On Thursday 21st AWARE was thankful to have the opportunity to host the Honourable Elizabeth May in Whistler, as she gave us the inside scoop on the recent COP21 UN Climate Conference in Paris. The evening event highlighted the significance of the global climate commitments made in Paris but also put the spotlight on the reliance of achieving these commitments on community action.
We know there were lots of people who could not attend or get tickets to this sold out event so to watch the event please check out the video below:
Sea-to-Sky Mayors and MLA Jordan Sturdy joined Elizabeth May to share provincial and local community climate actions underway. They also each highlighted a number of calls to action for Sea-to-Sky community members including:
- MLA Jordan Sturdy, Chair of the provincial BC Climate Leadership Team, asked attendees to provide feedback on the developing BC Climate Leadership Plan in the public comment period between Jan 25th – March 25th.
- Mayor Wilhelm-Morden encouraged Whistler attendees to watch for details of an upcoming open house relating to the Community Energy and Climate Action Plan and to consider getting a subsidised home energy audit.
- Mayor Richman of Pemberton, highlighted the importance of ensuring we connect youth with climate action and positive environmental stewardship which in Pemberton can be helped by the Pemberton Stewardship Society. Another group mentioned was the Sea-to-Sky Clean Air Society who offer a woodstove replacement rebate program.
- Mayor Heintzman encouraged all attendees to get involved with local grassroots groups to collectively act on
climate initiatives and for Squamish residents highlighted the work of Squamish CAN and the opportunity to input into an update of Squamish’s Official Community Plan on Jan. 28th and online.
At the Climate Solutions Expo attendees were able to connect with tangible actions that could be integrated into homes, businesses, lifestyles and communities.
Thank you to everyone who came to this event which attracted people from as far as Vancouver. We look forward to hosting more events like this in the future.