You Are Invited To Take the Community Carbon Challenge

Create YOUR Personal Action Plan! Reduce your carbon footprint by 8% per year to reach the goal of 50% reduction by 2030. More information – here.

Add your business to the growing list that has said “Count us in”.

A big thank you to the Muskoka Chapter of the Retired Teachers of Ontario (RTO/ERO) who are supporting Climate Action Muskoka (CAM) with a financial donation to be used to promote the CAM 50% by 2030 Community Carbon Challenge. –  more

Political Action of the Week

CANADA IS ON FIRE! -We need to act like it! 
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July 29: As extreme heat and out-of-control wildfires grip the country, communities across Canada are rising up to demand real action on the climate emergency from our political leaders. People in Huntsville (pictured here, about 15 came out), Parry Sound and 40+ other communities gathered for this 350.org event to demand emergency-level action on the climate crisis. 

We’re bringing the heat of the climate crisis to our Members of Parliament.  We know that with an election around the corner, politicians are paying close attention. Dozens of MPs attended their local actions. Parry Sound-Muskoka MP Scott Aitchison was not expected to attend. It’s not too late to call Scott and demand his party call for emergency-level climate action. Click here to call.  There is a script.  It only takes 2 minutes.

The Good News Department

July 29 – A county on the northwest coast of Washington State has made a landmark decision to ban new fossil fuel development, reversing a trajectory that had it on course to become a gateway for oil, gas, and coal exports to Asia. read the story – here

July 14-Toronto City Council approves bold strategy to reduce emissions from existing buildings to net zero by 2050, updates Toronto Green Standard – Press release

July 8 = This week Lake of Bays and Bracebridge became the fourth and fifth Muskoka municipalities to declare a Climate Emergency.

June 28 – The Town of Huntsville unanimously passed a resolution to declare a Climate Emergency with the same strong targets as the District and Town of Gravenhurst resolutions.

During Earth Week 2021: Gravenhurst Council unanimously passed a resolution to declare a Climate Emergency. Find local media reactionhere. Find the resolution here

4 Hopeful Lessons from WWII to Confront Climate Change

This terrific video from Seth Klein is about getting Canadians to mobilize and treat climate change as an emergency like we did World War II. “All Canadians should see this,” says CAM supporter Gordon Laxer.

CAM endorses Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty
Picture of polluted sky with text: The Fossil Fuel Non-Profliferation Treaty

Climate Action Muskoka has endorsed the International Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty, joining thousands of municipalities and organizations around the world. Learn more

Greta speech to Austrian World Summit 2021
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Please take the seven minutes to listen to Greta.  She speaks truth. We all need to call out the runaround our political parties are giving us. We all need to get angry and demand that our leaders ‘ACT NOW!’  Listen.

Fridays For Future Climate Strikes

Our weekly IN-PERSON #FridaysForFuture climate strikes are back. Join us in Bracebridge at Memorial Park on Fridays, from 11:30 am – 12:30 pm!
Here are some pics from climate strikes past.

Support the climate strikers: @climateactionmuskoka #climateactionmuskoka #racetozero #50by2030 #fridaysforfuture #NoMoreEmptyPromises

Land acknowledgement

We acknowledge that Muskoka is part of the traditional territory of the Anishnaabeg, specifically Ojibway/Chippewa peoples.  The Chippewas of Rama First Nation were originally part of a larger community known as the Chippewas of Lake Simcoe and Lake Huron of which Chief William Yellowhead (or Musquakie) was recognized as principal chief.   The Wahta Mohawks Territory near Bala is home to peoples relocated to Muskoka, in 1881 from the Kanesatake, Oka, Quebec. Moose Deer Point First Nation is a Potawatomi First Nation Territory located along Twelve Mile Bay. They arrived in Southern Ontario in the 1830s from the American Mid-West. The Métis settled in the Moon River / Woods Bay area of Georgian Bay and have been an important part of the MacTier community since the early 1800’s.

learn more – here

What is Climate Action Muskoka?

We are individuals concerned about climate change in Muskoka. We agree that climate change is the issue of our time, that we can and must take definitive action to face it, and that we are stronger if we work together. We are an inclusive, non-partisan group that is all about positive change.

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We recognize that climate change is a global issue and that we must pressure all levels of government to stop subsidizing fossil fuels and invest in a clean, green, just economy.

We focus locally on education, community engagement to reduce emissions and collaboration with municipalities to build a more resilient community as Muskoka transitions to a post-carbon future.  We invite everyone in Muskoka concerned about climate change to get involved.