Discussion 3: What can you and others do to prepare for impacts from climate change?

The Province is doing critical work through CleanBC to reduce our emissions and take action on climate change. But greenhouse gas emissions already in the atmosphere will continue to cause changes over the coming decades. Preparing for climate change is about understanding these changes and developing appropriate measures to respond and be prepared. It’s what we call being “climate-ready”.

While BC will have warmer temperatures in all regions, each region will face different climate impacts. For example, southern Vancouver Island will experience considerably less rain in the summer, while north-east regions of the province will see more precipitation across all seasons.

To explore specific climate impacts for your region, check out the Plan2Adapt tool: www.pacificclimate.org/analysis-tools/plan2adapt.

Generally, climate changes likely to occur in B.C. include:

  • Warmer temperatures in all seasons
  • More intense and more common heavy rain events
  • Increased drought and water shortages
  • Larger and more frequent wildfires
  • Changes in growing seasons for crops and gardens
  • Changes in streamflow patterns and lake levels
  • Stronger storm surges
  • Rising sea levels
  • Changing forest conditions
  • Changes in plant and animal distributions
  • Smaller snowpack and loss of glaciers
  • Lowering the pH of the Ocean (Ocean Acidification)


Question 3: What parts of your life do you feel will be affected by future climate change? What are you doing or what could you do to prepare for these changes? What could others (e.g. government, businesses) do to prepare?

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8 responses to “Discussion 3: What can you and others do to prepare for impacts from climate change?

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    [-] Lily

    Interesting enough the climate variability has affected the hydrological pattern in the local watershed the most, which is a fundamental factor of the changes in ecosystems. For government, industry and communities to respond to climate change proactively, we’ll need more studies to identify climate change impacts to the hydrological cycle and assess risks to watersheds and ecosystems, and develop and implement strategies and action plans to address climate resilience in water supply and water infrastructure systems through integrated watershed management and sustainable land development.

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    [-] harshan

    We can do a lot:
    • Know your risks and have a plan to manage them, both personally and professionally
    • Learn about lower carbon and resilient strategies, approaches and solutions
    • Learn about community engagement and working in diverse teams that includes planners, biologists, landscape architects, indigenous experts, and members of the public
    • Strive to achieve consensus on a balance point that includes a reasonable consideration of climate
    • Make your voice heard and help shape public policy

    Be in the know about:
    • Climate data and trends (it is possible to use climate data to drive design decisions)
    • International and local legislation, codes and standards (model I-codes, ISO Standards, local by-laws and policies from emergency declarations)
    • Funding and Incentive Programs (Disaster Mitigation and Adaptation Funding, Green Municipal Fund etc., Better Buildings BC)
    • Risk assessment (ISO 31000, ISO 14090, PIEVC etc.) and carbon accounting (ISO14064 series) tools/methodologies
    • Cost benefit analysis: NPVs, ROI, discount rates, value engineering analysis (be aware of benchmarks, code reqt’s, targets, and KPIs)

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    [-] Andrea

    We must plant trees. And more trees!
    And protect the forests that are continually being slaughtered. If we adopt Diana Beresford-Kroeger’s plant laid out in http://calloftheforest.ca, we could slow down the effects of climate change. If the trees go, we go.

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    [-] Mary

    We drink less coffee so our fair trade coffee is not impossible to grow anymore due to climate catastrophe, we try to buy Canadian, we try not to purchase goods that have been shipped from Asia, eat no meat from grocery stores or restaurants unless it is local and humanely grown and humanely killed, we absolutely do not support any industrial agriculture as the animal abuse is awful and horrendous and the emissions are very high, do not purchase from Amazon because of all the wasteful packaging , be happy with less stuff, do not eat any GMO foods as spraying with glyphosate contributes to climate disasters, eat only organic and locally grown produce as much as possible, we don’t go on any trips that are not necessary, we visit family and get there the most fossil free way we can, don’t buy wild salmon, don’t eat wild salmon and don’t go near farm salmon. That is the only way the wild salmon stocks will return. We have to give them time to return. We wash all plastic bags and reuse over and over, grow as much as we can as food shortages are on the way and happening now, we don’t support any new pipelines or any new fossil fuel projects, we work for new sustainable green projects, we vote for parties that do not support new fossil fuel projects (don’t be a fossil fool), use much less paper, wash clothes & dishes only if we have a full load and try to hang laundry to dry, installed yellow blue from Pacific Eco products in our ceilings to cut down heat in summer and stay warmer in winter, we don’t use any insecticides or herbicides, try to use only natural soaps and beauty products, avoid microplastics and synthetic clothing, avoid single use plastic, always carry our own reuseable bags and go cups, buy only foods with no palm oil as orangutans are going extinct and buying palm oil products encourages farmers to set fire to the Amazon, we have wildfire hosing for our roof and an emergency kit, turn unnecessary lights off, use a slow cooker-less electricity, let the politicians know 11,000 scientists say we have little time to change and must triple our goals now.

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    [-] Michael

    I am a Metis-Canadian citizen living in Vancouver, BC. Please stop the climate hysteria. The only part of my life that has been affected is seeing crying teenagers in downtown Vancouver, weeping over the lies they’ve been told by their wealthy, privledged, Marxist college professors (who have multiple homes, cars and fly around the world) and who are desperate to institute an unending “climate tax” on Canadians (while lobbying for increased funding to their university employers). Canada can have ZERO affect on the climate of the earth, the two countries driving carbon emissions are India and China. Regardless, the Earth’s route cycles around the sun are measured in millions of years as it goes in and out of ice ages. The best thing you can do is start listening to actual scientists and not media and university administrators who know nothing. This article should help you as a starting point:


    Please stop lying to people. Thank You.

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    [-] Lee

    In truth studies research or action plans will not work for climate change. We as humans are consumers and unless we as a world decide to go back to a simpler life climate change will continue. Unfortunately the rate is unknown the more we try to safe the worse we pollute. Eg: electric vehicles look at the open pit lithium mines they are devastating not to mention how much diesel fuel they most go through in order to mine. Basically come down to the big picture of finding a better way to do things overall. Industrial production is killing the planet and all species along with it. It starts with human change less technology and more practical lifestyles

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    [-] Harold

    What can you and others do to prepare for impacts from climate change? Build homes with the 200 year flood in mind. Thicker walls of insulation for the extreme weather conditions. Storage rain water on site. Build or retrofit to net-zero standards. Solar panels, battery walls, Geo-exchange and electric vehicles will be the new standard. Sooner the better.

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    [-] Eric

    Managing water supply is my biggest concern. This isn’t something new to us but it is something I’m more aware of. I never thought this would be an issue in Canada. I see the increasing impacts of urbanisation and development as greenspace is converted to living space. Whether it is more pavement, more parks, or more condos, the end result is more limited water retention both in dry seasons and wet. The natural buffering effect is steadily being eroded. The creeks and ponds that supply my wells and crops are increasingly threatened. The provincial government ordered my neighbour to stop irrigating his fields this summer (under threat of significant fine) while the nearby commercial gravel pit kept pumping water from the same aquifer to wash rock for construction. He lost his crop.
    My own small community could say “enough development” . We don’t need to become an inexpensive bedroom community for the big city. Mayor and council love the increasing tax dollars they get to “invest to make our lives better” however we are just trading “stuff” for a reduced quality of life for ourselves and our children. Instead of deluding ourselves about “sustainable growth” perhaps we might switch our priority to become a more sustainable community. Sustainability begins at the local level.