Weekly Newsletter

We send out a newsletter every Thursday evening; confirming our weekly climate strikes and keeping you informed about what’s happening in climate action in Muskoka and beyond. Additionally, we very occasionally send a special alert if we have news that just can’t wait.

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Our Weekly Newsletter

September 16, 2021 — Fridays for Future Climate Strikes — Huntsville & Bracebridge Political Action of the Week: Monday Sept 20 — VOTE CLIMATE | This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs Climate with Naomi Klein — September 27 | Planet Haliburton podcast — Ecological Overshoot with William Rees.
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September 9, 2021 — Fridays for Future Climate Strikes — Huntsville & Bracebridge | Pictures & thank you from Canada Is Still On Fire — Vote Climate Day of Action September 8, 2021 | Political Action of the Week — Get Informed. A comparison of 2021 Federal Party Platforms on Climate | Carbon Capture and Storage ‘Honest Government Ad’
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September 2, 2021 — Political Action of the Week: Join us in Bracebridge, Huntsville, Gravenhurst and Parry Sound for Canada On Fire Day of Action September 8 | Fridays for Future Climate Strike in Bracebridge September 10 | What Does Climate Action Have To Do With the Land Back Movement? | Grassroots Organizers and a Group of Arizona Moms Helped This School District Get Its First Electric Bus.
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August 26, 2021 — Fridays for Future Climate Strike in Bracebridge | Community Carbon Challenge — Don’t Upgrade Your Phone (Yet!) | Political Action of the Week – Mark Your Calendars and Start Your Signs! | Meet the 2021 Federal Candidates for Parry Sound Muskoka | Visit the Elections Canada Online Service | Making Fossil Fuels History: Can renewables get us there? SCAN! Webinar.
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August 19, 2021 — Fridays for Future Climate Strikes in Bracebridge | Canada On Fire — Day of Action, September 8, 2021 | Political Action of the Week: Tell the Feds What Just Transition Means To You | Planet Haliburton podcast: Big Fossil and the Climate Emergency | Quick ‘n Delish — Black Bean & Corn Salsa.
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August 12, 2021 — Fridays for Future Climate Strikes in Bracebridge | IPCC Sixth Assessment Report on Climate Change: 2021 The Physical Science Basis | IPCC Report Summary (PDF link) | From 350.0rg: Here’s what you need to know about the new IPCC report on the Climate Crisis | Speaking of turning up the heat…. Political Action of the Week: A Pre-election Letter to the Editor Demanding Urgent Action on Climate | Making Fossil Fuels History: Can Renewables Get Us There? Let’s Talk About Canada! Wednesday August 18, 7pm ET.
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August 5, 2021 — Fridays for Future Climate Strikes in Bracebridge | Political Action of the Week: Calling on CAM Supporters to Help Distribute CCC Posters and Bookmarks | We Should Do This: City of Toronto Updates Green Standard – Building Code | Planet Haliburton Podcast: Car Wars |Take an eBike for a Spin
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July 29, 2021 — Fridays for Future Climate Strikes in Bracebridge | Political Action of the Week: Nation-wide Action: CANADA IS ON FIRE! ACT LIKE IT! | 4 Hopeful Lessons from WWII to Confront Climate Change | Indigenous Canada — Online learning from University of Alberta | Quick N Delish — Wildberry Muffins | Take an eBike for a Spin.
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July 22, 2021 — Fridays for Future Climate Strikes in Bracebridge | Political Action of the Week: Tell the District of Muskoka What Community Safety and Wellbeing Means To You! | A new video: IT’S OUR H2O created by Legh with music by Rob Currie and Bet Smith. | CAM Endorses Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty. | One omission: Len’s latest 50% by 2030 CCC illustration. It’s so easy to sign up!
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July 15, 2021 — Fridays for Future Climate Strikes in Bracebridge | Many thanks to the Retired Teachers of Ontario, Muskoka Chapter, which last Friday presented Climate Action Muskoka with funding and support to help educate the community and encourage uptake for the Community Carbon Challenge | Political Action of the Week: Not signed up yet? | Re-Imagining the Future: Urban Green Space in Muskoka | Majority of Oil Patch Workers Believe Canada Should Pivot to Net Zero Economy | Toronto City Council votes by overwhelming majority (22-2) to endorse the Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty to phase out fossil fuels and fast track a fair energy transition.
