Gravenhurst Council Declares Climate Emergency
At its Tuesday Gravenhurst Council meeting approved a Climate Emergency resolution brought by Climate Action Muskoka (CAM). Gravenhurst is the first Town in Muskoka to declare a Climate Emergency, inline with a similar resolution by the District of Muskoka. The town will align its greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction goals with the District’s targets - reducing its emissions 50% by 2030, reaching zero by 2050.
Climate Action Muskoka co-founder Sue McKenzie stressed the urgency of taking action, noting that in 2018 the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) gave us just 11 years to take significant action to limit global heating before planetary tipping points are reached. This has now shrunk to 9 years.
Councillor Sandy Cairns, who seconded the motion, stressed the importance of putting Gravenhurst on the map as a community moving forward on climate action.
Mayor Paul Kelly stressed the importance of collaboration among the municipalities, noting that area CAOs are already working on a plan to co-ordinate actions.
Climate Action Muskoka will be asking the other lower-tier governments in Muskoka to pass the same resolution over the next few months.