1. Reducing our own emissions.
2. Mitigating the impacts of a warmer climate on our lake and surrounding environment.
3. Adapting to evolving conditions, to protect our families, neighbours and property.
4. Engaging with research, advocacy and governance at the local and provincial levels.
At the cottage, there are two main contributors to greenhouse gas emissions, the main driver of atmospheric warming and climate change: the energy you use in the cottage itself, and the vehicles you drive to and during your time there.
You can improve the energy efficiency of your cottage in small and larger ways:
You can also improve the efficiency of your vehicle "fleet":
The Municipality of Highlands East has set a target of reducing its greenhouse gas emissions by 15% over the period from 2018 - 2030. As a property owner in Highlands East, can you help meet that target?
Warmer lakes are more conducive to the growth of algae, with negative impacts on you and on wildlife. While we as cottagers cannot drop ice cubes in to cool the lake as we do our summer dock drinks, we can reduce the "food" that feeds the algae: phosphorous and other nutrients.
To lessen the damages of climate change, each cottage household can:
In cottage country as elsewhere, we are experiencing more frequent and more severe storms, as well as more forest fires. As cottagers we need to be prepared for potential storm and fire emergencies.
Protect your property from lighting, high winds, ice and flooding:
Read an example of how local advocacy made a difference in Muskoka.
Thanks to KLA member Rob Horsburgh for his photograph of Wallace Island used as the background photo throughout this site