Local governments in Nanaimo and Ladysmith are adapting to climate change

In Nanaimo-Cowichan, local governments are already taking steps to adapt to climate change and the severe weather that will accompany it.

Canadians were shocked when our environment minister announced that Canada would be the first nation to withdraw from the Kyoto accord.

Canada will now be shut out of the group of nations that will make a difference in future negotiations.

While the door is still open to a new climate change treaty, no legally-binding emissions reductions will take place for almost a decade.

For New Democrats, this is a missed chance to invest in the new energy economy, and Canadians will lose job opportunities because of Conservative inaction.

The rest of the world is moving forward with clean energy solutions and creating well-paying long-term jobs along with those solutions.

Both the European Union and the United States have recently begun closing the door on trade opportunities with Canada due to Conservative inaction on climate change.

That means we are losing investment dollars as companies that are developing innovative ways both of reducing greenhouse gas emissions and of adapting to climate change decide to invest where national governments support their work.

In Nanaimo-Cowichan, local governments are already taking steps to adapt to climate change and the severe weather that will accompany it.

In Nanaimo, the city has been working on steep slope developments to deal with the pressure to build on hillsides.

They created bylaws that altered standard development practices, encouraging developers to work with the landscape and provide greater opportunity for rainwater to be absorbed by the landscape.

The Town of Ladysmith developed its Community Energy Plan in 2008 with 31 actions identified that the town wants to implement, including a plan to build all new municipal buildings with 25 per cent better energy performance than the Model National Energy Code.

Since the energy audit for the plan revealed that nearly 15 per cent of greenhouse gas emissions come from buildings that will make a significant dent in future emissions.

You can see more of the plan at http://www.ladysmith.ca/sustainability-green-living/energy-stewardship.

But actions by local governments alone will not create a vibrant new energy economy.

We need this Conservative government to commit to action on climate change now.

Instead, in Durban, our environment minister proposed a different binding climate deal — ignoring the two decades of negotiations it took to get the existing climate treaty in place.

What government would want to deal with Canada on a new climate treaty when Canada turned its back on the old one?

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Vancouver Island’s current COVID-19 case count officially hits zero

Of the 130 recorded Island Health cases, five people have died, 125 recovered

Man found dead in his tent at Chemainus homeless camp

Facebook posts tell of personal struggles and attempts to stay clean and sober

Town of Ladysmith adopts 1.92 percent tax increase for 2020

Mayor Aaron Stone said the increase balances lost revenue while maintaining town services

Ladysmith principal mourns family killed during US protests

Jelks says he’s grateful for the outpouring of support from the community in the wake of this tragedy

Considerations made to keep Crofton drive-by birthday celebrations going

Trucks will tone it down or not use horns at all to bring some joy to kids and older folks

‘I’m pissed, I’m outraged’: Federal minister calls out police violence against Indigenous people

Indigenous Minister Marc Miller spoke on recent incidents, including fatal shooting of a B.C. woman

Facing changes together: Your community, your journalists

We’re asking you to lock arms with us, as we look to better days ahead

Kelowna Mountie who punched suspect identified, condemned by sister

‘How did he get away with this? How is this justifiable?’

PHOTOS: Anti-racism protesters gather in communities across B.C.

More protests are expected through the weekend

Pair accused of ‘horrific’ assault at Vancouver’s Oppenheimer Park at large

Police say Jason Tapp, 30, and Nicole Edwards, 33, did not show up to meet their bail supervisor this week

No charges to be laid against 22 northern B.C. pipeline protesters

Twenty-two people were arrested in February, but Crown has decided not to pursue charges

Plan in place for BC Ferries to start increasing service levels

Ferry corporation reaches temporary service level agreement with province

B.C. starts to see employment return under COVID-19 rules

Jobless rate for young people still over 20% in May

Most Read