Let's Make Cowichan A Climate Leader


Climate disruption is an urgent challenge that requires rapid action by all levels of government, including our local governments in Cowichan. Your voice can help make that happen.

Our municipal governments decide whether we continue with more urban sprawl and higher emissions, or whether we shift to denser, walkable communities with a better quality of life while preserving our forests and soils - our carbon sinks.

Because climate impacts hit us at home, our local governments also determine how ready we are to handle floods, droughts, and fires.

Other towns and cities outside of Cowichan are starting to take climate disruption more seriously. It's time we not only caught up, but became a climate leader.

Please consider joining the more than 1,000 other community members who have signed this petition asking our local governments to step up and act.


I'll Sign
Petition Letter

Dear Mayor and Council of North Cowichan, Duncan, Ladysmith, and Lake Cowichan, and Chair and Board Members of the CVRD:

I am writing to urge you to make the Cowichan region a climate leader.

Local governments decide whether we continue with more sprawl and more emissions or whether we move to more compact, walkable communities. Land use decisions also affect the amount of carbon we store in our local trees and soils.

Municipalities also heavily influence how ready we are for climate impacts such as droughts, floods, and fires with decisions on local infrastructure.

I therefore urge you to follow other Canadian towns and cities in declaring a "climate emergency" and direct staff to bring you options for stepping up climate action more quickly. Most effective local government actions are already known - it's more a matter of implementing them. There's no time to waste, we must act now.

Yours sincerely,



Will you sign?