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Niagara residents invited to attend virtual climate change summit

Given climate change is one of the most serious challenges of the time, residents are invited to attend Niagara’s first-ever climate change summit online on Tuesday, June 28 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Last September, Regional Council passed a motion declaring a climate change emergency, allotting financial resources to address the impacts of our changing climate as well as directing the initiation of region-wide summit focused on the issue.

The Niagara Climate Change Summit will bring a group of diverse stakeholders, including senior representatives from the public and private sectors, to develop a common understanding of climate change and its impact on the Niagara community. Members of the public are encouraged to attend the hybrid summit online to learn more about this important issue which effects everyone.

While in-person summit attendance is by-invite only given space constraints, residents may register, free of charge, to attend the morning portion of the summit via a livestream. From 9 a.m. – 12 p.m., summit attendees will be presented with a detailed overview of climate change action taking place in Niagara, with expert speakers and industry leaders from across Ontario sharing successful strategies and best practices that may be considered for implementation in Niagara.

While residents may visit the Niagara Climate Change Summit website to learn more, keynote topics include:

  • ​A keynote presentation from Karen Farbridge, expert on community resiliency, governance and climate change
  • The impacts of climate change locally in Niagara
  • The relationship between climate change and the economy
  • Ideas to accelerate climate change action in local communities
  • The importance of climate change to Niagara’s youth

Members of the public who would like to participate in the morning session are welcome to register for the livestream. On June 28, the livestream will also be available on Niagara Region’s YouTube channel and on the Niagara Climate Change Summit webpage.

During the afternoon session, in-person attendees will participate in roundtable discussions leading up to the call to action to accelerate climate change initiatives in Niagara.

In addition to the Niagara Region, this inaugural Climate Change Summit is being hosted in partnership with Brock University and the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority.


"Although the responsibility to act is shared by everyone, municipalities in particular play a significant role in minimizing their carbon footprint and making their communities more resilient and sustainable. Hosting this summit is a crucial first step in our efforts to ensure that all of Niagara, both in the public and private sector, are aligned in our efforts to mitigate and adapt to the climate change. I encourage all Niagara residents to consider virtually attending this important summit to learn how they can play a role in our efforts to address a changing climate."
~ Regional Chair, Jim Bradley

Media Inquiries

Janine Tessmer (media only)
Niagara Region
905-980-6000 ext. 3290

Beatrice Perna
Climate Change Specialist, Niagara Region
905-980-6000 ext. 3654

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