Climate Action Charter
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Climate Action Charter
Human activities are the most significant factor in the striking increase in atmospheric greenhouse gases (GHGs) over the last century. This increase in GHG levels is the primary cause of human-caused climate change.
The impacts of climate change often occur in far away parts of the world including sea levels rising, damage to coral reefs, melting ice caps, the spread of insect borne disease and increases in drought. However, climate change is already impacting our surroundings as well and these impacts are very likely to increase in severity. These impacts include:
- decreased water for irrigation, fish, and increased urban demand for water, leading to increased conflicts over the resource,
- warmer winter temperatures and increased winter precipitation are projected to reduce the winter snowpack;
- increased difficulties for migration and spawning salmon due to increased winter floods, decreased summer streamflow, and increased water temperatures;
- potential increases in forest fires;
- potential for extinction of local (often rare) wildlife populations and loss of biological diversity if environmental shifts outpace species migration rates and interact negatively with population dynamics.
Therefore, as a result of the human-caused climate change and in an attempt to have the Province of British Columbia carbon neutral by 2012, the Province of BC and many local governments, including the District of Sicamous, have signed-on to the Climate Action Charter.
The goal of the Climate Action Charter is to have local governments acknowledge that many human activities cause GHGs which contribute to climate change and global warming, and with this acknowledgement, commit to take action on climate change by becoming carbon neutral by 2012. The District's current commitments include:
- reducing GHGs;
- implementing programs and policies that will further facilitate the reduction of GHGs;
- encouraging community growth that is complete, compact, and socially responsible; and
- encouraging infrastructure and build environments that minimize the environmental impacts.
To achieve these commitments, the District will be developing policies, setting goals and measuring our GHG emissions.
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