Haliburton County wraps up first climate change survey

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There are only a few days left to contribute to the County’s first of two community climate change surveys. 

The online questionnaire, closing May 30, polls Highlanders on which areas the County should prioritize as it develops a Community Climate Action Plan.

 “Your input will help to determine what issues related to climate change are important to our community, and this will set the stage for developing a plan that focuses on local priorities and creates local benefits,” states the survey introduction.

 Some local environmental groups such as the Haliburton Highlands Land Trust (HHLT) are urging Highlanders to take part. 

“A healthy environment is a healthy economy,” said HHLT board member Sheila Ziman.

 She said the Land Trust’s work on the Highlands Corridor directly relates to the climate concerns.

 “We need to look at the big picture and protect large corridors for wildlife and habitat,” she said. Wetlands absorb greenhouse gases like methane and carbon dioxide.

 A second survey will be available later this summer, which will focus on how Highlanders would like to see the County lower greenhouse gas emissions. 

The survey can be found here.