Time to act on BC's climate leadership

Time to act on BC's climate leadership

By Keane Gruending

January 26, 2016

For those who care about BC's leadership position on climate change, now is the time to engage with the provincial government.

Until April 8, 2016 (new extended deadline), the Government of British Columbia is soliciting input on its Climate Leadership Plan. This is an opportunity for citizens, local and First Nations governments, businesses, organizations, and stakeholders to voice their opinions.

Here is what you need to know:

  • Historically, BC has been a climate leader—from its pioneering revenue-neutral carbon tax to the low-carbon fuel standard and Clean Energy Actbut recent years have shown a decline in that leadership.
  • Without action, the province is expected to miss its own carbon reduction targets of 33% below 2007 levels by 2020 and 80% by 2050.
  • Last May, the Government of BC announced a review of its climate policies and appointed a cross-sectoral Climate Leadership Team, which released 32 recommendations for the province (read them here).
  • The province ran Phase 1 of its engagement plan last summer: Both the public and stakeholders were asked for input on several climate priorities (here are the survey results and written submissions).

For further background information and more context, read what Clean Energy Canada and the Pembina Institute have to say.

What's next? That's up to you!

The final and arguably most critical phase of the process is now underway and ends on April 8 at noon (new extended deadline) March 25. To do your part:

  1. Visit the BC Government's Climate Leadership page, take the online survey.
  2. Send feedback to climateleadershipplan@gov.bc.ca
  3. Contact your MLA and let them know it's important for British Columbia to demonstrate climate leadership by transitioning to a low-carbon economy.
  4. Tweet and join the Facebook group Families for BC Climate Leadership.
  5. Encourage others in your family or friend group or organization or workplace to complete the survey and/or send feedback via email.

Following this expert and public engagement process, the provincial government is expected to release its new climate plan this coming spring.

That's it! Now it's your turn to act.

(Icon photo courtesy of time-to-look/Flickr)

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