22 Canadian Municipalities have Declared a Climate Emergency

It’s true that our climate is changing – and we know it is because of human influence.

Just recently, Canada’s Changing Climate Report, led by Environment and Climate Change Canada, was released and stated that Canada is warming twice as fast as the rest of the world. 

The report contained alarming facts on the state of climate change in Canada and an urgent warning to take action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

While it might be kinda tempting to throw your hands up and panic, feel nervous, anxious and feel reallyyyyy uncomfortable….

We here at Random Acts of Green want to help. 

Thankfully, 21 Canadian municipalities have joined forces with an international movement to declare a state of emergency regarding the climate crisis!

We wanted to take a moment and champion them all here – and hope that more cities take charge 🙂

Here are 21 Canadian Champions declaring climate emergencies from coast-to-coast. 

1. Vancouver, British Columbia  

Declared January 26, 2019

 

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Image Source: City of Vancouver

2. Halifax, Nova Scotia  

Declared January 26, 2019

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Image Source: Canadian Encyclopedia

3. Kingston, Ontario

First city in Ontario declared on March 6, 2019.

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Image Source: Canadian Encyclopedia

4. Richmond, British Columbia 

Declared on March 25, 2019.

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Image Source: Tourism Richmond

5. Hamilton, Ontario

Declared on March 27, 2019.

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Image Source: City of Hamilton

Capital Regional District (CRD)

The Capital Regional District (CRD) is the regional government for 13 municipalities and three electoral areas on southern Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands, serving more than 413,000 citizens. The board voted unanimously in favor of making a Climate Emergency Declaration on February 13 2019.

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Image Source: Victoria’s Intersecting Municipalities

This includes:

6. Central Saanich, British Columbia

7. Colwood, British Columbia

8. Esqimalt, British Columbia

9. Highlands, British Columbia

10. Langford, British Columbia

11. Metchosin, British Columbia

12. North Saanich, British Columbia

13. Saanich, British Columbia

14. Oak Bay, British Columbia

15. Sidney, British Columbia

16. Sooke, British Columbia

17. Victoria, British Columbia

18. View Royal, British Columbia

19. Edmundston , New Brunswick

First city in New Brunswick declared on February 19, 2019.

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Image Source: Tourism New Brunswick

20. Powell River, British Columbia 

Declared on February 21, 2019.

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Image Source: Tourism Powell River

21. Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia

Declared on February 12, 2019.

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Image Source: Tourism Nova Scotia

22. Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island

Declared on April 8, 2019.

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Image Source: The Canadian Encyclopedia


There are a number of municipalities across Canada that are currently debating declaring a climate emergency including Ottawa and Guelph in Ontario.

In recent months, a movement has grown in Quebec that has seen more than 320 municipal councils endorse a Declaration d’urgency Climatique.

Many of these cities are also part of The Federation of Canadian Municipalities’ Partners for Climate protection (PCP) program.

This is a network of 350+ Canadian municipal governments who have committed to reducing greenhouse gases and acting on climate change.

The evidence provided in the most recent report confirms that Canada’s climate has warmed in response to global emissions of carbon dioxide from human activity.

This is a clear wake-up call for all Canadians that climate change is real and requires urgent action – and we want to help!

The science is clear that we all need to reduce our carbon footprint.

The Random Acts of Green® mobile app is designed to help you understand your impact by quantifying the amount of greenhouse gas emissions that can be reduced when you make low-carbon lifestyle choices.  Our app provides individuals with a range of behavior-based approaches to achieve a daily carbon reduction target that best fits your lifestyle. 

Take action TODAY.

Download the App

Join our ongoing 30 day challenge during the month of April(and beyond) to make changes in your habits to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

“30 Ways in 30 Days” to show the World you care.

Take real action confronting your IMPACT on the Earth across sectors like Transportation, Waste, Food, Water and Energy.

Join these brave municipalities who have the courage to acknowledge the situation we are in and commit to do something about it – Today.  🙂

Ohhhh, Canada…!! Our home and native land… Let’s do something good…. to help protect it 🙂

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Last Updated: April 11, 2019

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