What can we do?

50 Climate Solutions

These suggested climate solutions are just some of many that could enable British Columbia to help end the global climate crisis. They have been recommended by various people and organizations, and do not represent formal WE-CAN positions.

A: Engage Everyone Now

 

  1. To treat the climate emergency as a crisis equivalent in urgency to World War II, ask the government, citizens, businesses and others to develop initiatives that reach out to and engage everyone: families, youth, schools, colleges, communities, Indigenous  peoples, ethnic minorities, clubs, worship groups, businesses, labour unions and government organizations and agencies.    #Engagement

  2. To ensure that Indigenous Peoples’ rights and perspectives are included in all discussions about the climate and biodiversity emergencies, encourage all climate action organizations and governments to include those who bring an Indigenous perspective.    #Indigenous

  3. To support every household as people work to eliminate their personal climate pollution, ask the government to fund and support a province-wide programme of public education, including such things as the Community Climate Circles, and to continue to advance financing incentives including grants, loans and taxation changes.    #Engagement

  4. To engage every young person, call for all schools and post-secondary institutions to provide solutions-oriented climate and biodiversity education to all students and staff, and for all schools and their grounds to become models of sustainable ecological living. Climate Education Reform BC.    BeTheChangeEarthAlliance  #education
  5. To help every business to eliminate its climate pollution, ask the government to support Climate Smart training at a level sufficient to reach every business in the province by 2030. #business

  6. To support every community as it works to implement locally appropriate climate solutions, and to address the immediate and long-term impacts of the climate emergency, including rural and remote communities, ask the government to work with local governments and BC members of the Climate Caucus to organize and fund the establishment of a Citizens Climate Assembly in each Regional District. #citizensassembly

  7. To support workers, ask all labour unions to urge the government to ensure that no-one is left behind in the transition to a clean, 100% renewable energy economy, and to seek their employers’ participation in Climate Smart. #labourunions

  8. To ensure that workers and communities receive the financial support needed during the transition from fossil fuels to a clean energy economy, ask the government to engage with colleges, workers, fossil fuel businesses and nonprofits such as Iron and Earth to establish a Just Transition Fund. #justtransition

    B: End All Climate Pollution by 2040 

FOSSIL FUELS

9. To eliminate BC’s climate pollution, ask the government to act with as much determination and unity of purpose as Canada did during World War II, to increase the urgency of its climate commitments, and to do whatever is needed to achieve an 8.5% annual reduction in BC’s GHG emissions, resulting in a 60% reduction by 2030, 80% by 2035 and 100% by 2040. #climategoals

10. To accelerate the end of fossil fuels in BC, ask the government to require a climate test for all major projects similar to that requested in the House of Commons. #climatetest

11. To further accelerate the end of fossil fuels in BC, ask the government to remove the $1.3 billion million in annual subsidies that it gives to the oil, natural gas and LNG industries. #fossilfuelsubsidies

12. To further accelerate the transition to 100% renewable energy, ban all advertising for coal, oil, natural gas and gas-guzzling vehicles in BC. #advertising

13. To end the expansion of the fossil fuel industry, ask the government to sign the international Fossil Fuels Non-Proliferation Treaty, and to plan a managed decline designed to end all extraction, transportation and sale in BC of coal by 2025, of natural gas by 2030, and of oil by 2040. #fossilfuels

14. To end public confusion caused by the frequently published lie that liquefied natural gas (LNG) is ‘clean’, and will help reduce global emissions, ask the government  and FortisBC to cease promoting this false information. Due to its associated fugitive methane emissions, natural gas from fracked sources is as harmful as coal in its climate impact. #methane

15. To reduce the dangerous climate impact of methane, which traps 84 times more heat per molecule than CO2 over 20 years, ask the government to phase out all fracking by 2030, and to regulate the reduction of BC’s methane emissions by 45% by 2030 and 100% by 2040. #methane

16. To ensure that BC’s climate pollution ceases by 2040 or earlier, ask the government to more accurately measure and publish comprehensive data on all of BC’s greenhouse gas emissions, including emissions from the forest sector, methane emissions from hydropower reservoirs, and black carbon from forest and other combustion sources. #methane #blackcarbon #forests #hydropower

BUILDINGS

17. To end the use of fossil fuels to heat BC’s buildings, ask the government to pass regulations ending the use of natural gas in all new buildings by July 2022, using heat pumps or Passive House designs instead. #buildings #heat 

