New Muskoka Region column from Climate Action Muskoka
We’re proud to announce that a regular column entitled Building Back Better will soon be premiering in Muskoka Region. This series, organized by Climate Action Muskoka, envisions a just, climate-sensitive, post-pandemic recovery, with a focus on Muskoka; but also exploring broader topics like the need for a living wage, the benefits of growing our own food, the importance of ensuring that our buildings are built sustainably, and more. The contributors are supporters of Climate Action Muskoka.
The photos above accompany a column from Melinda Zytaruk and Matthew Adams about sustainable buildings. These images feature a local straw bale home and highlight the wood, earth plaster, LED lighting and, at the back of the image on the right, a “truth window” revealing the straw with which this home was built. [Photo credit: Riley Snelling.]
We’ll also be sharing these columns on our website and social media. Please keep an eye out for them. And note that we’ve taken care to include links to the resources the writers draw from, so you can continue to read up. Kudos to the writers who have already contributed and to the ad hoc editorial board at Climate Action Muskoka for their hard work. And also, hats off to Muskoka Region for supporting this important grassroots initiative. 👏
Coronavirus Update — As of Februay 21, 2020, weekly climate strikes are continuing, from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm every Friday, but in order to stay safe and not risk spreading the Coronavirus we are sharing Greta’s advice:
March 12, 2020 — Today the first case of Covid-19 was reported in Simcoe-Muskoka district. We hope everyone is being careful and staying safe. Greta has weighed in on the subject, sensible as ever.
After some discussion, we have decided to go ahead with the in-person climate strikes tomorrow. Climate strikes are happening from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm tomorrow, Friday March 13, at three Muskoka locations.
Huntsville at Town Hall, 37 Main St. E.
Gravenhurst at the Post Office at the corner of Muskoka Rd. N. and Bay
Bracebridge at Memorial Park
This is week 25 for Bracebridge, week eight for Gravenhurst and week six for Huntsville. Come out and say hello to new friends who want to talk climate action.
But please no handshaking; a wave, a thumbs-up or a curtsy will do just as well. 👋
And if you’re passing by, honk for climate action! We hope you can join us!
If you prefer to stay at home, you can still climate strike. Greta invites us all to participate in a #DigitalStrike, and to post a photo of you with your sign on social. Use the hashtag #ClimateStrikeOnline!
If you’re on Facebook or Instagram don’t forget to tag @climateactionmuskoka. We’re not on Twitter, but you can certainly hashtag us: #climateactionmuskoka.
[And if this all sounds like Klingon to you, no worries! You can text a photo of yourself climate striking to 705-645-5225 and we’ll post it for you! Or, you can just tell your friends and family! ♥️ ]
Climate strikes continue weekly on Fridays from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm in Huntsville, Bracebridge and Gravenhurst. Friday March 6 will mark week 24 for Bracebridge, week seven for Gravenhurst and week five for Huntsville.
Muskoka is a just a small community, but remember that we are climate striking in solidarity with millions worldwide. Don’t believe it?
Never forget that YOU are part of an important global movement!
I don’t know about you, but I am proud that Climate Action Muskoka is a part of that.
Do you suffer from eco-anxiety? Drs. Alexis Nicole and Steve Stewart are facilitating a 10-week Good Grief Program in partnership with Sustain EcoStore starting March 24, 2020 in Huntsville.
despair, deepen self-awareness and recognize our interconnectedness
with each other and our environment. We will discuss a new theme each
week – exploring how we can resource and energize both ourselves and our
invite everyone grappling with the challenges of today’s climate crisis
to join us as we build community and
mobilize toward meaningful action. This is based on a similar program in
different locations across the globe, but is the first of its kind in
Muskoka. To enroll or if you have questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Do it soon. Space is limited.
A group of Climate Action Muskoka members has developed the following declaration, to be presented to District of Muskoka council in April of 2020. We will be seeking endorsements in the community, from individuals, groups, businesses and NGOs in the coming weeks.
