BC communities have made admirable progress in adapting to climate change. However, many communities in the province are still in the early stages of climate change adaptation.
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In January 2020, the BC government sought public input on the province's emergency management legislation.
In January 2020, the BC government invited the public to share their views about a climate adaptation strategy for British Columbia.
As BC prepares its Budget 2019, West Coast Environmental Law is challenging it to begin tracking the costs that climate change is increasingly imposing on the province.
BC communities face a rising tide of climate costs. Prior to the 2018 municipal election, West Coast Environmental Law has produced Climate Law In Our Hands: A Resource for Local Government Candidates.
In August 2018, the BC government asked for public feedback on their “Clean Growth” intentions papers, which set out next steps in addressing climate change through “Clean, Efficient Buildings,” “Clean Transportation” and “Clean Growth for Industry.”
The Green Waterfront Design Charrette brought together design experts and staff from five British Columbia municipalities, including planners, engineers, sustainability specialists, emergency managers and biologists.
British Columbia has demonstrated to the world that it is possible to drive down carbon pollution while growing the economy. Policies like the carbon tax, clean electricity standard and renewable and low-carbon fuel requirements regulation have helped to drive this change.
Our climate is changing, and we need to plan for a “new normal”.
British Columbia has the potential to maintain both high levels of human well-being and our rich biodiversity, but sustaining these levels into the future means protecting the vital ecological life support systems upon which we and all species depend.