Write to Your Council!

Perth South, Perth East, West Perth, North Perth, St. Marys, and Stratford!

January 21, 2021

    Update Feb. 6: Perth County Council has delayed the vote for its portion of the shared funding to extend the contract of the Perth County Climate Change Coordinator. We hope councillors receive the information they require to make their decision soon, but we are disappointed that these communication problems show Council has done little to engage with the Climate Change Coordinator’s work since 2019. We are also concerned that some councillors used their lack of knowledge of the Climate Change Coordinator’s work to imply that not enough has been done. Thanks to The Beacon Herald for a follow-up article that outlines many of the huge tasks the Climate Change Coordinator has undertaken in her work with 7 councils and a management team. Please write the Perth County Council today, especially if you live in the county townships. Details to write, including the email address for the Perth County Council, are below.

    The Perth County Climate Change Coordinator’s contract is coming to an end on February 21st — right when we need leadership for implementing our local climate action plan.

    Please write within the next 7 days to urge your local council to extend the funding for the Perth County Climate Change Coordinator. To make it easy, we have prepared some points below and a list of email addresses and forms to reach councillors in the Townships of Perth South, Perth East, West Perth, and North Perth, the Town of St. Marys or the City of Stratford. Thank you! 

    As our Climate Change Coordinator, Rebecca Garlick has prepared greenhouse gas emissions counts for the county and all 6 municipalities, met with stakeholders, completed an online public consultation, and now has a draft action plan ready to present to all councils next month. But the job is not done!

    Now is time to implement our local climate action plan. Currently, all councils are looking at budget motions to contribute their portion of the shared funding to extend the Climate Change Coordinator’s contract.

      Let’s show our support for coordinated climate action in Perth County!

      We need you to send an email message to your councillors now — and especially if you live in Perth South, Perth East, West Perth and North Perth. (We have lots of Stratford residents on this email list > Please forward this message to your county friends!)

      What can you say in your friendly message to your representatives? 

      • Introduce yourself and share your own reasons for being concerned about climate change.
      • Encourage your councillors to vote to fund the contract extension for the Perth County Climate Change Coordinator.
      • Include one or two additional points to support your request > Several suggested points are listed below.
      • A list of email addresses is also below.

      In your email, you might also include one or two of these points to support your request:

      ♦ Note that there’s more value in the work of the last 2 years if we follow-up without delay: Over the last 2 years, the Climate Change Coordinator started building stakeholder relationships, engaged with the public, measured greenhouse gas emissions, put together data and reports, and prepared a detailed draft climate action plan for the entire county with customized sections for all 6 municipalities.

      ♦ Highlight the value in working cooperatively for both urban and rural climate solutions in Perth County

      ♦ Acknowledge the impact of the pandemic on finances and request that recovery efforts prioritize wellbeing and include climate resilience

      ♦ Note the more intense climate change impacts we can expect locally: more hot days and heat waves that create risks to people and livestock and also risks to crops from overwintering pests;  vulnerability to extreme weather, flooding, droughts, wind damage, and poor crop yields

      ♦ Emphasize the good business case for climate action:

      → Cost savings can be realized with improved energy efficiency, reduced maintenance and operating expenses, and by keeping pace with changes happening provincially and nationally to take advantage of grants available.

      → Implementing climate action will also build technical, strategic, and policy capacity while developing the local skills base for future climate action and adaptation needs.

      → Climate action expenses are good investments and smart asset management. They can improve economic performance in the future and help to avoid costly environmental risks and stresses on infrastructure.

      → Municipal climate action also builds community, improves health outcomes, and spurs local business and innovation.

      Email Addresses:

      Perth County Council: If you live in Perth South, Perth East, West Perth or North Perth, you can write to your township council (below) and also copy the Perth County Council. Find the email for the Warden at the bottom of this webpage to open an email form. Address your message to all of Council.

      Townships:

      Perth South: Find the name of Lizet Scott, Clerk of Perth South, on this directory and click for her email form. Address your message to all of Council

      Perth East: Find the name of Ashley Carter, Municipal Clerk, on this directory and click for her email form. Address your message to all of Council

      West Perth: Find the name of Carla Preston, Manager Legislative Services/Clerk, on this directory and click for her email form. Address your message to all of Council

      North Perth: Find the name of Patricia Berfelz, Clerk of North Perth, on this directory and click for her email form. Address your message to all of Council

      Town of St. Marys: Email care of the Clerk using this email form and address your message to all of Council

      City of Stratford: Email care of the Clerks Office using this e-mail form and address your message to all of Council