The Back Story

Climate Emergency Declaration

December

 *NEW* – On Monday, December 21, the darkest day of 2020, Muskoka District Council brought light, hope, and the best Christmas present ever to the people of Muskoka, unanimously passing A New Leaf: Muskoka’s Climate Strategy to address the Climate Crisis, with a goal of ensuring a safe, just and healthy future. Read our media release – here

Stay tuned! – Endorsements are still welcome.

November

Our resolution is on its way back to Muskoka District Council as part of the District’s A New Leaf: Muskoka’s Climate Strategy after the report received unanimous support from the District Community and Planning Services committee (CPSC) at its meeting Thursday Nov 19, 2020. See our media release-here.

October

Saturday October 10, 2020 – Climate Action Muskoka (CAM) will be presenting its Climate Emergency Declaration resolution to Muskoka District Council Monday, October 19 at 3 pm. CAM member Melinda Zytaruk will delegate digitally on behalf of CAM to the Council, after which a vote to declare a Climate Emergency will take place. See our media release – here.

On Monday October 19, 2020, the District Council of Muskoka unanimously passed a watered-down Climate Emergency Declaration.  The resolution passed was not the same resolution put forward by Climate Action Muskoka (CAM). See our media release- here. Our resolution has been referred back to the Community Planning and Services Committee meeting in November and will return in some form to full council in December.

Local media reaction
DISTRICT’S ‘CLIMATE EMERGENCY’ HOLLOW VICTORY FOR CLIMATE ACTION MUSKOKA – Mark Clairmont | MuskokaTODAY.com October 20, 2020 – here
‘We’re years too late’:Muskoka declares climate emergency in 2020 – District of Muskoka council declares climate emergency and sends Climate Action Muskoka resolution to committee for further review. – Alison Brownlee –  MuskokaRegion.com Monday, October 19, 2020 – here

September

Declaration of a Climate Emergency, Digital delegation on behalf of Climate Action Muskoka September 24, 2020 to the Community Planning and Services Committee, originally scheduled for March 19 pre-COVID.

February

Declaration of Climate Emergency Resolution – 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. – See our February 21, 2020 – media release –here.

Presentation postponed due to Covid-19