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City Announces Virtual Public Engagement Sessions on the Draft Community Climate Action Plan

City Announces Virtual Public Engagement Sessions on the Draft Community Climate Action Plan

April 26, 2021 at 3:53 pm  Kamloops, Municipal, News

The Community Climate Action Plan (CCAP) project team has scheduled three virtual public engagement sessions to share highlights of the City’s draft CCAP (which was presented to the Committee of the Whole on April 20, 2021) and to obtain feedback from participants. 

The CCAP aims to guide, motivate, and inspire our community to work together to reduce fossil fuel use and greenhouse gas emissions, and to increase our resilience to the impacts of climate change. 

The draft CCAP is the culmination of a community engagement process and features eight “Big Moves” that encompass a set of strategies and bold actions that have the potential to reduce community greenhouse gas emissions by 30% by 2030 and 80% by 2050, which is in line with international efforts to limit global warming to 1.5°C. 

“While ambitious, these targets are achievable,” said Glen Cheetham, the City’s Sustainability Services Supervisor. “Many of the CCAP’s Big Move strategies build upon actions already underway in our community, such as expanding our connected bike network, constructing and retrofitting homes for higher energy efficiency, preparing for organics collection, and transitioning to electric vehicles.”

Virtual engagement sessions will be hosted via Zoom on the following dates (registration not required): 

•    Tuesday, May 4, 5:00–6:30 pm
•    Wednesday, May 5, 6:00–7:30 pm
•    Thursday, May 6, 12:00–1:00 pm

Links to participate will be available on the Let’s Talk Community Climate Action Plan web page. An engagement package that summarizes some of the key information from the larger draft CCAP document is also available for download as a reference guide for participants. 

During the virtual engagement sessions, staff will outline the Big Moves and their accompanying strategies and targets and share how the draft plan has evolved thanks to feedback from public engagement efforts in fall 2020. There will also be opportunities for participants to provide feedback and ask questions.

Following the virtual engagement sessions, staff will update the draft plan with feedback received from the public, internal staff, and external stakeholders. The final CCAP is scheduled to be presented to Council for adoption in June.

For more information, visit the Let’s Talk Community Climate Action Plan web page at LetsTalk.Kamloops.ca/ClimateAction.


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