Paris Marshall Smith
Representing Diverse Communities in the Kootenays
We are excited to introduce RDCK Climate Actions (draft) and accompanying Climate Action Workbook (draft) for public review and comment.
This is latest RDCK climate action effort. The public booklet and workbook represent years of collaborative efforts between staff, residents and climate action experts to make visible the work of the RDCK, and also design a bold plan for reducing pollution and increasing our ability to adapt to the changes we are experiencing.
From February to April, we are engaging with RDCK staff, Committees and Commissions. We look forward to hearing from you.
Ways you can participate and share your thoughts:
RDCK Climate Actions is the most recent effort of the RDCK Climate Action Strategy and outlines a path to creating a healthier more resilient region. RDCK Climate Actions centers the rural experience, integrates equity into climate action, and focuses on building a culture that supports action. The actions are organized across 10 pathways – Land Use & Planning, Transportation & Mobility, Energy, Buildings, Resource Recovery, Water, Food & Agriculture, Floods & Geohazards, Wildfire, and Leadership & Operations
RDCK Climate Actions is presented in different forms for different audiences:
Within each Pathway are 5-12 actions supported by implementation plans for a total of 96 actions, two-thirds of which were already identified in RDCK departmental workplans. The additional third were identified through consultation with experts, engagement with community and collaboration with staff. Some examples of new actions include:
CLIMATE ACTION CULTURE
Achieving the targeted carbon pollution reductions will require changes from all of us. RDCK Climate Actions focuses on tangible actions, as well as actions designed to shift our collective culture to prioritize low carbon and adaptive actions. We call this Climate Action Culture. RDCK Climate Actions addresses both our corporate and community Climate Action Culture by considering ways to work together to change our behaviour and build more resilient, connected and equitable communities.
Corporately, RDCK Climate Actions is building a culture that prioritizes climate actions in all RDCK decision-making processes to support behavioural change. Tools include policy, decision-making matrices, regulation, incentives, messaging and learning labs, and formal and informal discussions.
For the community at large, RDCK Climate Actions is supporting current climate action culture through partnerships and investigating new rurally focussed opportunities using tools like learning labs, think tanks, hubs, and pilots.
In April 2019, the RDCK declared a climate action imperative for all orders of the government to apply a low carbon resilience lens to decisions on building construction, energy systems, resource recovery, land use and transportation. This imperative obliges the RDCK to pursue opportunities that will further catalyze the RDCK as a climate action leader.
In response to the Board`s directive, RDCK climate action strategy was drafted to support clear and deliberate action. The strategy includes 3 pillars:
The intent of RDCK Climate Actions is to identify actions that build on existing successes in our communities and take advantage of current initiatives while advocating for and creating opportunities focused on rural areas through pilot projects, programs, policies, and incentives. As well, RDCK Climate Actions will work with member municipalities to support the reduction of their carbon pollution through collaboration and partnership. The strategy of designing the Plan with a 4-year lifespan aligned with the electoral cycle is to ensure the RDCK’s climate action work stays dynamic and is able to integrate new and emerging policies and technologies.
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