Climate Change in the CVRD

Climate change and its growing impact on our environment and quality of life is one of the most critical issues being addressed by governments around the world. The 2007 United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) cited rising average global temperatures as being responsible for influencing extreme weather events and altering many physical and biological systems. The IPCC concludes that global warming is increasing the presence and concentrations of heat trapping greenhouse gases (GHGs) such as carbon dioxide and methane in the atmosphere.

Climate change requires both mitigative and adaptation actions to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and to adapt to environmental changes that are taking place.

New considerations include:

  • Creating wildfire resistant communities
  • Increased frequency and scale of storm surges in low lying coastal areas
  • Landscaping that can withstand extreme temperatures
  • Storm water management to accommodate for higher levels of water run off
  • Improving transportation choices and behavioral patterns
  • Creating development forms that work to reduce GHG emissions

Canada is one of the largest producers of GHGs, caused by the burning of fossil fuels such as oil, gasoline, coal and natural gas. If GHG emissions continue to grow, it’s expected that global warming will increase, leading to higher sea levels, flooding and more extreme weather patterns putting our health, ecosystems and economies at risk.

The CVRD committed to the following climate actions: