Climate Change
in Lanark County



What science is guiding the decision making around Climate Change in Canada?

The Canadian Institute for Climate Choices provides a research based framework for decision making.

What is Lanark County doing about Climate Change?

Lanark County’s Climate Action Plan is being created in consultation with Climate Network Lanark. For the County’s up to date Climate news, you can join their facebook page.
Many of the municipalities in Lanark have their own Climate Action Plans. This includes Perth, and Tay Valley Township. Plans are in development for Carleton Place and Smiths Falls.

What are the main climate issues in my community?

The Climate Atlas of Canada can be searched by region, and combines climate science, mapping and storytelling to show changes to our area and projects created in response to those changes. 

How is Lanark doing in comparison with other municipalities?

This map includes all Ontario municipalities that have included climate-related language in their official plans and/or zoning by-laws.

What do Canadians think about Climate Change?

This map shows the opinion across the country. 


How can I make my voice heard in the development of Lanark County’s Climate Policies?

Stay informed about your municipality’s Climate Policies by:

  • Reading the council minutes.
  • Showing up for consultation processes.
  • Showing up to meetings where climate policy is being introduced.

You can join your municipal mailing lists here: Carleton Place, Mississippi Mills, Montague, Perth, Smiths Falls, Tay Valley. Or check the meeting minutes for Beckwith, Drummond North Elmsley, Lanark Highlands.


Who is already doing work around Climate Action in Lanark County and how can I join them? 

Join one of Climate Network Lanark’s Working Groups. We are always looking for new members to join our working groups.  Some working group members are field specialists, and some are concerned citizens with an interest in the area who are looking for concrete ways to contribute. We invite you to contact us to find a fit for your skills and interests, or explore some of the following working groups:

Join your municipality’s Environmental/Climate advisory committees. They currently exist in Perth,  Carleton Place, or Tay Valley

There are many groups working in Lanark County who are taking Climate Action with their work. Larger organizations include: 


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...