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July 8, 2021 — Confirming Fridays for Future climate strikes in Bracebridge. | Political Action of the Week – Heat and Fires Everywhere | Greta speech to Austrian World Summit 2021 | More Kudos in Order! Lake of Bays Council and Bracebridge Council Declared a Climate Emergency This Week! | Low-speed chase: Why Ontario communities are pursuing a new kind of vehicle.
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July 1, 2021 — Fridays for Future Climate Strikes in Bracebridge | Some thoughts on Canada Day | Author and CAM supporter David Bruce Patterson receives Bracebridge Community Arts and Culture Award | Let’s ‘Pack the Lake of Bays Meeting’ Digitally, Muskoka! | Kudos to Huntsville Town Council for Passing a Climate Emergency Resolution |Take the Boating Survey — Deadline July 12 | Listen again to the Planet Haliburton episode, The Liberal Climate Action Formula: The Missing Renewables and Fatal Fission Attraction, with Paul McKay.
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June 24, 2021 — Fridays for Future climate strikes in Bracebridge | Buildings as a Solution to the Climate Crisis, a presentation to Huntsville Council — Wednesday, June 30, 9am | 50% by 2030 Community Carbon Challenge: Support the Circular Economy | Political Action of the Week: Read the 94 Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission | Muskoka Drawdown — Host Wanted! | Re-Imagining the Future: Food in Muskoka. Pictured above: Len Ring debuts his new sign as we return to climate striking in person in Bracebridge. Friday June 18, 2021.
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June 17, 2021 — In-person climate strikes resume in Bracebridge tomorrow! Note there is no in-person climate strike in Huntsville at this time. | An open letter to MPP Norm Miller and Premier Doug Ford: CAM Opposes Expansion of Natural Gas Pipeline | Political Action of the Week: Tell Miller and Ford How You Feel | Quick N Delish: Southwest Quinoa Salad | Re-Imagining the Future: Turning Muskoka’s main street into green street. Pictured above: Rosemary McGuire climate striking in Huntsville last year. (And by home retrofits, we’re pretty sure she didn’t mean expanded natural gas pipelines. 😉)
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June 10, 2021 — In-person climate strikes resume June 18! | Township of Muskoka Lakes and Township of Lake of Bays residents: We need your support | Coming soon: 50% by 2030 Community Carbon Challenge for Local Businesses and Community Groups | Planet Haliburton: Settler Climate Activist Support for Indigenous Climate Action | Invitation: Breaking Boundaries, Post Growth & The Future We Choose — June 21, 10:30 am. Pictured above: Christine Lauffer posted this on the CAM Facebook page on May 28. ‘Support your local farmers as much as possible,’ she says. With local farmer’s markets opening up again, there’s lots of opportunity to do so. (We don’t know her young assistant’s name, but what a cutie!)
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June 3, 2021 — Truth—a word about the revelation of the finding of children’s remains at a former residential school. | Online climate strikes | Please attend CAM BB presentation June 8 | Political Action of the Week: Sustainable Tourism | Is working from home reducing your carbon footprint? Webinar June 10.
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May 27, 2021 — Online #FridaysForFuture climate strikes | Political Action of the Week: Calling all Town of Bracebridge and Township of Muskoka Lakes residents — We need your support | Reimagining the Future: Your environmental footprint in a digital world, by Rob McPhee in MuskokaRegion.com | 50% by 2030 Community Carbon Challenge: A call to action at every level | Ticks and Lyme Disease: A TICKing time bomb in Eastern Ontario—June 8 | It’s the End of Oil: Blockbuster International Energy Agency Report Urges No New Fossil Development.
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May 20, 2021 — Online climate strikes | 50% by 2030 — Take the pledge! | Political Action of the Week: Watch the live stream of the Huntsville General Committee Meeting on May 26 to support CAM’s Climate Emergency Declaration | Muskoka Steamships & Discovery Centre presents: Imagining a Good Future for our Lakes Despite Climate Change — Dr. Norman Yan, May 27 | Muskoka Drawdown Podcast of Land Use: Georgian Bay Mnidoo Gamii Biosphere episode now available.
