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North Cowichan's New Climate Model

North Cowichan is about to engage the public on its latest climate and energy modelling and updated priorities on emissions reductions. You may remember this was also done back in 2013 as part of the municipality’s award-winning Climate Action and Energy Plan.

That plan failed to result in the actions needed to meet its goals. Meanwhile the climate crisis has accelerated to the point where scientists are now warning about the threat to civilization itself. Standing still in North Cowichan or anywhere else is not an option, so this time needs to be different. We must act with the same urgency we’ve done with COVID-19.

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What Would A Good CVRD Climate Plan Look Like?

Did you know that the CVRD has a climate target? You’d be forgiven if not, since it’s not featured in many places. But there is one: to reduce emissions in the valley 33% below 2007 levels by 2020 and 80% below by 2050. (Science has since moved on to require cutting emissions in half by 2030 and reaching net zero emissions by 2050).

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Sprawl Won. What Next?

You’ve probably heard by now that the motion to limit sprawl in North Cowichan while a new OCP is being developed got voted down.

A few voices spoke in favour of the motion to limit development in specific areas distant from amenities on the outer edge of the urban containment boundary. But developers turned out big trucks to circle the municipal hall, honking their horns in a clear show of intimidation. Other speakers lined up to variously denounce the “moratorium on development” (it wasn’t) or to deny that climate change is a real thing.

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