Burnaby is falling behind on responding to the climate crisis. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) demanded that we reach net-zero emissions by 2050. It’s more than possible and it’s happening. But while cities around the region are adopting higher emissions reduction targets and declaring climate emergencies, Burnaby’s targets sit at 5% by 2041 - among the lowest in the region. Burnaby touts being debt free, with over a billion dollars in reserve. So if we have the resources, where is the political will?
Burnaby is set to bloom as a leader in our transition to a carbon-free future. With higher targets, Burnaby would need to prioritize clean, more frequent public transportation, better walking and cycling networks, streets dedicated to people and local business and major improvements to our homes. If we can get Burnaby City Council to prioritize climate action, we will also get them to prioritize a better quality of life for our communities.
We’re calling on Burnaby City Council to model the visionary leadership we need to attain deep and swift emissions reductions over the coming decade, by:
1) Passing a formal resolution to adopt the latest IPCC recommended greenhouse gas reduction targets of 45% below 2010 levels by 2030, 65% by 2040 and 100% by 2050 for all community-wide emissions.
2) Establishing a meaningful set of interim targets and ensure that these targets are incorporated into all forthcoming municipal planning documents, including Community Energy and Emissions Plans (CEEPs) and Official Community Plans (OCPs.)
3) Directing city staff to draft a plan for annual transparent measuring and reporting on the municipality’s community emissions beginning no later than 2020, including a proposal for how these activities will be funded.
We know political will can be influenced by public support. That’s why we’re taking action, and we need you. Will you join us?