With COP 26 now over, we’re all trying to understand how to continue the fight against climate change. No doubt we have a lot of challenges ahead of us, but there are great people out there doing great work.

Every year since 2018, eMERGE honours ordinary people doing extraordinary things to fight climate change in Guelph. From High School students to a Nobel prize winner, our past Climate Change Heroes have been an inspiration to us all. This year, we’re  asking you to help us find the 2022 Guelph Climate Change Hero.

Who do you think the 2022 eMERGE Climate Change Hero should be?

You can make your nomination now or take a look at who we’ve honoured in the past first:

2018 – Barry Smit

In 2018 eMERGE celebrated Guelph’s own Nobel prize winner for climate change. Barry Smit is Professor Emeritus, University of Guelph and a Nobel Prize winner as a member of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

Teaching at the University of Guelph, his research explored the vulnerability and adaptations of communities and socio-economic systems to global environmental changes, especially climate change. This interdisciplinary and applied research has been undertaken in developed and developing countries.  His research has also addressed the sustainability of agriculture and agroecosystem health, and the implications of changing conditions for resources and livelihoods.


2019 – Karen Farbridge

Karen has made a profound impact on people and communities in Guelph and around the country.

She went from grass roots organizing with her early work at OPIRG, to a PhD in Zoology and then became the first female Mayor in Guelph. All of that enabled her to become an urban connector helping communities and governments across the country fight climate change in practical and achievable ways.


2020 – Indigo Kim and Saffron Binder


In a very short period of time Indigo and Saffron have motivated high school students from across the city to demand deep and profound climate action.  From organizing student walkouts to lobbying city council to declare a climate emergency – they have shown repeatedly that young people can and will step up to take action. And these women are still teenagers!


2021 – Pierre Fogal

A 6,000 kilometer commute is not what comes to mind when we think of fighting climate change. But that’s exactly what Pierre Fogal does when he travels from Guelph to his office in Eureka, Nunavut. Situated on Ellesmere Island, he leads a team of researchers at the Polar Environment Atmospheric Research Laboratory (PEARL).

While Pierre’s work might be invisible to many people in Guelph, his research in the high arctic has been crucial to the science of climate change for scientists around the world. Most years, he spends at least three months at his laboratory.

Nominate your Guelph Climate Change Hero now by clicking on this link!


About eMERGE

eMERGE fights climate change to build a healthier society. It does this by helping people reduce energy and water use.

Promoting smart behavior, policy and improved efficiency helps Guelph build a road map to achieve 100% renewable energy long before 2050. This has the added benefit of a healthier community and a more resilient local economy.