Recently, councils for the City of Greater Sudbury and Municipality of West Nipissing unanimously declared climate emergencies in their communities. It is evident with recent weather events that our beautiful landscape, homes, and livelihoods are in jeopardy because of the harmful effects of climate change. We are seeing impacts firsthand this spring locally with devastating floods in areas such as West Nipissing, French River, St. Charles, and Killarney. Also, summer 2018’s ravaging fires known as Parry Sound 33, quickly made their way across the Nickel Belt boundary. The cause and effects of such occurrences cause deep and long-lasting scars to those living in the path of destruction. We know the risks are too great to ignore and that we must act now.