what you can do
Scientists around the world have concluded that the rapid increase in the production of greenhouse gases (GHGs) is causing an increase in the average temperature on the earth's surface. GHGs are produced when fossil fuels like gasoline, coal and natural gas are burned or when methane is released from landfills.
What does climate change mean for West Vancouver?
Research shows that about 95 per cent of West Vancouver’s GHGs are generated by the community, and 54 per cent of those GHGs come from heating homes. The rest of the GHGs produced in the community come from on-road commuting (41 per cent) and solid waste (4 per cent). As GHG emissions continue to grow, increased average temperatures will cause drier summers, wetter winters and more frequent extreme weather events, such as heat waves and storm surges. Another product of climate change is sea-level rise. It is estimated that by 2100, the sea in English Bay could rise by as much as one metre and inundate significant portions of West Vancouver’s waterfront.
Tackling climate change will require a range of actions—to reduce GHG emissions and also to prepare for the impacts that it could bring to the District.