Waterloo Region can join the battle against climate change

Together, let's be ambitious. By acting today, we can leave our children a community that is more resilient, caring, vibrant, and sustainable.

On December 4, one of our lead partners, REEP Green Solutions published an op-ed in The Record. The piece is a personal refection on the global climate conversations currently coalescing around COP21 and a call to greater action on climate change.

Yet for many of us, these talks are like a distant cousin: We know they exist, we might have seen a photo, but we haven't really ever had any interaction with them. Likewise, climate change can be a difficult issue to relate to personally. The question that many of us struggle with is whether (and how) we, as individuals, can make a difference.

The fact is that climate change hits close to home. Literally.

The piece emphasizes the significant impacts of our actions locally, particularly around the ways we choose to heat and power our homes. Luckily organizations like REEP Green Solutions have spearheaded several initiatives to help homeowners lower their impact. And, our Region is no sitting duck when it comes to climate action, as we have set a GHG reduction target, developed a Climate Action Plan, and have many actions in place to meet it.

The Op-ed was written by Jennifer Lynes, Chair of REEP Green Solutions and associate professor in the Faculty of Environment at the University of Waterloo; and Mary Jane Patterson, executive director of REEP Green Solutions. Read it here: