About Us


An engaged community, building a net zero-carbon and resilient place to live, work and play and where the natural ecosystems on which all life depends are valued and conserved.


The mission of the Network is to connect, co-ordinate, facilitate, initiate and support collaborative efforts and actions by and for the community to address the impacts of climate change through both mitigation and adaptation measures.

Values & Principles

Our work is guided by the common good that includes all living things and the natural environment.

Local action is required to reverse global warming.

Science-based decision-making and traditional Indigenous knowledge are critical to addressing climate change.

We encourage respectful dialogue, building bridges and finding common ground.

We believe in and practice inclusion.

Stories, experiences, knowledge and tools inspire and enable us to take concrete deep action.

All people have the right and responsibility to participate in solving climate change challenges.

We believe in the strength of community.

We act in a manner that respects and protects the physical, mental and spiritual well-being of people and the natural environment.


To reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by at least 55% by 2030 to keep within the 1.5C increase beyond which we risk run-away climate change.

To determine priorities and implement action plans for moving forward to address climate change.

To educate all segments of our communities on the local and broader impacts and solutions for climate change.

To develop partnerships and expert-resources to develop local solutions.

To cultivate, engage and support volunteers in community action on the environment.

To create and manage the Network to engage, enable and support broad-based community actions.


Emily Pearlman – Outreach and Member Engagement
Emily has worked for the past 15 years as a theatre artist, educator and events producer. Currently at CNL and as an Artistic Associate at the Ottawa Children’s Festival she is interested in making experiences that bring together intergenerational groups of people and develop their relationship to place and each other. With an MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts, she has taught at University of Ottawa and Algonquin College. She lives in Almonte where she spends much of her time with her two small kids, learning to love all types of weather, and attempting to identify birds, plants and construction vehicles.

Jay Young – Special Initiatives
Jay Young lives outside Clayton, Ontario and is a husband and father of two boys. As project manager with Carebridge Community Support, he leads the development of the Neighbourhood Tomato Community Farm initiative. Jay also works with Climate Network Lanark providing support in the development of their Nature-based Climate Solutions and assistance to bring the Alternative Land Use Services (ALUS) program to Lanark County. Prior to these roles, he was the project manager of Generation SDG for the United Nations Association in Canada, and throughout his professional career, he has been an editor, a writer, an educator and a manager, from the House of Commons to Canada’s first Forest School.

Susan Brandum – Co-Founder and Coordinator
Before moving to Port Elmsley 25 years ago, Sue was a specialist energy writer and the volunteer manager of the Coalition for a Green Economic Recovery. She co-authored the underground bestseller, Get A Life! She became the general manager of REAL, delivering programs that helped local residents improve their energy efficiency, naturalize their yards and shorelines, manage their wells and septic systems and reuse goods when she established the REAL Deal Reuse Store. Sue grew up mainly in Shawville, Quebec

Gord Harrison – Co-Founder and Coordinator
Gord Harrison enjoyed a long career as an environment and climate change educator, working locally, nationally and internationally. He served as the Director of Education programs for the Pembina Institute, and Executive Director of the GreenLearning Canada Foundation. Locally he developed a state of the environment report for the Stewardship Council and a strategic plan for the County’s Community Forests. Gord is a Director of the Lanark County Stewardship Council. “Connecting with place/the land infomed my work as an educator, grounds me mentally and spiritually, and is at the heart of CNL.” Gord lives at Indigo Wood (named after the Indigo Buntings that nest there) with two-footed and four-footed family.


100 Years of Electricity

100 Years of Electricity

The Era’s ‘100 years ago’ page last month showed that after a referendum to see whether Lanark wanted to ‘be electrified’ nine householders signed up to have their homes wired - at their own expense! – so they could hook up to the hydro service.  Things went pretty...

Leave them with Scott!

Leave them with Scott!

Would you like your fall leaves to be used to help Almonte area farmers regenerate healthy soil? As part of my personal attempt to address the climate emergency, I have been learning from the work of a professor in New Mexico how to produce a very special type of...

Learn to Love the Carbon Tax

Learn to Love the Carbon Tax

Driving or walking around town, I am struck by the number of households that have chosen to rip up the front lawn and replace it with all manner of vegetables, shrubs and flowers. I like to think of these innovative individuals as a new kind of homesteader, breaking...

Meet Local Climate Leader Sue Brandum

Meet Local Climate Leader Sue Brandum

Sue Brandum is a local climate leader who has been instrumental in creating the Climate Network Lanark (full name Climate Action Network of Lanark County, Smiths Falls and Region). In this month’s column, she talks about her background, how she came to be so involved...