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Sunday, August 2, 2020

Farmers Asked For Input In Grey County Climate Survey

Grey County | by Claire McCormack  

The survey is the latest step in developing a Grey County Climate Change Action Plan.

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Grey County is asking the agriculture community for input in its Agricultural Community Climate Survey as part of its Climate Change Action Plan.

The County is working on developing the Action Plan with an aim to find ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and energy consumption, while encouraging sustainable growth.

This survey focuses on farming. On the survey page, the County says, "Farmers have long been community leaders and stewards of the land, feeding our communities, working hard to keep the land and soil healthy now and for future generations, and implementing new technologies and farming methods."

It notes, evolving agricultural practices may be needed, adding the agriculture industry can have a significant impact on climate change. The County says farmers are, and will be important as the effects of climate change continue to intensify.

According to the County's current data, it says, "Due to the size and strength of the agricultural community, in proportion to the residential, commercial, industrial and transportation sectors, agriculture accounts for approximately 47 per cent of Green House Gas emissions in Grey County."

The County goes on to say "This represents an opportunity to not only to mitigate climate change but to work together to further farm prosperity by leveraging provincial and federal funding, generate cost savings and emission reductions by improving on-farm efficiencies, explore sustainable ways to improve farm productivity, and demonstrate climate leadership."

Overall, the County's Climate Change Action Plan's focus areas are buildings, transportation, waste, agriculture, land-use and energy. It will assess the Corporation of Grey County’s current energy use in things like its fleet, public buildings, and also energy use in the community among residents, businesses, institutions, and visitors.

The County says the action plan will include measuring emissions, setting education targets, and come up with strategies to get it all done.

It's being developed by Grey County and ICLEI Canada, which is a Toronto based a consulting firm with offices in Quebec and Victoria.  ICLEI comes up with plans for governments, NGOs and businesses to create what it call on its website, "Sustainable, low-carbon, energy efficient, climate-ready communities."

Grey County has $50,000 in its capital budget for the plan.

The survey is set to close on August 7th, but County Planner Hiba Hussain says that could be extened by a week if there's a need. 

She also notes, the County is running a number of virtual workshops (or phone, if needed) in August that will allow people to learn more about the plan and provide feedback to the County on what they think should be included in the Plan.

They are:

August 5th from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

August 12th from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

August 19th from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

August 26th from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

September 2nd from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

To register, email hiba.hussain@grey.ca

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