in Lanark County
CLIMATE CHANGE IN LANARK COUNTY
What is Lanark County doing about Climate Change?
Lanark County’s Climate Action Plan is being created in consultation with Climate Network Lanark. If you have ideas for the plan, you can both contact us, and submit them to your respective municipal representative on the County Climate Action committee.
Beckwith – Richard Kidd
Carleton Place – Ross Rankin
Drummond North Elmsley – Paul Kehoe
Lanark Highlands – Jeannie Kelso
Mississippi Mills – open
Montague – Klaus Vandermeer
Perth – Tony Hendricks
Smiths Falls – Shawn Pankow
Tay Valley Township- Bob Argue
For the County’s up-to-date Climate news, you can join their facebook page.
Many of the municipalities in Lanark have their own Climate Action Plans. This includes Perth, and Tay Valley Township. Plans are in development for Carleton Place and Smiths Falls. You can see Perth and the Tay Valley on this map which includes Ontario municipalities that have included climate-related language in their official plans and/or zoning by-laws.
What are the main climate issues in my community?
The Climate Atlas of Canada can be searched by region, and combines climate science, mapping and storytelling to show changes to our area and projects created in response to those changes. 4
The Canadian Institute for Climate Choices provides a research based framework for decision making.
How can I make my voice heard in the development of Lanark County’s Climate Policies?
Stay informed about your municipality’s Climate Policies by:
- Reading the council minutes.
- Showing up for consultation processes.
- Showing up to meetings where climate policy is being introduced.
You can join your municipal mailing lists here: Carleton Place, Mississippi Mills, Montague, Perth, Smiths Falls, Tay Valley. Or check the meeting minutes for Beckwith, Drummond North Elmsley, Lanark Highlands.
Who is already doing work around Climate Action in Lanark County and how can I join them?
Join one of Climate Network Lanark’s Working Groups. We are always looking for new members to join our working groups. Some working group members are field specialists, and some are concerned citizens with an interest in the area who are looking for concrete ways to contribute. We invite you to contact us to find a fit for your skills and interests, or explore some of the following working groups:
- Buildings and Transportation
- Compost and Waste Reduction
- Forests and Nature-Based Climate Solutions
- Local Government
- Youth Climate Action
There are many groups working in Lanark County who are taking Climate Action with their work. Larger organizations include:
Transportation in this area is a huge source of greenhouse gases (GHGs) as the county, a microcosm of Canada, has lots of space and not many people but all have to travel. It presents a real challenge as transportation in a rural area like ours is necessary for work,...
It can’t be emphasized more urgently how we need to reassess how we think about the food we grow and consume. We must make sure we are doing our part to address these complex issues in the intertwined web of living on planet Earth. .. read more
Just to the east of here, Ottawa takes to heart the fact that leaf blowers produce more emissions than pick up trucks. ... read more
Local food grower, educator and biologist, Alberto Suarez-Esteban, tackles climate change by practicing regenerative farming. ... listen to interview
Lanark County’s best-known waterways are due to face a difficult future, while also contending with droughts at the moment. .. read more
Meet our New Staff Member - Sadie Brule We are pleased to welcome Sadie Brule to our administrative team. You may find her at the end of an email, or roaming through her hometown of Perth, but until you meet, here is a little bit about what moves her to act on...
I support Cutting Community Greenhouse Emissions in Half But I am prejudiced beyond debate in favor of my right to choose which side shall feel the stubborn ounces of my weight. - Bonaro W. Overstreet When Louise was 12, she moved to a village outside of Peterborough....
On Saturday, March 12, Lanark County Warden John Fenik will attend a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Perth Town Hall, 80 Gore St. E. Area residents are invited to attend the 11 a.m. opening of the local job office for the Ministry of Just Transition. read more
In short, there is no planet B where humans can live an earth-like existence. This planet is all we have. And what does that mean for the residents of Lanark County? .. read more
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