County endorses position to fight climate change

Richard Froese
South Peace News

Big Lakes County has officially declared a position to protect the environment to combat the progress of climate change and global warming.

Council passed a resolution at its regular meeting Nov. 8 to show its support to join the Partners for Climate Resilience Program under the Federation of Canadian Municipalities at its meeting Aug. 30.

“The whole world is going to climate change,” Faust Councillor Robert Nygaard says. “Why should we not get on board?”

Another councillor agrees.

“It’s coming around and it’s not going away,” says Grouard Councillor Fern Welch says.

The recommendation was opposed by South Sunset House – Gilwood Councillor Ann Stewart and Kinuso Councillor Ken Killeen, who doubt the reality and proof of climate change and global warming.

“We don’t have to do something because it’s coming around,” Stewart says.

“I think we’re jumping too quickly to decide.”

Under the standard resolution adopted by the FCM, the county commits to:

-Adopt a community greenhouse gas reduction target of 30 per cent below 2005 levels by 2030 in line with the Government of Canada’s target and to adopt a corporate GHG reduction target that is similar or more ambitious and to consider adopting a deeper community and corporation emissions reduction target of 80 per cent by 2050;

-Complete a GHG inventory and forecast, setting a GHG reduction target, develop a local action plan, implement the plan and monitor progress and report results.

-Carry out the framework within 10 years of joining the program and to report on progress at least once every two years;

-Endorse the government’s commitment to the Paris Agreement to limit global temperature to below 2 C and to pursue efforts to limit the global temperature to increase to 1.5 C.

Supporting the resolution allows the county “the possibility to win prestigious awards and get recognized internationally, and more importantly gain access to specific guidance and several grants programs,” says a report from Heather Nanninga, director of corporate services.

 

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