THUNDER BAY – EarthCare Thunder Bay, in partnership with Lakehead University, has launched a new climate change website: ClimateChangeTBay.com. The launch of this website coincides with Earth Day, which was Sunday, April 22.
The new website is a resource hub that brings together carefully selected and locally relevant information regarding climate change. This centralized source connects information, actions, stories and people to inspire climate engagement here in the Thunder Bay region.
“The website is an easy-to-use collection of information and resource links about our changing environment for everyone to use,” said Amy Coomes, Acting Climate Adaptation Coordinator. “We encourage residents to share stories around impacts and climate change actions to inspire others. Climate change is a complicated problem but we are all in this together – we can and we should take action to mitigate and adapt to it.”
The website has four main sections: Educate Yourself, Take Action, Communication Toolkit and Share a Photo Message. Photo messages collected are easily shareable through social media and help to personalize conversations about climate change.
The website was informed by research carried out by Dr. Lindsay Galway of Lakehead University on climate change engagement and it was built on three guiding principles:
- Head – Learn about local climate change science and potential impacts.
- Hands – Take action to reduce our environmental footprint and adapt to the impacts of climate change, including talking about climate change.
- Heart – Collect and share stories about the impacts seen or felt due to climate change.
The website will continue to evolve overtime as a local hub of current climate information.
Funding for this project was made available through the Great Lakes Climate Change Adaptation Project led by ICLEI Canada and supported by the Ontario Ministry of Environment and Climate Change under the Canada-Ontario Agreement Respecting the Great Lakes.