Climate Change is Happening
Climate change is one of the most critical issues humanity faces. It is an important battle that all governments need to demonstrate leadership on.
This year in Canada, we saw its impacts happening in real time, as out-of-control wildfires in British Columbia and Alberta displaced thousands of workers, families and residents. The evidence is in front of us — we have already seen considerable climate change in British Columbia over the past century.
British Columbia is Taking Action
Increasing knowledge of the impacts of climate change is what drove the launch of our world-leading Climate Action Plan in 2008. This plan included a wide range of large-scale policies designed to reduce British Columbia’s impact on the environment, and was foundational in driving us to reach our first target to reduce GHG emissions to 6 per cent below 2007 levels by 2012.
By the end of 2012, all of the actions outlined in the first plan were underway or complete, including more than $1 billion in climate action programs and tax incentives to encourage cleaner choices.
Since 2012, British Columbia has continued to invest in the innovation and infrastructure that will help us reach our 2050 target. To date, an additional $1.9 billion has been dedicated to keeping British Columbia on the path to a lower carbon economy, including investments such as:
- $50 million in clean energy and technology;
- $831 million for clean transportation;
- $300 million for transportation infrastructure;
- $24 million to improve the energy efficiency of homes and businesses; and
- $704 million for clean electricity infrastructure.
The Climate Leadership Plan is British Columbia’s next step to fight climate change. This plan highlights the first set of actions we are taking to help meet our 2050 emissions reduction target of 80 per cent below 2007 levels, while building a clean economy.
These actions are expected to reduce annual greenhouse gas emissions by up to 25 million tonnes below current forecasts by 2050 and create up to 66,000 jobs over the next ten years.