Lower the noise on climate change

November 1, 2015

Sometimes simple things can make a difference.

There is a strong relationship between where and how we live and our impact on the climate. This brings the focus on our communities – big and  small.

I have appreciated being engaged recently in discussions considering what policies would best support local action on climate change.

One that I like is very simple: include language in the Ontario Municipal Act that clearly gives municipalities a responsibility for climate change. Not “the” responsibility but “a” responsibility because when it comes to reducing greenhouse gas emissions, it has to be all hands on deck.

It is a simple step but it could help reduce some of the noise at the local level.  There are still local politicians arguing that climate change is not a municipal issue.  Precious time is lost debating whether to act rather than figuring out how to be part of the solution.

Photo credit: By Luis Miguel Bugallo Sánchez (Lmbuga Commons)(Lmbuga Galipedia) Publicada por/Publish by: Luis Miguel Bugallo Sánchez (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons