Cities4Climate: Eight victories and we haven’t stopped yet!

In October 2018, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released a report warning that we are entering into a critical window of make-or-break years when it comes to solving the climate crisis. Our response? Launch a transformative campaign to make Metro Vancouver the first zero-carbon metropolis in Canada, beginning with the adoption of IPCC-recommended climate targets by local governments around our region.  

Eight Metro Vancouver municipalities and the Metro Vancouver Regional Board have all unanimously approved taking steps to adopt the IPCC targets. This action models unprecedented collaboration across the political spectrum, and demonstrates that urban areas can play a powerful role to play in this critical juncture of human history!There’s plenty of work left to do. We’re asking all remaining Metro Vancouver municipalities to:

1) Pass a formal resolution to adopt the 2018 IPCC greenhouse gas reduction targets, 45% below 2010 levels by 2030, 65% by 2040 and 100% by 2050 for all community-wide emissions. 

2) Establish a meaningful set of interim targets and ensure that these targets are incorporated into all relevant municipal planning documents.

3) Direct city staff to draft a plan for annual measuring and reporting on the municipality’s community emissions beginning no later than 2020, including a proposal for how these activities will be funded.

Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam and Surrey are next on our list. We’re working with local residents to get these cities on the race to carbon neutral by turning out to council meetings, writing letters to council, taking part in creative actions and rallies, and more! Sign up to volunteer with your local community action team today!  

And we won’t stop there. Meeting our targets means investing in high-impact, locally relevant climate solutions campaigns, and grassroots community organizing can play a pivotal role in making that happen. Want to know more about our #ClimateSolutions campaigns? Read more here

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