Imagine our Future: What is your vision for Waterloo Region’s future efforts to prevent climate change?
Your input is wanted on setting a new long-term community greenhouse gas reduction target. Please fill out this survey to help contribute to the vision of Waterloo Region’s future.
What is climate change?
Climate change is defined as the warming of the earth’s atmosphere, which causes changes in weather patterns and extreme storm events. According to a study done by the University of Waterloo, the Region of Waterloo is predicted to experience an increase in the amount of rain we receive higher average temperatures in both the summer and winter months, and more intense wind and storms due to climate change.
Why does climate change matter?
The changes in climate conditions may impact people’s homes, businesses, employment, health, safety, and much more.
What are greenhouse gases?
Climate change is caused in part by greenhouse gas emissions. A large amount of greenhouse gas emissions are produced by human activities such as burning oil and gas for heating homes, driving a gas or diesel powered vehicle, manufacturing goods, etc.
Why should we reduce greenhouse gases?
Reducing the amount of emissions Waterloo Region produces will help to reduce the impacts of climate change for future generations, and help to sustain the use of natural resources. It will also result in better air quality and health.
How is the Region of Waterloo responding to climate change?
The Region of Waterloo is a partner of Waterloo Region’s Climate Action Plan, which guides our community’s local action to address climate change. The play lays out a path to reduce Waterloo Region’s greenhouse gas emissions by 6% below 2010 levels, and to achieve this target by 2020. The Region has also reduced emissions from it's operations by 15% since 2009.
What are the next steps to combatting climate change in the Region of Waterloo?
Waterloo Region is making great progress toward the 2020 target. Now, ClimateActionWR is looking ahead to setting the community’s next, long-term target for greenhouse gas reductions by 2050, and we need your input. Please respond to these questions, and let us know where you think Waterloo Region should be heading.
- For more detailed information on the community Climate Action Plan, please visit http://www.climateactionwr.ca/
- You can sign up for the ClimateActionWR email list at http://www.climateactionwr.ca/newsletter-sign-up/
- You can also contact Kate Daley, the Plan Manager at Climate Action WR by phoning 226-476-1659 or via e-mail at email@example.com.