Anne Graham

Independent new candidate for Mission city council

 

Do you support raising {your municipality’s} community greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction targets to meet or beat the new province-wide standard of 40% by 2030, 60% by 2040 and 80% by 2050 (percentages refer to a reduction below 2007 levels)? [Note that some cities already match the 80% target but lack interim targets, which are crucial to meeting these goals!]

Yes

 

Will you submit a formal request to council to adopt these targets within one year of being elected?

Yes

 

Are you in favour of transparent, annual measuring and reporting of [your municipality’s] community-wide emissions?

Yes

 

Will you submit a formal request to council to ensure transparent, annual measuring and reporting of community-wide emissions, within one year of being elected?

Yes

 

Will you commit to taking a leadership role in ensuring that city council and staff work with community members, businesses, developers, and other stakeholders to achieve these community-wide targets in a meaningful way and within the specified time frame?  

Yes

 

Describe three steps you will take during your first year in office to uphold this commitment.

I would like to try a zero waste program, and see more primary recycling depots and hopefully create some jobs sorting as well. I would like to see if we could encourage some industries that use recycled products (like composite flooring, or roofing tiles made from recycled tires) to locate here in Mission so we are using our recycled material and creating more jobs and less traffic. Better planned communities with amenities like: schools, recreation, business, industry, transit and a mix of housing, densification and rejunification of the urban core, (building up and not sprawling out) replacing and creating more low cost housing options.

 

Force of Nature’s framework emphasizes “five key concepts” of urban climate solutions. What ideas or initiatives would you bring forth to promote, encourage or enforce the reduction of community-wide GHG emissions in each of the following categories: compact communities, multi-modal transportation, renewable energy, green jobs, and circular economy.

Education, empathy for our planet and public awareness, are very important, everyone should know and practice recycling basics because there is no planet B. One final thought why not pay to have paper and plastic returned as bottles and cans are, even a very nominal fee might encourage people to recycle more. 

 

 


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