Welcome to the Lakeshore Eco-Network. We plant trees and protect natural areas to fight climate change on the Lake Huron coast. Please join us!
LEN Wants You!
Recently the LEN Board approved a draft strategic plan, developed by the consultant Rosalind Chang hired as a result of our Community Support Recovery Fund grant (thanks, Canada!). “LEN has been around since 2015 and we’ve done some good things,” says co-chair Max Morden. “But we know there’s more we can and should be doing in the face of the worsening climate crisis and biodiversity loss. This plan is a first step.”
Here are some highlights from the plan:
Vision: A region where biodiversity flourishes and net carbon emissions are reduced to zero
Mission: LEN raises awareness about issues of biodiversity loss and the climate crisis, and advocates for effective action. We work primarily in the municipalities of Lambton Shores, South Huron, and Bluewater.
- Some of our key goals and objectives:
- Raise awareness of biodiversity loss and the climate crisis in our area through education and advocacy
- Provide an opportunity for members and other local residents to meaningfully engage in environmental issues
- Achieve charitable status in the next 18 months
- Build partnerships with like-minded organizations
- Develop a calendar of diverse events and activities
- Develop four committees: Connecting to Nature, Promoting Active Transportation, Local Climate Action, and Local Government Policy
- Advocate for local action on climate change and biodiversity loss at local governments in our region
The four new committees are now recruiting members – people with bright ideas and lots of energy to address environmental challenges in our region. To learn more and get involved, connect with one or more of the contacts below:
Connecting to Nature- Janet Kurasz, firstname.lastname@example.org
Active transportation – Carolyn Young, email@example.com
Local Government Policy- James Corcoran, firstname.lastname@example.org
Local Climate Change- Pat Morden, email@example.com
Protected Areas Report
In 2021 the Ontario government appointed a working group of conservation experts to “identify opportunities to protect and conserve more natural areas.” Now the report and recommendations are complete. The report urges immediate action, proposes a strategic framework for expanding natural areas and calls for a “steadfast commitment from the top.” To learn more, visit https://ontarionature.org/protected-areas-working-group-report-blog/
Advocating for an Environmental Advisory Committee in Lambton Shores
Check out our article about the proposed EAC here . Our presentation to Council took place on March 14, where it was referred for further study. So far — nothing!