-The Province islooking for public input to help develop a new strategy that will better prepare B.C. communities for the impacts of climate change.
"Across British Columbia, we are seeing and feeling the steadily increasing effects of climate change – from record wildfires, to severe droughts and floods, to the job impacts of beetle-killed forests,” said George Heyman, Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy.
People can share their thoughts until Jan. 10, 2020, through an online questionnaire, discussion forum and written submissions. Additional opportunities for public input will follow in early 2020, with the release of the final climate preparedness and adaptation strategy later in the year.
To help the Province set priorities in planning, the climate preparedness and adaptation strategy will also be informed by B.C.’s recently released Preliminary Strategic Climate Risk Assessment. The risk assessment identified a range of significant health, social, economic and environmental consequences from climate change, if further action is not taken to prepare.
To share thoughts on how B.C. can develop a new strategy to prepare for climate change, visit the public engagement site: https://www.engage.gov.bc.ca/climatereadybc
To learn more about actions the Province is already taking to prepare for climate change, visit: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/environment/climate-change/adaptation
To read the Province’s Preliminary Strategic Climate Risk Assessment, visit: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/environment/climate-change/adaptation/risk-assessment