The Community Sustainability and Climate Change project is part of the Climate Change and Health Adaptation Program for First Nation Communities South of 60˚N aimed at creating an adaptation plan and producing workshops for Kahnawake to carry out awareness-raising and hands-on planting activities that demonstrate what we can do together to improve the health and wellbeing of our community in the face of climate change.
The goal of this project is to build upon KSDPP’s 2017 Community Consultation which identified our community’s strengths, goals, and timelines to address climate change. The hands-on mitigation activities and training will provide the practical tools and knowledge for community members and organizations to act.
With a focus of reforestation initiatives, KEPO will be hosting planting events in September 2019 that will help offset the effects of the emerald ash borer infestation by replacing some of our community’s dead and dying ash trees. Planting trees is a tangible way to address the issue of climate change, as trees absorb CO2 in the atmosphere and mitigate pollution, offer shade and cooler temperatures to alleviate stress during heat waves, not to mention the emotional and spiritual well-being provided by being in natural spaces.
Climate change is happening now. No one is excluded from the effects of climate change. In recent years, Kahnawake has experienced flooding, heat waves, and an influx of damaging invasive insects and plants due to warming temperatures.
The goal of this project is to support individuals to become actively involved in minimizing our contribution to climate change and counteracting the detrimental effects of it. Community members and key stakeholders will be consulted to help craft the adaptation plan, to ensure that it meets the needs of Kahnawake
On September 19, 20, and 21, KEPO organized a large scale tree planting event. Staff and volunteers helped to plant about 650 trees on Tekakwitha Island and at the greenspace near Orville Park. Niawenhkó:wa!