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Mayor Introduces Climate Change - Engaging the Delta Community to Make a Difference Notice of Motion

Oct 08, 2019

At the October 7, 2019 Regular Meeting of Delta Council, Mayor George V. Harvie provided the following Notice of Motion regarding a Climate Change, which will be considered at the next Regular Meeting of Council on October 28, 2019:

WHEREAS an October 8, 2018 report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) finds that it is necessary to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius, rather than 2 degrees as previously understood, and that doing so “would require rapid, far- reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society,”

AND WHEREAS the costs to the City of Delta for mitigating and adapting to the impact of climate change – including sea level rise, flooding, wildfire risk, and extreme precipitation – are significant;

AND WHEREAS Delta has completed a number of actions towards reducing its contribution to Climate Change as set out in Delta’s Corporate Climate Change Initiative and Community Energy and Emissions Plan however, a greater sense of urgency and level of commitment to take additional measures is required;

AND WHEREAS Delta’s youth along with youth from around the world, are demanding meaningful, equitable and deliberate action on the climate which has been brought to the forefront through recent Climate Strikes and the poignant words of Greta Thunberg at the United Nations Climate Summit;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT:

  1. Staff be directed to provide for Council’s consideration a report that includes a review of the following:
    1. Actions the City is presently taking to reduce GHG emissions (corporate and community);
    2. The process for updating the City’s community GHG reduction targets within the Official Community Plan to be consistent with IPCC targets, meaning a 45% reduction by 2030 and zero net emissions by 2050;
    3. Funding requirements to update Delta’s Community Energy and Emissions Plan to identify additional actions Delta can take towards supporting GHG reductions at the community level;
    4. A strategy to engage the community in dialogue and action on the Community Energy and Emission Plan that will result in drastic reduction of community-wide emissions;
    5. Plans to support active transportation and transit in Delta, including the continuation of work with the Province and Translink on developing a “green corridor” along Highway 99 in connection with the George Massey Tunnel Replacement Project;
    6. The importance of enhancing Delta’s biodiversity, including Burns Bog restoration and urban reforestation;
    7. Options for funding mitigation and adaptation projects that recognize the urgency of climate change; and
    8. Other ideas and input from the Mayor’s Youth Council related to climate change initiatives.