‘The township can develop into a climate leader’: Clearview Township begins work on tackling climate crisis
Ward 2 Coun. Doug McKechnie put forward a motion to declare a climate crisis. – Doug McKechnie photo
From Simcoe.com, June 17, 2022
By Ian Adams
Clearview Township has taken the first step toward tackling climate change.
In a unanimous vote at its June 13 meeting, council approved a recommendation that recognizes “a climate crisis exists” and sets the municipality on a course to create a committee focused on the issue.
In May, council had previously approved a motion declaring a climate crisis, directing chief administrative officer John Ferguson to outline next steps on how the township could reduce carbon emissions and weave the issue of climate change into the municipality’s strategic plan review.
Ferguson’s recommendation, approved on June 13, also directs him to initiate a community engagement discussion with service clubs, business organizations and the township’s community hall boards, and schedule a workshop with council and staff on community economic development.
Ferguson said the recommendation represents direction he has received from council under his performance review, as well as the climate change emergency motion that had been presented by Ward 2 Coun. Doug McKechnie.
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