Here are some of the milestones...
This year saw the beginning of Climate Emergency Declarations throughout Metro Vancouver starting with the region's largest city (Vancouver) and ending with the region's second largest city (Surrey). By the end of the year, twelve of the twenty one municipalities in Metro Vancouver had declared a climate emergency. While this accounts for just over half the municipalities in the region, the declarations covers over two million people which accounts for almost 80% of the region's population.
- January 17th, 2019. Vancouver City Council votes to declare ‘climate emergency’
- March 7th, 2019. City of North Vancouver puts GHGs in crosshairs
- March 15th, 2019. New Westminster takes action to tackle climate crisis
- March 25th, 2019. Richmond declares climate emergency
- June 12th, 2019. Port Moody becomes latest city to declare climate emergency
- July 8th, 2019. District of North Vancouver and West Vancouver councils declare climate emergency
- July 25th, 2019. Langley Township council acknowledges climate emergency
- September 10th, 2019. City of Burnaby declares climate emergency
- November 4th, 2019. 'A great day': Surrey council unanimously declares a climate emergency
This year started with White Rock council also declaring a climate emergency. Many municipalities saw reports come back from the initial Climate Emergency Declarations recommending specific actions or plans to reach the IPCC recommended emissions targets. This year also saw the COVID 19 pandemic seriously disrupting municipal politics and saw Force of Nature members innovating new ways to stay involved.
- January 13th, 2020, White Rock commits to climate change action
- March 9th, 2020. Surrey adopts IPCC GHG emission targets
- November 18, 2020. Vancouver's climate plan: Council approves ambitious $500 million 'road map'
January 14th, 2021. Langley City declares a climate emergency