Community Climate Action

Like all levels of government, BC local governments have a responsibility and an opportunity to respond to the global climate crisis with action and leadership.

Local governments can make a difference by:

  • Providing leadership with respect to their own buildings, infrastructure and operations;
  • Regulating and influencing development and other activities within their jurisdiction; and
  • Educating citizens and showcasing solutions.


This project aims to research, publish and disseminate “legal tools”, i.e. recommended legal ways and means (new bylaws, plan amendments, development permit guidelines, changes in governance, adoption of progress indicators and reporting on same, etc.) and law reform proposals with which BC local governments can better integrate climate change considerations into their decision-making, both to mitigate climate change and to adapt to climate change impacts.

West Coast Environmental Law has prepared two key resources:

  1. Bill 27: Opportunities and Strategies for Green Action by BC Local Governments outlines planning and regulatory tools to reduce greenhouse gas emissions; and
  2. Preparing for Climate Change: An Implementation Guide for Local Governments in BC offers ideas and examples of how to build resilient and sustainable communities while adapting to a changing climate.


*With respect to climate change, “mitigation” refers to the reduction or avoidance of greenhouse gas emissions that cause climate change. “Adaptation” refers to the collective activities of identifying the anticipated impacts of climate change on the community and identifying ways and means to either reduce the negative effects of those impacts and/or to maximize opportunities that arise as a result of the impacts.