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May 13, 2021 — Climate strikes online | Georgian Bay Mnidoo Gamii Biosphere on Muskoka Drawdown — Listen in this Saturday | Muskoka and Gravenhurst Climate Emergencies on the World Stage | Political Action of the Week: We need your voice! Lobby for a Climate Emergency Declaration | Muskoka Steamships & Discovery Centre presents: Indigenous Perspective: Connecting with the Natural World — May 20 | 50% by 2030 Community Carbon Challenge — Choose People-Powered Recreational Vehicles.
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May 6, 2021 — Climate strike online | Political Action of the Week – Lobby for a Climate Emergency Declaration | MSCD Speaker Series – Climate Change, is this really such a big deal in Muskoka? May 13 | EH! Enviro Cafe – My Shoreline, Our Lake, May 11 (The date is incorrect in the e-newsletter. Apologies!) | Reimagining the Future: Food Waste in Muskoka, by Amy Snow. And a fun video from a Belgian bus company.
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April 29, 2021 — Climate strikes online | Political Action of the Week: Fight for $15 and Fairness Justice for Workers Rally, May 1 | 50% by 2030 Community Carbon Challenge: Restore the Dark Sky | Quick N Delish : Easy Lentil Shepherd’s Pie | MSDC Speaker Series: Terrestrial Spaces and Education on Climate Change, May 6 | 10 things to know about Gravenhurst’s climate action strategy.
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April 22, 2021 — Climate strikes online | Happy Earth Day! Video | Gravenhurst declares climate emergency | Political Action of the Week — Say Thank You! | Vibrant Voices webinar | Climate activist Xiye Bastida at the Leaders Climate Summit.
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Picture of Sue McKenzie with sign reading "I want a climate emergency alliance"
April 15, 2021 — Climate strikes online | Muskoka Steamships & Discovery Centre’s new digital webinar series Love Muskoka — Sustain Muskoka! | Dianne Saxe, April 22 | Political Action of the Week — Invest in your own climate action education | Bracebridge Public [Seed] Library | 50% by 2030 Community Carbon Challenge — Active Transportation for Muskoka | Reimagining the Future — Oliver Klimek’s humourous column on keeping warm while reducing your carbon footprint | Poverty Free Halton — Community Conversations: Reawakening the Commons | Learning About Miiskiikenh – Turtles, a webinar with the Georgian Bay Biosphere and Magnetawan First Nation. Turtley awesome!
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April 8, 2021 — Climate strike online | Reimagining the future: What is old is new again in Muskoka | 50% by 2030 Community Carbon Challenge — We CAN get there | Planet Haliburton Podcast : The Liberal Climate Action Formula and report: The Liberal Climate Action Formula: A Recipe for Failure | Protect the Greenbelt | Potentials and Pitfalls of Climate Responsible Investment — Webinar April 15.
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April 1, 2021 — Climate strikes moving online – again | New 50% by 2030 Community Carbon Challenge — Rewilding | Alternative housing proposal for Huntsville | Political action of the week: Read up on the new alternative housing proposal | CAM presenting Climate Emergency Resolution to Gravenhurst Town Council April 20 | Muskoka to Six Nations Good Friday Solidarity Caravan – email to make a donation | Carbon Pricing on Trial: Unpacking the Supreme Court Decision and What it Means for Canada | Cycling: Better for the environment than e-vehicles.
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Climate Strikers in Bracebridge.
March 25, 2021 — #FridaysforFuture climate strikes in Bracebridge and Huntsville | Canada’s Climate Action Plan: The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly – Watch the webinar replay | 50% by 2030 Community Carbon Challenge – There are still people Canada who don’t believe climate change is real. Yep, in 2021. | Looking for a good online EV charger Map? | Muskoka to Six Nations Good Friday Solidarity Campaign | Getting Your Garden Started — Webinar April 8.
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March 18, 2021 — Political Action of the Week: Join us for Global Day of Climate Action tomorrow! | Canada’s Climate Action Plan: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly | Re-Imagining the Future: New column in Muskoka Region | The Grid > SPEEDIER, this Saturday on Muskoka Drawdown | 50% by 2030 Community Carbon Challenge: The Carbon Footprint of your Refrigerator | Business Bootcamp for New Farmers: Registration is open!
