Petition for City Council
We're asking Maple Ridge Council to take urgent action on climate change.
Fill out the petition below to add your voice to the call for action now.
Why is it important to set targets?
The need for action to halt climate change is urgent.
In 2018 the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) issued a report that warned we must transform our methods of transportation, industry and energy by 2028 to avoid the worst impacts of climate change.
The report cautioned that we must limit warming to 1.5o C above pre-industrial levels (since the industrial revolution).
The world has already warmed by 1o C . Most of this warming has occurred since 1950. The world is on track for 3o C of warming based on policies and practices currently in place.
It is now 2020. The clock is ticking down, while emissions continue to rise.
Why set targets?
Without firm goals, planning is less effective and can be more costly.
If you're planning a trip, you need to know where your destination is, how you'll get there, and how much the whole trip will cost . If you're building a house, you need a blueprint, a timeline and a budget.
To reduce our greenhouse gas emissions, we need to know by how much, what the timeline is, how we'll do it, and how we'll pay for it.
And we need to keep track of how we're doing, so we can be successful. The world depends on it.
Why these targets?
These targets are what the IPCC report recommended. They are being adopted by Metro Vancouver in a Type 1 amendment, expected in 2022, which Lower Mainland cities will be expected to comply with.
What kind of actions do we expect the city to take?
We are asking the City to:
Update its community-wide greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions targets to align with the targets established by the 2018 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report:
45% below 2010 levels by 2030
65% by 2040
100% by 2050
Direct staff to investigate and report back to Council by September 2020 on actions the City can take to achieve its GHG emissions reduction targets. The report should include recommendations for:
climate change mitigation strategies and activities
climate change adaptation strategies and activities
a framework for decision-making that considers climate impacts first and foremost
a framework for public consultation
proposals for how these actions will be funded.
Direct staff to establish interim targets to monitor progress; draft a plan to measure and report annually on the municipality's emissions; begin reporting in 2020.
Why can't we wait?
These targets will be adopted by Metro Vancouver in 2022. By that time, we will have only six years left in the IPCC timeline (2018 - 2028 for dramatic reductions in emissions from all areas, but especially from our transportation, industry and energy sectors).
The longer we wait to take action, the more difficult the changes will be to make.
The good news is, in Maple Ridge we have many opportunities to place climate mitigation and adaptation at the centre of all policy decisions, from transportation planning, housing and property development, to storm water management.
What are other communities doing?
Neighbouring municipalities are moving forward to meet the challenge. Examples include:
At the Regular Council meeting on December 16, 2019, Coquitlam’s Council unanimously endorsed the following motion: “The City of Coquitlam Council acknowledges that the impacts of climate change are becoming more severe, that all levels of government around the world and their citizens must act with more urgency to lower GHG emissions, and therefore Coquitlam’s Environmental Sustainability Plan, currently being developed, should include corporate and community reduction targets including exploring the actions required to achieve the IPCC targets.”
Coquitlam will complete its public consultation in spring of 2020 and the new Environmental Sustainability Plan will be presented to Council in the fall of 2020 for their review and feedback, with a goal of finalizing the plan before the end of the year.
Learn more about Coquitlam's plans to respond to the climate emergency.
The City of Port Moody has declared a Climate Emergency and is developing a Climate Action Plan, consulting with their citizens along the way.
The Climate Action Plan will focus on mitigation (efforts to reduce or prevent the emission of GHGs); and adaptation (reducing vulnerability to the harmful effects of climate change).
Learn more about Port Moody's plans to respond to the climate emergency.
Township of Langley
At Council's request, in November of 2019 staff presented the Climate Action Strategy framework. At that time Township of Langlyy Council:
adopted new emissions reduction targets of 45% by 2030 and 100% by 2050
directed staff to engage with the public and stakeholders for input and feedback on the draft strategy
authorized staff to identify funding requests related to climate action as part of all future budget processes
requested that staff return to Council with the final Climate Action Strategy for their consideration in the fall of 2020.
Learn more about the Township of Langley's plans to respond to the climate emergency.