Due to rising greenhouse gas emissions and the resulting changing climate, communities in BC are experiencing shifting and extreme temperature and precipitation patterns. We will be seeing a greater frequency of intense weather events (storms, heavy precipitation, flood and drought), more days of extreme heat, and changes to our natural ecological systems. Although these are significant challenges, we have an opportunity to minimize the impacts by taking action now to prepare for the changes. In addressing these challenges, we also have the chance to better design our communities and sectors to support equity, environmental health and resilience. We can better integrate Low Carbon Resilience approaches, which brings together mitigation and adaptation strategies in planning, policy and implementation. Low carbon resilience gives us multiple co-benefits for public health, biodiversity and quality of life.
In beginning your journey to prepare for climate change, you can start by better understanding the projected local impacts for your community and region. There are many resources available on our website to help you get started.