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March 11, 2021 — In-person climate strikes resume tomorrow | #FFF Global Strike for Climate is March 19 – CAM will be there! Join us! | Canada’s Climate Action Plan: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly | Quick N Delish — Bean “Meat” Balls and Spaghetti | 50% by 2030 Community Carbon Challenge: Dad, what if we get there before 2030? | Political action of the week: Say No to Schedule 3 in Bill 257 | Shaping Future Work | Spotted on Instagram: A gym that generates clean energy.
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Picture  of the Climate Action Muskoka banner at Memorial Park in Bracebridge
March 4, 2021 — Climate Strikes go back online | Political Action of the Week: Lobby Muskoka car dealerships for EVs | New 50% by 2030 Community Carbon Challenge: Make your next vehicle electric | Environment Haliburton! Enviro-Café: Lakeshore Capacity—Planning for Healthy Lakes and Shorelines with Neil Hutchinson | Mobilzing Canada for the Climate Emergency, an interview with author Seth Klein | Climate Legacy — Connecting Seniors to Climate Action | Electric Maid of the Mist | Canada: A Leader in Electric School Buses.
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February 25, 2021 — In-person Fridays for Future climate strikes return | Political action of the week: encourage a Muskoka business to join the 50% by 2030 Community Carbon Challenge | Hats off to four businesses that have taken the pledge | Check out our new Carbon 101 section on the CAM website | Texas Freeze & Muskoka Flooding — What we can learn | Carbon bombs, Canada & Climate: An interview with Bill McKibben.
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February 18, 2021 — Fridays for Future online climate strikes | Political Action of the Week – Save the Ontario Fire College | Blue Green Algae, the good, the bad and the ugly – webinar link | 50% by 2030 Challenge – the Carbon Footprint of Food | New report(s) on transitioning to a fossil fuel-free Canada.
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February 11, 2021 —  Confirming digital climate strikes | Presentation on GHG Emissions from Residential Building Materials | Political Action of the Week: Bring The Northlander Back | Invitation to sign the Manifesto of the Canadian Business Youth Council for Sustainable Development | Have You Signed Up for the 50% by 2030 Community Carbon Challenge?
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Picture of Darwen doing art with sign reading "Fossil Banks No Thanks!!"
February 4, 2021 — Confirming weekly online climate strikes | Introducing Quick N Delish | Political Action of the Week — Voice your opposition to MZOs | New 50% by 2030 Challenge — Grow your own vegetables.
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January 28, 2021. Fridays for Future online climate strikes | Blue-Green Algae: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly on Planet Haliburton on Canoe 100.9 FM Saturday January 30 and as a virtual presentation on Environment Haliburton! EH!’s Enviro-Café, Tuesday February 9 | Community-Driven Action in Muskoka – A Webinar, Wednesday February 3 | Political Action of the Week: Fossil Banks? No Thanks! National Day of Action, Friday January 29.
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January 21, 2021. Online Climate Strike Info | Muskoka Drawdown — Food Waste > Food Rescue | Political Action of the Week — BankSwitch | New 50% by 2030 Community Carbon Challenge — Shop Local | Damaging Effects of Winter Salt on Trees — From Muskoka Region.
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January 14, 2021 | No In-Person Climate Strikes until further notice | Take Your Climate Strike Online — BankSwitch Campaign | Brief report on CAM’s latest meeting | Kudos to CAM volunteers from District climate staffer | How to be a Good Ancestor — TED Talk.
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Picture of a group of climate strikers in Huntsville Ontario. December 2020.
January 7, 2021 | We’re baaack! Climate strikes resume tomorrow! And other CAM news. Here’s our latest newsletter. Muskoka Region looks at CAM for 2021 | Invitation to join us for our 2021 planning meeting and BankSwitch campaign presentation Jan 10 | Bet Smith’s new song and video — Forgive You | New 50% by 2030 Community Carbon Challenge: Repair EVERYTHING.
