Stopping climate change means stopping the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions that are causing it, but by most accounts, global and national GHG emissions are actually on the rise. BC's original climate action plan called for a 33% reduction in GHG emissions by the year 2020, experts now believe the reduction will be somewhere in the ballpark of just 2%!
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has warned that when it comes to the climate crisis, we have eleven years left to turn this deadly tendency around, and just over thirty to reduce our emissions to zero.
We can't wait for higher levels of government to take the lead, so we're working here at home to by asking all Metro Vancouver municipalities to get on the right side of history by:
1)Passing a formal resolution to adopt the latest IPCC recommended GHG 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're off to a great start as both the City of Vancouver and the District of North Vancouver voted unanimously to adopt the new IPCC targets this January, and we'll be out in full force as more cities join the race to net zero this spring. You can click here to sign up to volunteer with our campaign, or sign the petition by clicking on the button below.
Above: Force of Nature North Shore team urges the District of North Vancouver Council to adopt the IPCC-recommended climate targets on February 21st, 2019.