Collective Action

There is power in numbers. Climate Legacy’s network members are making change in their communities, focusing on grassroots initiatives that most affect them. Groups across the country are organizing to make sure their concerns about climate change are heard.

Spotlight on: Michèle Andrews and Sustainable Merrickville-Wolford

Michèle Andrews, a founder of Sustainable Merrickville-Wolford

When Michèle and her husband moved near Merrickville Ontario, she already knew she wanted to help build a climate movement.

“I went to the local health food store to find out who in the village might be interested in getting together to form an environmental group. One person led to another and soon about five of us got together and talked about what we might do to get started and I suggested—why don’t we just host a potluck?”

This community potluck led to a movement. In September 2019, the group joined the global climate strike and marched through Merrickville to generate more interest in their concern locally.

“We got signatures from many people in the village and I presented them to the Leeds Grenville County Council,” said Michèle.

The petition prompted the county to promise to create its very first climate plan.

Sustainable Merrickville-Wolford has continued to focus on food security, buying local and using their voices to advocate for broader changes in their county.

“You don’t need to be a tree hugger,” said Michèle. “To make our communities sustainable, we need to help people with food, housing and other ways to build resilience.”

“It’s about getting started in your home and community…there are so many small things you can do.”

Want to use your voice for climate action? Here’s some ideas from Sustainable Merrickville-Wolford 

Use Your Voice for Climate Action with an Organization Near You

“Our vision is a green, equitable, and just world where our children and grandchildren grow up safe and healthy.”

—Matt Price, For Our Kids Coordinator 

  • Grandmothers Act to Save the Planet (GASP) is a grassroots, non-partisan group of grandmothers and grand ‘others’ in the Halton/Hamilton region who care deeply about the world our descendants will inherit. We join with young people and our grandchildren to amplify their voices in the fight for our planet. Live in the GTA? Join the GASP movement .
  • Live in the Matawatchan area? Join the Living Green team! Living Green shares information on ecological issues through discussion and films, and we have begun a series of presentations by local artists whose works feature environmental themes. Contact Ken Birkett for more information joandken@xplornet.ca
  • Live in Peterborough? The Peterborough Alliance for Climate Action (PACA) organizes demonstrations and events to inspire awareness and action on climate change. Email: info.PtboPACA@gmail.com to get involved in PACA’s campaigns 
PACA members taking part in a 2018 Act to Save the Planet event