Community Climate Action

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

Local governments have three clear opportunities to make a difference:

  • They can provide leadership with respect to their own buildings, infrastructure and operations.
  • They are positioned to have significant regulatory and other influence over private activities within their jurisdiction.
  •  They can educate and provide support for new ways of thinking and doing things.

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.

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.