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Mitigation & Adaptation

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The Dual Challenge

BC’s community leaders — together with leaders in the public and private sectors — can tackle climate change in two important ways: through mitigation and adaptation.

Climate Change Mitigation

thumbnail_migitation.jpgMitigation is focused on actions that slow the rate of climate change — by reducing greenhouse gas emissions (e.g., cleaner energy, use of transit over cars) or increasing absorption of these gases (e.g., preserving or planting trees).

Most BC local governments have signed the BC Climate Action Charter. They have committed to carbon neutrality in their corporate operations, monitoring and reporting on community greenhouse gas emissions, and creating compact, energy-efficient communities.

Climate Change Adaptation

Adaptation is focused on actions that minimize the negative impacts of climate change (e.g., preparing for flood or water scarcity) or take advantage of potential opportunities (e.g., planting crops earlier).

The Earth’s atmosphere will continue to warm for a century or more from existing greenhouse gases, even if future emissions are reduced. There are consequences for natural systems on which people rely. Adaptation measures are therefore critical to the resilience of BC communities.

About ReTooling for Climate Change

The ReTooling for Climate Change website is a project of the Fraser Basin Council to support local governments and First Nations in BC in preparing for climate change adaptation. The site is funded through the BC Regional Adaptation Collaborative (BC RAC), a partnership program of the Fraser Basin Council and the BC Ministry of Environment – Climate Action Secretariat, with funding from Natural Resources Canada and other in-kind contributions.

Find out more about the Fraser Basin Council and the BC RAC at www.fraserbasin.bc.ca.

We want to hear from you

Share your ideas and suggestions for new resource links to , Senior Program Manager, at the Fraser Basin Council.

Also worth a visit

On this site, you’ll find links to many helpful websites on climate change adaptation.

For steps communities can take to mitigate climate change, check out the Climate Action Toolkit website.