Act locally to counter climate change: Bob McDonald

May 18, 2015 at 10:30 am Leave a comment

Environmental activism, scientific papers on climate change and rebukes of government inaction are not the way to move towards a low-carbon lifestyle.

A new report says real change comes from the community.

The report by the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions at the University of Victoria has shown that mobilizing local communities leads to realistic changes that, overall, could add up to a country-wide movement.

The recent report is a synthesis of several research projects that was carried out in communities around British Columbia between 2009 and 2014. These involved a variety of activities, including interactive workshops on community planning, 3D visualizations, mobile apps and demonstration projects that brought together local citizens, business people and politicians.

The idea is to mobilize the “silent majority” by identifying specific, affordable projects that relate only to that community. Then, through a group effort, the community can come up with realistic ways to make them happen.

Read Act locally to counter climate change by Bob McDonald, host of Quirks and Quarks, CBC News.

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Entry filed under: Carbon_Emissions, Climate, Community.

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