Climate change, and its growing impact on our environment and quality of life, is one of the most critical issues being addressed by governments around the world, including here in the Comox Valley. Climate change requires both mitigation and adaptation in order to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and adapt to environmental changes that are already taking place.
If GHG emissions continue to grow, it’s expected that global warming will increase, leading to higher sea levels, flooding and more extreme weather patterns. These effects will inevitably put our health, ecosystems and local economies at risk. Accordingly, the Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD) is committed to reducing the ecological footprint of our communities and taking appropriate action to mitigate the local effects of climate change.
Climate Change Considerations for the CVRD
- Creating wildfire resistant communities
- Preparation for higher frequency and scale of storm surges in low-lying coastal areas
- Landscaping that can better withstand extreme temperatures
- Storm water management
- Improving transportation choices and behavioural patterns
- Creating forms of development that work to reduce GHG emissions
The CVRD has Completed the Following Climate Action Imperatives:
- Joined the Partners for Climate Protection program in 2006
- Signed the BC Climate Action Charter in 2007
- Adopted a Climate Change Toolkit in 2008
- Completed and adopted the Comox Valley Sustainability Strategy in 2010 with a long-term target of 80 percent reduction of GHG emissions from 2007 levels by 2050, with a mid-term target of 50 percent reduction by 2030
- Adopted the Comox Valley Sustainability Strategy target in the Regional Growth Strategy in 2011
- Adopted a Corporate Energy Plan in 2011
- Adopted the Community Climate Action Plan for the electoral areas in 2015
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