Working Hard in Our Backyard

Working Hard in Our Backyard

When it comes to climate change and the state of the environment, it’s common to think about what’s happening at the global level. Reports of severe weather, summer drought and threats of flooding are stories we see regularly on our national news channels, but do you know what’s being done locally to help improve our environment?

On Saturday, October 1 we’re hosting our annual ‘Friends of the Credit’ Stewardship Forum.  This year’s theme – Working Hard in Our Backyard: Nurturing Nature – will address work that is currently underway, ways you can get involved and what the future could look like with the right tools and leadership.

This year’s event will feature a keynote address by Nobel Laureate and Township of Amaranth Mayor Don MacIver, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007 with former U.S. Vice-President Al Gore for his work on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

The event includes sessions that address a variety of topics including water quality, natural heritage, invasive species and local climate change projects. The Forum concludes a with special presentation, The Case for Optimism on Climate Change, by CVC’s Andrew Kett. Andrew is one of over 10,000 volunteers in 135 countries personally trained by former U.S. Vice-President and Nobel Laureate Al Gore in climate science, communications and telling the story of climate change to inspire community action.

There’s no question that our landscape has changed over the years. We face important environmental issues in the Credit River watershed that are directly related to climate change. For example, changes in local temperature and rainfall accumulation have a direct effect on natural habitats. Some plant and animal species will adapt, others will decline, and some will alter their living arrangements. This increases the risk of invasive species.

These kinds of concerns are fuelling work right here in our own backyard. Collectively with partners and local residents, we are rolling up our sleeves and digging into the important environmental issues in an attempt to help reduce the effects of climate change.  The good news is everyone can get involved!

To learn more or to register, visit http://workinghardinourbackyard.eventbrite.ca.  Participants are asked to register by September 26th. Space is limited.

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