Vancouver councillors unanimously approve motion declaring climate emergency

Vancouver city councillors have voted to join cities such as Los Angeles and London in declaring a climate emergency.

The city clerk’s office says in a social media post that councillors voted unanimously to approve the motion.

Vancouver city councillors have joined their colleagues from around the world to declare a state of "climate emergency" in the city. Photo by Iota 9 via Wikimedia Commons.
Vancouver city councillors have joined their colleagues from around the world to declare a state of “climate emergency” in the city. Photo by Iota 9 via Wikimedia Commons.

Councillor Christine Boyle, who moved the resolution, says staff now have the mandate to “dramatically strengthen” Vancouver’s climate action plan.

She says that could include new methods to reduce greenhouse gas emissions beyond the city’s current climate targets and creating a special working group to support Vancouver’s efforts to transition off of fossil fuels.

The resolution also calls for a framework to ensure communities most vulnerable to the impact of the changes are supported first.

Boyle says climate change is already affecting Vancouver residents and addressing the emergency won’t be easy.

“We are a smart city, capable of doing difficult things,” Boyle says in a news release.

“We need to respond to this crisis urgently and compassionately with path towards a more equitable society.”

Vancouver’s carbon pollution levels are seven per cent below 2007 levels, representing an average reduction of less than one per cent per year over the past decade. An average annual reduction of over three per cent is necessary to meet the city’s 2030 targets, the release says.

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2 Comments
  1. Harald says

    What a bunch of idiots…lmao. Well, I guess when you have a bunch of left-wing nutjobs running things, this is what happens. People who don’t understand science, data, or really, much of anything else, turn into a bunch of chicken littles.

  2. George says

    Well, that will be the end of any other action on Climate Change.
    We knew this was a necessity to do over 5 years ago.
    Run for cover were all F___ed

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