18. To eliminate the use of fossil fuels in all buildings, ask the government to establish a provincial agency – RetrofitBC – that will work with First Nations, municipalities, businesses and nonprofits to develop and operate a province-wide program of building energy retrofits that will increase building efficiency and replace oil and gas heaters and furnaces with electric heat pumps by 2030, and use Property-Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) programs to provide financing. #buildings #retrofit #heat #PACE

TRANSPORTATION

19. To accelerate the end of fossil fuels in transportation, ask the government to ensure that funding is reallocated from projects that increase climate pollution such as urban highways and airport expansion to active and public transportation, including walking and bicycling facilities, local and interregional public transit services. #highways #transportation #rural #cycling #walking #transit 

20. To influence the way BC’s cities and communities grow, and to enable families to live well with fewer cars, ask all local governments to implement policies that create urban villages in which residents can easily access common services and activities within a convenient 15-minute walk or bike ride, such as stores, healthcare services, restaurants, pubs, schools, parks and public transit services. #neighbourhoods #15minute

21. To reduce the climate pollution and congestion caused by the volume of traffic, to reverse car dependency, and to speed “peak car”, ask all municipalities and the provincial government to reallocate road space from motor vehicles to transit lanes, safe separated bike routes, and pedestrian-priority streets, to support car and truck sharing and ride-sharing, and to require ICBC to bring in Pay as You Drive vehicle insurance. #traffic #pedestrians #carsharing #ridesharing

22. To further reduce traffic and congestion, ask all municipalities and the provincial government to work with the business community to strengthen local Internet access and encourage work-from-home, satellite offices, and shared neighbourhood workspaces. #telecommuting #teleworking

23. To reduce transportation emissions, and pursue affordability and health goals, ask municipal governments to eliminate exclusionary zoning codes that ban townhouses, multiplexes and low-rise apartments in residential neighborhoods, and to eliminate parking requirements that force car-free households to pay for parking facilities. This ensures that any family, including those on lower incomes, can find suitable housing in a walkable urban neighborhood. #zoning #housing #affordable #parking

24. To further reduce the climate pollution and congestion caused by the volume of traffic, ask municipalities and the provincial government to use existing rail right-of-ways for new, frequent high speed regional rail transit, and to adopt BC Transit’s Rapid Bus proposals across BC. #rail 

25. To provide safe, reliable, and accessible public transit to and from First Nations and rural communities, join with the Union of BC Indian Chiefs to ask the government to develop a public electric bus network covering every region of the province and a passenger rail network in all suitable areas. #transit #rail

26. To accelerate the adoption of electric vehicles, ask the government to require all new cars and light-duty trucks to be electric by 2030 (not 2040), most heavy-duty trucks to be electric by 2035, and to accelerate implementation of a province-wide electric vehicle charging infrastructure. EV technology is advancing rapidly, making these achievable goals. #EV #electricvehicles #trucks27. To reduce carbon emissions from transportation on waterways, ask the government to develop a plan to transition all BC-registered boats, BC Ferries, cargo and passenger ships to electrical and/or green hydrogen drive and shore power supply by 2040. #marine #boats #ferries #greenhydrogen #electricboats

ELECTRICITY

28. To end the use of fossil fuels to generate off-grid electricity, such as in Haida Gwaii and other off-grid First Nationscommunities, ask the government and  BC’s utilities to accelerate investments in solar, wind, geothermal and hybrid power generation. #solar #wind #geothermal #utilities 

29. To end the loss of good farmland, and the infringement of First Nations’ constitutionally protected rights under Treaty 8 and their ability to live their traditional modeS of life, ask the government to call an immediate halt to construction of the Site C Dam. BC has sufficient renewable energy potential to meet the full electrification of transportation and heat. #siteC #farming #renewable

ECONOMY

30. To speed the transition to 100% renewable energy, ask the government to increase BC’s carbon tax by $20 a year, with all of the revenue being returned to households and businesses every January, and to pay lower income households more in carbon tax rebates than they pay in increased energy prices. #carbontax 

31. To finance the transition to 100% renewable energy, ask the government to benefit from the German experience and establish a Public Bank to generate the finance needed for investments in the clean energy economy. #publicbank

32. To assist BC’s industry and manufacturing to end its climate pollution, ask the government to plan, regulate, support and invest in such a way that all industrial operations can operate on 100% renewable energy (including green hydrogen) by 2040. #industry #greenhydrogen

