Goderich has become just the second community along the Lake Huron shore to declare a climate emergency.
Town Council Monday voted in favour of a motion which would also see the town work with the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, in taking action to combat greenhouse gas emissions.
Executive Director of the Lake Huron Centre for Coastal Conservation, Erinn Lawrie says the effects of climate change are being seen and felt in Goderich.
She adds the declaration shows the town is taking global warming seriously, and is willing to study the effects of climate change and work toward improving the local environment.
The lengthy motion pledges that town staff will compile a greenhouse gas inventory and forecast while setting a reduction target.
They will develop and implement an action plan that includes monitoring and reporting on levels, to get carbon emissions down.
The motion also calls for a range of action on dealing with the effects of rising lake levels, flooding and severe weather brought about by climate change.
A resident education campaign is included in the motion, with an eye to having climate related policies in place by 2030.