Community Engagement

Huntsville General Committee meeting – February 28

Climate Action Muskoka (CAM) delegated to the Huntsville councillors Wednesday to express community support for real climate action that will drive down fossil fuel pollution. Having been invited to delegate, CAM reviewed why escalating climate impacts require urgent action. 

CAM also presented results from two climate surveys – one carried out by the District of Muskoka and the other an International Gallop Poll (see above) – that show citizens are demanding that their governments act to lower climate-heating greenhouse gas emissions and, surprisingly, that they are willing to pay more taxes and even to contribute personal income to get the task done!

Thank you to the 50+ community members who came out to support our delegation.

District of Muskoka Strategic Plan 2023-2026.

What One Person Can Do! Bravo, Al Bottomley!

Highway 413 protestors with signs

If you have attended—or driven past—climate strikes in Muskoka or Sundridge you might well recognize the gentleman in the Extinction Rebellion sweatshirt above. Al Bottomley is a dedicated environmental activist and CAM supporter. (Beside him here is his grandson Angus.)

Al recently completed the Herculean task of visiting multiple municipal councils between Huntsville and North Bay to talk climate. He has addressed councils in Perry, Kearney, Monteith-Mcmurrich (Sprucedale), Armour, Burk’s Falls, Strong, Magnetawan, Ryerson, Sundridge, South River, and Macher. In Perry and Burk’s Falls Al was suppported by CAM climate strikers Sue King and Christine Lauffer respectively. Congrats to all.

Al reports that, “Basically, they all agreed to make a serious attempt to end fossil fuel consumption by 2035. Only one [council] did not agree; but, 40% of the councillors in this group did.” Al is currently exploring the possibility of holding a regional meeting to further climate action. Al, we commend you for your hard work and dedication. You are an inspiration! 

EngageMuskoka – online engagement sites

District of Muskoka’s online engagement site , allows you to contribute your ideas and feedback on municipal issues and projects important to you!

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