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North Cowichan Council has adopted a Climate Action and Energy Plan and its Climate Change Advisory Committee is working on a series of public events to share the findings, the plan and to engage public support in meaningful behaviour change.
The first event -- Community4Climate -- will be held between 1:00 and 4:30 p.m on Saturday, June 8, 2013 at Vancouver Island University, 2011 University Way, Duncan, B.C. The afternoon will have an exhibition-like atmosphere with various agencies sharing information and offering interactive activities to help people learn more about their carbon footprint and how they can make it smaller. This free community event will also include a presentation of the plan, live music by Masimba Marimba, family games, prizes and food. To get things started, Council has established an Climate Action and Energy Reserve Fund for municipal projects that will reduce annual energy costs currently estimated at $1.7 million. “It is expected that selected projects will have a payback time of five to seven years,” said Mayor Lefebure, “but the long-term benefits to our residents, our communities and our planet are timeless.”
Close to 80% of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in North Cowichan come from private homes and vehicles. “The Climate Action and Energy Plan (CAEP) provides information on how simple changes can not only save our residents money, but also reduce their carbon footprint,” said North Cowichan Climate Change Advisory Committee Chair, Councillor Kate Marsh. She added, “Public support is critical for us to meet our target to reduce emissions 33% by 2025.”
Come out, bring your family, friends and neighbours and learn ways to decrease energy use and emissions, encourage a local green economy and support a high-quality, sustainable, healthy, safe life in the valley. Spread the word!
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