British Columbians are invited to review and comment on a newly released discussion paper that considers the ideas, values and priorities they want to see in a new climate action plan.
British Columbia is in the process of developing a new Climate Leadership Plan to ensure the province remains a climate leader and meets its 2020 and 2050 emissions-reduction targets.
In May 2015, government appointed a Climate Leadership Team consisting of leaders from the business, academic and environmental communities, as well as First Nations and local governments, to review options for economic development and greenhouse-gas emissions reductions, and also make recommendations for the new Climate Leadership Plan.
The public will have two opportunities over the next six months to participate in shaping new climate policies in B.C. During the first opportunity that runs until Aug. 17, 2015, people can comment on the discussion paper.
After reviewing discussion paper submissions and the Climate Leadership Team’s recommendations, government will release a draft Climate Leadership Plan in December 2015. British Columbians will have a chance to review the draft plan and will be asked to provide comment on specific policies and actions regarding climate change.
Government will release the final Climate Leadership Plan in March 2016.
Mary Polak, Minister of Environment -
“B.C.’s new Climate Leadership Plan will influence how British Columbians will work, travel and live for decades to come. That’s why it’s important we hear from you now, before government makes decisions on next steps.”
Jordan Sturdy, deputy chair of the Climate Leadership Team, parliamentary secretary to the minister of transportation and infrastructure, and MLA for West Vancouver-Sea to Sky -
“Building on our global climate leadership, B.C. is developing a new Climate Leadership Plan to move our climate agenda forward. As we refresh and revitalize B.C.’s climate plan, our focus remains firmly on our commitment to reach our legislated emissions reduction targets for 2020 and 2050.”
Matt Horne, associate B.C. director, Pembina Institute, and member of the Climate Leadership Team -
"I encourage all British Columbians to share the solutions they'd like to see in the Climate Leadership Plan. We need a successful plan to help fight climate change and ensure a thriving economy."
To take the survey, review and/or comment on the Climate Leadership Plan discussion paper, visit: www.engage.gov.bc.ca/climateleadership
Ministry of Environment