Public can weigh in on Kamloops' Climate Action Plan

The sessions will be held virtually via Zoom on Tuesday, May 4, from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., on Wednesday, May 5, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m, and on Thursday, May 6, from noon to 1 p.m.

The city is hosting a series of sessions for the public next week on its Community Climate Action Plan.

The plan, which was recently presented to council in its draft stage, aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Kamloops over the next 30 years to combat the impacts of climate change.

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Among various strategies, the plan aims to encourage greener transportation and buildings.

The sessions will be held virtually via Zoom on Tuesday, May 4, from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., on Wednesday, May 5, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m, and on Thursday, May 6, from noon to 1 p.m.

City staff will discuss the plan during the session and there will also be time for feedback and questions.

For more information and links to participate in the meetings, go online to letstalk.kamloops.ca/climateaction. Pre-registration is not required.

Local impacts of climate change are seen in more extreme summer heat waves and droughts and more frequent and intense wildfires and seasonal flooding, according to the draft plan, which also notes climate scientists predict impacts will intensify as global temperatures rise. The draft plan sets out a series of actions to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 80 per cent by 2050 — 29 years from now — in a bid to help limit global warming to 1.5 C, which is in line with international efforts.

(The draft plan only identifies actions for 70 per cent emissions reduction, but states a remaining 10 per cent needed to reach that goal will be later determined.)

The draft plan indicates short-term, high-level spending on new programs would cost $2.7 million in 2022, increasing to $4.2 million by 2026. It comes in addition to programming already underway, which amounts to about $2.6 million per year.

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