Opportunities to Develop Climate Ready Projects in Your Community

Opportunities to Develop Climate Ready Projects in Your Community

Many groups know that climate change could be an issue in their community, but don’t really know how to get going or what they can do. Unpredictable weather events as a result of climate change can make protection and restoration projects more difficult to pursue and accomplish successfully.

The goal of the Freshwater Future Climate Program is to help you make your community more resilient to the impacts of climate change. In order to train groups on the issue of climate change, we offer webinars and symposia to provide information and guidance that pertains to the Great Lakes region. Through our trainings we have climate experts on board to provide a basis of information on climate change along with helping to steer groups in the right direction. Our trainings help groups to connect with other groups and offers a platform for discussion and guidance as to how they can incorporate climate into the work they are already doing.

It is important to remember that with a changing and unpredictable climate, what may have worked in the past in terms of restoration and protection may no longer hold true. Now is the time to think about how climate is or can affect your community and your precious watersheds. And Freshwater Future is here to help.

Freshwater Future’s Spring 2011 Climate Symposium will be held on May 6th and 7th at the Centre for Social Innovation in Toronto, Ontario. The success of our previous symposium keeps us energized for our second symposium on climate change. We look forward to connecting with Ontario groups and any other groups interested in learning about climate change and what they can do about it in their own communities. The event is free and housing may be provided upon request but the meeting space will be limited to 20-25 participants. If you or your organization is interested in the spring symposium please contact Kara at (231) 348- 8200 or kara@freshwaterfuture.org.

Our Climate Grant Program provides up to $5,000 for restoration or protection for lakes, rivers, wetlands and other watershed projects that will make communities better prepared to handle the impacts of climate change, and either communicate that information to the community, or work to incorporate climate change into local decision-making. To learn more about this program and how you can apply please visit the Grant Programs section of our website, www.freshwaterfuture. org.



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