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?
Share photos of the changes you are seeing on social media and tag #ClimateReadyBC and #MyClimateStoryBC