Climate Change

Year
2019
Category
Environment
NCLGA Ref#
R21

Status

NCLGA Executive Recommendation: No Recommendation | Endorsed by the NCLGA Membership

Details

Whereas 187 local governments in British Columbia - 98% of the total - are signatories to the Climate Action Charter that commits them to work towards carbon neutral operations, measure community-wide emissions and create complete compact, energy-efficient communities;

And whereas engaging in symbolic actions such as writing letters, passing resolutions and filing class-action lawsuits in the name of "climate liability" against major innovation drivers and employers is not an appropriate direction for BC municipalities because it will hinder rather than help the ability of municipalities and local communities to continue their work to implement the Climate Action Charter and enable healthy, thriving local economies:

Therefore be it resolved that the NCLGA and UBCM recognize their role to represent and serve the common needs of all local governments in BC in our diverse, resource-based province and to affirm that decarbonisation and reduction of GHG emissions should continue to be an important focus for civic policy- makers, industry, British Columbians and other stakeholders, recognizing the value of BC's resource sector and its contribution to British Columbian's quality of life and that British Columbians support the resource sector to continue its work to serve the needs of society while transitioning to a low carbon economy.

Responses

The Resolutions Committee advises that the UBCM membership has not previously considered a resolution calling on UBCM to: recognize UBCM's role in representing and serving the needs of all communities; affirming the need for decarbonization and GHG reduction to continue while recognizing the value of the resource sector; and for British Columbians to support the resource sector while transitioning to a low carbon economy.

North Central Local Government Association