Since Canada has declared climate change as a national emergency, it seems as if the entire nation is more aware of how they are polluting the country. However, one small town in Ontario has been battling with carbon emissions long before the government deemed it an issue. Eden Mills has been working towards being Canada's first carbon-neutral community for over a decade, and they have almost reached their goal.
Since 2007, Eden Mills has been attempting to do what they can to stop climate change from ruining the planet. On November 7, 2017, Eden Mills launched an initiative called 'Going Carbon Neutral' where the city pledged to reduce their carbon emissions enough to make their town the first carbon-neutral town in Canada.
Since then, the city of 350 residents has been doing its part to reach carbon-neutrality. According to MacLean's, the town's latest report from 2013 states that the town was 75 percent of the way to its goal of neutrality, and continue to climb closer to the final goal of 100 percent throughout the years.
In 2018, The Wellington Advertiser stated that Eden Mills has reached 90 percent carbon neutrality, meaning that the small town only has ten percent left to go.
According to MacLean's, Eden Mills has reduced its household emissions by 554 tonnes annually and reduced its carbon footprint by 18 percent.
The project started back in 2007 with the town encouraging its residents to switch to LED light bulbs and plant more trees throughout the community. By planting these trees and other forms of greenery, the community was able to increase its carbon sequestration by 277 tonnes a year.
Now, the project has caused a 'ripple effect' where some residents are even building greener homes with solar panel roofs and triple-glazed windows to help reduce their carbon emissions.
The city also received $500,000 from the Ontario Trillium Foundation, where they completely renovated the city hall, reducing the buildings carbon footprint by 96 percent.
However, making it to the final goal can still be tricky as the city is still struggling to make the full transition to electric cars since there are few charging stations near the small town.