Practical Lessons from the Frontlines of the Climate Emergency

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Kim Neale, Climate Change Coordinator at Municipality of Central Manitoulin and Billings Township will be a guest speaker on a Ethelo panel discussion.

Cities and municipalities are on the frontlines of the climate emergency. They're also on the frontlines of bold solutions to address it.

Join us for this Earth Day Webinar to learn from two communities who worked with residents to build strong, equitable climate emergency action plans, reaching 25% of their permanent resident population.

Join to hear inspiring success stories and practical public engagement tips for moving forward, or even starting, your own community climate action plan. 

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Kim Neale, Climate Change Coordinator at Municipality of Central Manitoulin and Billings Township

Kim is Working on behalf of the Municipality of Central Manitoulin and Billings Township to publish Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Inventory(s) and work with each community to create, implement and monitor a Climate Change Action Plan focused on mitigating the impacts of climate change at the local level.

She spent three years in project management and public policy development in the post-secondary sector after her 2006 graduation from environmental engineering at the University of Guelph followed by nearly a decade as an environmental underwriter where she worked frequently with Canadian municipalities.

She brings with her an in-depth understanding of environmental risks for municipalities and a desire to focus on climate change risk, climate action and helping municipalities become more resilient.


Ben West, Co-director of the eDemocracy Network and the Carbon Budget Project

Ben is the Executive Director of eDemocracy Network and co-director of the eDemocracy Carbon Budget project. He is a leader in the climate space in Canada with over 20 years of experience in strategic communications and public engagement.

He was the founder and chair of The Great Climate Race, worked as a Healthy Communities Campaigner and Communications Coordinator for the Wilderness Committee, Campaign Director for ForestEthics (Stand) and as the Communications and Project Lead for Tsleil-Waututh Nation Sacred Trust Initiative.

A Little About Central

The Municipality of Central Manitoulin is located in the centre of Manitoulin Island with an abundance of lakes, rivers, and beaches. The Municipality includes the villages and hamlets of Mindemoya, Providence Bay, Spring Bay, Sandfield and Big Lake. We offer diverse attractions and unique landmarks such as our sandy beach in Providence Bay or access to Lake Manitou, the largest lake on the island. We invite you to visit our community in the "heart" of Manitoulin Island. 

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