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December 31, 2020 — Happy New Year, everyone! | We will NOT be climate striking tomorrow (January 1) | Make the 50% by 2030 Community Carbon Challenge your New Year’s Resolution | Save the Date—CAM Planning Meeting and BankSwitch Campaign Presentation January 10 | NCSE Drawdown 2021 Conference January 5-9 (Free Jan 7-9) | A Conversation on the Crisis of Climate Feedback Loops, with the Dalai Lama, Greta Thunberg and leading scientists.
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December 24, 2020 — Happy holidays from all of us at CAM. | We will NOT be climate striking on Friday December 25 or Friday January 1, 2021. | CAM’s Muskoka Drawdown—Green Houses, podcast now available | A New Leaf: Muskoka’s Climate Strategy gets the green light from District Council | Webinar: #GenClimateAction — How youth-led climate litigation is making Canadian legal history.
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Climate change Christmas cartoon from New York Times
December 18, 2020 | Above: Climate change Christmas cartoon from New York Times. | Make Your Own Ugly Holiday Sweater | Political action of the week – Sign Lead Now’s ‘Cancel TMX’ petition | ASHMuskoka Ash Drive this Saturday | Muskoka Watershed Council wants to hear from you! | Update: A New Leaf—Muskoka’s Climate Strategy returns to District Council on December 21.
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December 10, 2020 | Lesley and Oliver climate striking in Huntsville. In this issue: Confirming tomorrow’s climate strikes in Bracebridge and Huntsville | Invitation to Virtual Christmas Concert | New 50% by 2030 Challenge – The Carbon Footprint of What you Wear | Political Action of the Week – Shop Local! | Len Ring’s latest Letter to the Editor | The Paris Climate Accord — Five Years On.
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December 3, 2020 | Confirming tomorrow’s climate strikes in Bracebridge and Huntsville | Congratulations to Linda Mathers for volunteer award | Have you taken the 50% by 2030 Community Carbon Challenge? | Political Action of the week: BankSwitch — Pressure Canadian Banks to Stop Funding Fossil Fuels.
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November 26, 2020 | Confirming climate strikes in Huntsville and Bracebridge on Friday November 27 | A New Leaf, Muskoka’s Climate Strategy | Special Guests at Muskoka Watershed Council Meeting | Political Action of the Week: Take a Stand Against Plastic | New for 50% by 2030 Community Carbon Challenge — The ‘Foodprint’ of Food Packaging | Canada must not continue to miss climate action targets – Letter to the editor by CAM’s Lesley Hastie.
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November 19, 2020 | Confirming Fridays for Future Climate Strikes in Huntsville and Bracebridge | ASHMuskoka Drive this Saturday | Political Action of the Week — Conservation Authorities Under Threat | Got an Old Car? Donate it to the Sierra Club Foundation | On the Brink — Animals Facing Extinction.
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November 12, 2020. Climate strikers in Bracebridge. Be a hero. Take climate action now. Click image to view newsletter. Opens in a new browser tab.

November 5, 2020. Climate strikers at Town Hall in Huntsville. Click image to view newsletter. Opens in a new browser tab.

October 29, 2020. Location of Fridays for Future climate strikes in this part of Ontario. Click image to view newsletter. Opens in a new browser tab.

October 22, 2020. Len’s new 50% by 2030 Community Carbon Challenge banner. Click image to view newsletter. Opens in a new browser tab.

October 15, 2020. Climate striking at Memorial Park in Bracebridge. Click image to view newsletter. Opens in a new browser tab.

October 8, 2020. Climate strikers in Huntsville. Click image to view newsletter. (Pictures are the same but the newsletters are different.) Opens in a new browser tab.

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September 24, 2020. Bracebridge climate strikers. Click image to view newsletter. Opens in a new browser tab.

September 17, 2020. Climate striking in Huntsville. Click link to view newsletter. Opens in a new browser tab.

September 10, 2020. One year of climate strikes (more or less, given the pandemic.) This picture is from September 2019. Click image to view newsletter. Opens in a new browser tab.

September 3, 2020. Linda at the climate strike in Bracebridge. Click image to view newsletter. Opens in a new browser tab.