Declaration of Climate Emergency Resolution developed by members of Climate Action Muskoka — Linda Mathers, Melinda Zytaruk, Sue McKenzie, Len Ring
February 19, 2020
WHEREAS the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Report ‘Global Warming of 1.5 °C’ states the urgency of keeping global heating below the 1.5C goal and also acknowledges that the world is currently on track for more than 3ºC increase in temperature rise based on policies that are now in place; and
WHEREAS this current track of climate heating will lead to catastrophic social, economic, cultural and environmental impacts in our community and elsewhere and that the IPCC estimates less than 11 years to avoid the worst impacts of climate change; and
WHEREAS many municipalities across Ontario and Canada understand the major benefits of and the need to be at the forefront of action on climate change, with many having declared a climate emergency already; and
WHEREAS much of the financial damage associated with climate change will come from impacts to municipal core infrastructure such as roads, bridges, water, wastewater and storm water systems and from destruction of natural infrastructure; and
WHEREAS it is necessary not only to reduce carbon emissions, but also to increase community resiliency in the face of climate change, and that these approaches can offer multiple benefits including improved health and air quality, increased innovation, economic development and reduced costs in the long run; and
WHEREAS many people in Muskoka have demonstrated a strong interest and commitment to address climate change and continue to make Muskoka a leader in environmental action and protection;
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT the District of Muskoka officially
Declare a Climate Emergency immediately to name and deepen the District’s commitment to protecting our economy, our community, and our eco systems from the impacts of climate heating; and
Develop a Climate Action Plan (CAP) to reduce corporate and community greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs), which includes the identification of firm, ambitious targets with a goal of greater than 50% reduction of GHG emissions by 2030 and reaching zero GHG emissions by 2050; commit to becoming a drawdown/regenerative community, taking an active role in the repair and regeneration of our systems, including in the areas of the built environment, natural infrastructure, land use, transportation, energy, waste, health, and food security; and
Support and participate in the establishment of a Community Working Group, which will provide input to the CAP and will assist in the regular review and updating of the CAP as the science evolves. The Community Working Group should be diverse and representative of the Muskoka community; be balanced according to gender, age, ethnic background, geography, economic status; learn from Indigenous knowledge and leadership; and include scientists and other key stakeholders.
Collaborate with other municipal governments, institutions and industry associations to improve standards and protocols that can positively address climate adaptation and mitigation; and
Seek and secure funding opportunities from both internal and external sources for 2020 and beyond to adequately finance climate actions necessary to meet 2030 and 2050 emission reduction targets; and
Commit to putting climate action at the forefront of all decision-making, large and small, working to achieve community resiliency, equity, reconciliation, and leaving no one behind. Require all future reports to council to include a section titled Climate Change Implications that will identify how the recommendations will contribute to meeting the objectives of the CAP; and
Work with other community stakeholders to educate the public at large about steps that can be taken by individuals and businesses to reduce GHGs; and
Urge both Provincial and Federal governments and opposition parties to work rapidly to deliver the GHG emission reductions needed to keep global heating below the 1.5C goal to minimize the life-threatening impacts of climate change. Forward a copy of the resolution to the Premier of Ontario, the Ontario Minister of Environment, Conservation and Parks, the Association of Municipalities of Ontario, and Parry Sound Muskoka representatives Hon. Norm Miller MPP, and Hon. Scott Aitchison MP.
Click the links below to answer a few questions confirming your endorsement or your group’s endorsement. You will receive an email confirmation. Thank you.
This is a reminder that we climate strike tomorrow, February 21, 2020.
Join us in Huntsville at Town Hall, 37 Main St. E., in Gravenhurst at the Post Office at the corner of Muskoka Rd. N. and Bay, and in Bracebridge at Memorial Park.
If you’re just passing by, honk for climate action. Or support us on social. We’re on Facebook and Instagram @climateactionmuskoka. #climateactionmuskoka #climatestrike #climatestrikehuntsville #climatestrikegravenhurst #climatestrikebracebridge.
Exciting news! Weekly climate strikes are starting in Huntsville tomorrow! Friday February 7, from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm in front of Town Hall, 37 Main Street East.
a sign if you can. If not, we can find you one. Come out and meet new
friends and talk climate action. #climatestrikehuntsville.