33. To reduce the climate impact of consumer and commercial wastes, ask the government to work with businesses, unions, industry associations, municipalities, Indigenous groups, First Nations and regional districts to develop a province-wide Circular Economy, enabling the achievement of near zero waste, and the reduction of waste going to incineration and other high temperature treatments and to landfills by at least 95% by 2040. #circulareconomy

34. To reduce the climate impact of meat consumption, which generates 16% of the world’s climate pollution, ask all people to adopt a Planetary Diet with less meat, and ask all schools, hospitals, restaurants and cafeterias to serve meat-free meals one day a week and provide vegetarian and vegan options every day of the week, as France is doing. #food #planetarydiet

C: Leave No-One Behind

35. To ensure that no-one is left behind during the transition to a clean energy economy, ask the government to develop a Green Social Contract that will reassure everyone who lives on a lower income that they will be supported during the transition. #greensocialcontract

36. To ensure that fossil-fuel workers, forest workers and others are supported during the transition to a clean energy economy, ask the government to develop a Green New Deal and a  ‘good jobs guarantee’ that will include income support, career transition support, and training for the new jobs that will arise. Ask the government to work with BC colleges and with Iron and Earth to establish a Transition Work Agency to assist, support and train people as they make the transition. 

37. To ensure that all people are able to find purposeful work or training when they leave school or college, ask the government to establish a Climate Corps offering two years of community service, and for businesses, governments, colleges and non-profits to organize regionally to create jobs and training positions for people within the Corps. #youth #youthclimatecorps

38. To end homelessness and unaffordable rents and mortgages, and to ensure that everyone in BC is able to enjoy the security of an affordable home, ask the government to rapidly implement the 30-Point Homes for BC Plan to build 114,000 new clean energy homes by 2030. #affordablehousing  #passivehouse  #heatpump

FOOD SECURITY 

39. To increase the share of food grown locally in BC, reduce the climate pollution caused by the transportation of food imports, and increase food security for all, ask the government to work with BC farmers and others to establish a Food Resilience Toolkit and Plan and to add a sectoral target for food and farming to reduce its climate pollution by 60% by 2030.  #farming #food

D: Protect Nature Now

40. To contribute to the need for a global annual drawdown of 30-40 billion tonnes of CO2e, reducing atmospheric COto a far more safe level of 350 ppm, ask the government to work with partners to develop a comprehensive plan and goals to maximize carbon drawdown in BC’s forests, farms and ecosystems. #drawdown

41. To ensure that BC’s forests are managed in a climate-responsible, nature-friendly manner, to reduce forest climate pollution, and to maximize the ability of BC’s forests to store and draw down carbon, ask the government to immediately end all logging of remaining old growth forest, and to rapidly develop legislation and incentives that will require all forestry on crown and private land to be ecologically sustainable, maximize carbon sequestration, and protect watersheds and biodiversity. #forests #ecoforestry

42. To reduce the climate impact of forest fires and the associated black carbon, ask the government and regional districts to allocate greater resources to progressive means of fire control and firefighting. #forests #blackcarbon

43. To ensure that BC’s farmlands are managed in a climate-responsible, nature-friendly manner, to protect biodiversity and watersheds, and to maximize the ability of farmland to draw down and store carbon, ask the government to announce a ten-year transition to organic regenerative farming across the province, encouraged by a tax on chemical pesticides and fertilizers, with farmers in transition being supported financially by income from the tax and by the appropriate training and research facilities. #organic #farming #regenerative #tax 

44. To ensure that BC’s land and marine ecosystems maximize their ability to store and draw down carbon, and to support the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration, ask the government to give each of BC’s 204 First Nation and 27 Regional District the resources needed to work with conservation societies to hire ecological restoration specialists to restore local ecosystems and develop new parks and ecological reserves. We encourage the government to establish a program of Youth Ecological Rangers to assist in this work. #restoration #ecological

45. To ensure the continued protection of species that are essential for biodiversity and climate resilience, ask the government to enact an overarching biodiversity law, inclusive of an endangered species law, to protect and recover species. #species #endangered 

46. To meet the UN Convention on Biodiversity’s goals to achieve 30% ecosystem protection of the land and ocean by 2030, and 50% by 2050, ask the government to work with the federal government, businesses, foundations and others to purchase or otherwise protect lands identified by regional districts. Only 3% of the world’s land remains ecologically intact with healthy populations of all its original animals and undisturbed habitat. #habitat #biodiversity

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