental and social justice campaigns, from launching a boycott of the sale of South African-linked products at McMaster University in the 1980s to helping spearhead a campaign to secure Toronto’s first comprehensive poverty reduction strategy in 2015. Michael completed a doctorate in Environmental Studies at York University in 2000. He grew up in Toronto, and he and his partner are active in their neighbourhood in East Toronto, where they raised two sons. Michael has been active on climate issues for almost twenty years and is particularly interested in strengthening connections between environmental and social justice movements.