It has been a busy September here at Climate Network Lanark as we launched our County-Wide survey on Climate Behaviours and Attitudes. We are thrilled at the responses and comments, and encourage you to keep sending on the survey link.
We also gathered as a group to create a game plan for contributing to the County’s first ever Climate Action Plan, which is in the early stages of development NOW.
Michelle Vala, the County’s Climate Plan coordinator, and Sue Brandum will be making a presentation to Mississippi Mills Council Oct. 19 on the County’s Climate Action Plan and CNL. If you want to tune in, check here for the information to connect electronically.
Sept. 24th saw Climate Rallies in both Perth and Almonte in conjunction with Fridays for Future’s Global Climate Strike. Special thanks also to Sue Evans, Ahlena Sultana-McGarry, Anita Payne, Christa Lowry Ashley Miceli, Jane Ellens, Jennifer Noxon, Chandler Swain and the Reid-Neilz family for their contributions.
And keep watch, there will be lots of media coverage of the climate crisis in the lead up to the UN’s COP 26 meeting in Glasgow Oct. 31 – Nov. 12.
Moving forward this month, we invite you to consider how changes to your yard waste regime can keep organics from producing methane in the landfill, and usher in an eco-system saving cultural shift. How do we think about those small steps as part of a continuum that leads to system changes? As we continue work on the County Climate Action plan, how can we think about small community projects as pilots for changes that can later happen on a County-Wide scale?
Keep in touch, we love hearing from you,
Gord, Sue and Emily
If you’re like me, you are hearing about climate change every day — and you’re seeing its effect in your own backyard.
Are fewer types of birds visiting your bird feeder? Current estimates indicate that North America is home to nearly three billion fewer birds today compared to 1970—that’s more than 1 in 4 birds that have disappeared from the landscape in a mere half century.
Remember when every summer car trip meant you had to scrub the windshield and the grill, because it was covered with squashed bugs? Have you noticed you don’t have to do that any more? Our insect populations are crashing at a rate of roughly 9% per year. You may be feeling you should be doing something, if only for your own sanity … but like many of us, you feel helpless – as just one individual — to influence the big policy shifts that will force the real changes we need.
This article offers three concrete things you can do to make a difference (READ MORE)
You still have a chance to contribute to plans to address the Climate Crisis in Lanark County and Smiths Falls. A team from Climate Network Lanark worked to create a comprehensive survey to find out what Lanark County residents are currently doing and what they plan to do to address climate change. You can access it here
The Climate Action Plan (CAP) will provide an Action Plan for the next ten years for both County municipal operations (municipal buildings and garages, street lighting, municipal trucks, water and waste) as well as the community as a whole (homes, cottages, businesses, transportation, energy use, agriculture, etc.). (READ MORE)
October 14th and beyond – We Walk the Path Together How youth can unite Indigenous and Western cultures through Ethical Space. For youth 14-25. Presented by Plenty Canada
October 16th – Warden’s Slow Roll for the United Way. Embrace active transit and Lanark Fall Colours with a bike ride along the OVRT from Almonte to Pakenham
October 19th, 7pm – Gardening Workshop: Climate Solutions CNL’s Gordon Harrison will help you understand the climate solutions available to us in Lanark County. Presented by the Neighbourhood Tomato. Email for Zoom link.
October 21, 6:45 MVFN Meeting: Wetlands & Fishery Dr. Cindy Chu speaks on Wetlands & Fishery. Presented by Mississippi Valley Field Naturalists
Climate Change Rally in Perth Sees lots of Drive By Support
The Perth Courier
- Are you looking to have more conversations about Climate?Volunteer for our Survey team, and meet people in person to help get the survey out, and also build our community of Climate Advocates
- Want to get outside and move your body? Our Farms working group will be using leaves to make fungal dominant compost for soil regeneration. Spend an hour raking or mowing and we will bring the hot drinks. Email Scott
- Want to turn your leaves into compost? Almonte residents who don’t want to leave the leaves can instead send them to be a part of the aforementioned fungal dominant compost.
Save today, enjoy tomorrow. That was the message a large group of protesters carried from Ottawa Street to Almonte Old Town Hall Sept. 24 as part of the Fridays for Future Almonte Global Climate Strike Sept. 24. Climate Network Lanark hosted the strike, along with a...
Susan Brandum backed into the parking lot on Friday afternoon and opened the hatch of her SUV. Inside were dozens of climate change rally signs showing the state of the planet. One by one, volunteers picked a placard and marched along Highway 7 in front of Shoppers...
You have a chance to contribute to plans to address the Climate Crisis in Lanark County and Smiths Falls. A team from Climate Network Lanark worked to create a comprehensive survey to find out what Lanark County residents are currently doing and what they plan to do...
Are fewer types of birds visiting your bird feeder? Current estimates indicate that North America is home to nearly three billion fewer birds today compared to 1970 — that’s more than 1 in 4 birds that have disappeared from the landscape in a mere half-century. .....
CLIMATE NETWORK LANARK ASKS Questions of Candidates in the Federal Election for Lanark, Frontenac, Kingston The Respones Scott Reid (Conservative) no response Michelle Foxton (Liberal) Steve Garrison (NDP) Calvin Neufeld (Green) Michelle Foxton (Liberal) As an...
In the last 10 or 15 years, Lanark Highlands has attracted a lot of retirees – I’m one of them -- and most of us come with our retirement funds, large or small. Retirement funds have a lot of power, because they represent the money we have ‘loaned’ to various...
While Susan Berlin wrote this to give Lanark Highlands residents insight into evaluating their own Official Plan, it’s a very helpful read for the rest of us in Lanark County. All of our lower-tier municipalities are revising their Official Plans this year (except...
Seeing our beautiful oaks and apple trees regrowing a second set of leaves after the devastation of the LDD moth invasion earlier this summer, it seems like regrowth and regeneration are possible just when we need it. This theme is truly alive in many local farms...
Though it was a cool, rainy afternoon in Perth, environmentalists knew that burning hot temperatures were a searing reality in Canada. .. read more and watch video
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