Climate change is a global phenomenon that has significant local impacts including extreme weather conditions, intense droughts, heat waves, severe fires, rising sea levels, flooding, storms and declining biodiversity.
In 2019, Council declared a climate emergency and committed to taking bold action to achieve the greenhouse gas reductions required to keep global temperature increases below 1.5°C. Council went further through the development of the Seven Bold Steps for Climate Action with the goal of moving New Westminster towards a zero carbon future by 2050.
Since this declaration the City has taken significant strides to prioritize Climate Action as a driving motivation for strategic planning and budgeting. To achieve these targets we must also involve the entire community, ensuring special consideration is given to those most vulnerable. At the same time, we must continue to protect our ecosystem and urban forest while preparing for the unavoidable impacts that climate change brings.