Our Vision


An engaged community, building a net zero-carbon and resilient place to live, work and play and where the natural ecosystems on which all life depends are valued and conserved.


The mission of the Network is to connect, co-ordinate, facilitate, initiate and support collaborative efforts and actions by and for the community to address the impacts of climate change through both mitigation and adaptation measures.

Values & Principles

Our work is guided by the common good that includes all living things and the natural environment.

Local action is required to reverse global warming.

Science-based decision-making and traditional Indigenous knowledge are critical to addressing climate change.

We encourage respectful dialogue, building bridges and finding common ground.

We believe in and practice inclusion.

Stories, experiences, knowledge and tools inspire and enable us to take concrete deep action.

All people have the right and responsibility to participate in solving climate change challenges.

We believe in the strength of community.

We act in a manner that respects and protects the physical, mental and spiritual well-being of people and the natural environment.


To reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by at least 55% by 2030 to keep within the 1.5C increase beyond which we risk run-away climate change.

To determine priorities and implement action plans for moving forward to address climate change.

To educate all segments of our communities on the local and broader impacts and solutions for climate change.

To develop partnerships and expert-resources to develop local solutions.

To cultivate, engage and support volunteers in community action on the environment.

To create and manage the Network to engage, enable and support broad-based community actions.


Emily Pearlman – Internal Communications
Emily has worked for the past 15 years as a theatre artist, educator and events producer. Currently at CNL and as an Artistic Associate at the Ottawa Children’s Festival she is interested in making experiences that bring together intergenerational groups of people and develop their relationship to place and each other. With an MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts, she has taught at University of Ottawa and Algonquin College. She lives in Almonte where she spends much of her time with her two small kids, learning to love all types of weather, and attempting to identify birds, plants and construction vehicles.

Susan Brandum – Co-Founder and Coordinator
Before moving to Port Elmsley 25 years ago, Sue was a specialist energy writer and the volunteer manager of the Coalition for a Green Economic Recovery. She co-authored the underground bestseller, Get A Life! She became the general manager of REAL, delivering programs that helped local residents improve their energy efficiency, naturalize their yards and shorelines, manage their wells and septic systems and reuse goods when she established the REAL Deal Reuse Store. Sue wrote Tay Valley Township’s Climate Action Plan. Sue grew up mainly in Shawville, Quebec

Gord Harrison – Co-Founder and Coordinator
Gord Harrison enjoyed a long career as an environment and climate change educator, working locally, nationally and internationally. He served as the Director of Education programs for the Pembina Institute, and Executive Director of the GreenLearning Canada Foundation. Locally he developed a state of the environment report for the Stewardship Council and a strategic plan for the County’s Community Forests. Gord is a Director of the Lanark County Stewardship Council. “Connecting with place/the land informed my work as an educator, grounds me mentally and spiritually, and is at the heart of CNL.” Gord lives at Indigo Wood (named after the Indigo Buntings that nest there) with two-footed and four-footed family.


Reflections from the Youth Summit

In September, I attended the Ontario Nature Youth Summit for Mother Earth 2021. Hosted virtually this year due to the pandemic, it consisted of workshops and discussions led by Indigenous Elders, scientists and researchers, as well as challenges to get youth thinking...

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