Since hosting the LCF in 2017, the City of Victoria has adopted a bold Climate Leadership Plan that accelerates action towards low-carbon prosperity and lays out a path for a smart, connected, and resilient community. We look forward to hosting and to learning what exciting projects and initiatives are underway across the country.
There’s more urgency than ever for us to build on the lessons learned at LCF and go home and implement in our own communities. The October 2018 IPCC report means we have no time to waste. And with 70% of public infrastructure in Canada within the jurisdiction of cities and responsible for approximately 50% of greenhouse gases generated in the country local governments and our partners have a key role to play.
As climate change mitigation and adaptation efforts continue in cities around the world, it’s critically important to bring both a health and well-being and an equity lens to our efforts. We must take seriously the proposition that without attention to the health impacts of climate change we risk rolling back much of the progress that has been made for healthy communities in the last few decades. Climate change action that uses a health and social equity lens can help to protect the most vulnerable, while at the same time providing a mechanism to build better neighbourhoods, promote social connectedness, facilitate deeper collaboration with diverse sectors, and engage with citizens on the ground.
I look forward to welcoming you to Victoria this October for this exciting opportunity to build resilient and sustainable cities for future generations.