If you’re not free this Friday, we will be there every Friday from now on, same time, same location!
Weekly Gravenhurst and Bracebridge Climate Strikes Continue
Also, congrats to the Bracebridge
team, which is coming up on its 21st weekly climate strike since
September 21! Find us at Memorial Park every Friday from 11:30 am to
12:30 pm as well. #climatestrikebracebridge
to the folks in Gravenhurst: this will be their third week. (Heck,
let’s start keeping track!) They gather in front of the Post Office at
Muskoka Rd. N. Everyone is invited. #climatestrikegravenhurst
Pop Up Climate Strikes
driving! How about organizing a climate strike right in your
neighbourhood! It only takes two people, some signage and an hour a week
to raise awareness of the urgent need for climate action.
Climate strikers! We invite you to take a picture
of your #MuskokaClimateStrike and send it along to us, or post it on
the @ClimateActionMuskoka Facebook or Instagram page. We’d love to see
#climatestrikebala #climatestrikehoneyharbour or heck,
Whereever you are, we hope you can join us!
CAM Sub-Committees Making Progress
Our group’s ad-hoc steering committee held a very fruitful meeting on Sunday February 2nd in which members of our new sub-committees worked on their roles and objectives. We encourage everyone who is interested in getting involved in a sub-committee, or in sharing ideas and resources, to contact us at email@example.com.
Sub-Committees are: Communications | Presenting to Council | Endorsements | Transportation | Waste | Food | Built Infrastructure | Water. Read our blog about it.
Recommended Read of the Week
Our Top Eco Actions of 2020.
This is an inspiring line-up of positive steps we can all take, both in
our individual actions and in our thinking. Bonus list of recommended
reads at the end. There’s a heck of a lot in here. Kudos to Celine
MacKay and Sustain Eco Store in Huntsville and Peterborough for pulling
this important blog together!
Remember: We Climate Strike Every Friday
Rome wasn’t built in a day. We climate strike in Gravenhurst at the Post office at Muskoka Rd. N. and Bay, and in Bracebridge at Memorial Park and now Huntsville at Town Hall every Friday from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm. Come when you can. #fridaysforfuture #climatestrike
About Climate Action Muskoka
Climate Action Muskoka
is an inclusive, non-partisan group concerned about climate change in
Muskoka who believe in working together and supporting one another to
inspire individuals, groups, and every level of government to make the
dramatic changes needed to meet this historic challenge.
Our ad-hoc steering committee held its third meeting on Sunday February 2nd. It’s great to hear the ideas and progress that each sub-committee is making in determining its roles and objectives.
The committee list is below. Absent members are not named. Please contact us if you would like to help out with a sub-committee or share your thoughts, ideas and resources. Email firstname.lastname@example.org, with the name of the sub-committee in the subject line.
Built Infrastructure is headed up by Melinda, who was unable to attend.
Weekly Climate Strike Tomorrow — in Gravenhurst and Bracebridge
This is a reminder that weekly climate strikes are happening in Gravenhurst at the Post Officeat the corner of Muskoka Rd. N. and Bay, and in Bracebridge at Memorial Park. We hope you can join us!
a sign if you can. If not, we can find you one. Come out and meet new
friends who want to talk climate action. Bring a friend or family
And if you’re passing by, honk for climate action!
Congratulations Sue, Len, Nancy and the rest of the crew in Gravenhurst on a successful first week! Here is our webpage with media coverage about CAM’s various activities. If you see a news story about CAM, please let us know and we’ll add it to the page.
Recommended Read of the Week
Our own Bet Smith has written a wonderfully engaging and informative article about Regenerative gardening called The Power of Living Soil. If you ever even thought about gardening, this read will be a real treat. Thanks Bet!
Seeking A Recycling Enthusiast
Do you know
someone who is very into recycling? I mean, knowledgeable enough, and
into it enough to shout it from the rooftop? I’m looking for a lively
inteviewee for Muskoka Drawdown, a new radio show on Hunters Bay Radio. Please contact me to discuss. email@example.com. Thanks!
Inspirational Quote of the Week
“They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.” ― Andy Warhol