B.C. is rising to the challenge of climate change

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We are taking action on climate change

CleanBC is government’s plan to lower climate-changing emissions by 40% by 2030 and we are already making progress. But the scale of the climate emergency we are living through demands that we act with even greater urgency. That’s why we are scaling up measures that are working and introducing new ideas so we can meet our ambitious climate targets. B.C. is collaborating with partners, industry and local governments to take action. Together, we’re protecting nature, building a cleaner economy and preparing communities for our future climate. 

CleanBC strategies

B.C. is a leader in taking strong action to protect and preserve our environment. We continue to set ambitious targets and introduce new ideas to address climate change. We’ve gotten input on our approach from people throughout the province, including Indigenous leaders and climate experts.

We used that feedback to set two strategies:

The B.C. government publishes a report each year outlining progress on climate action. Review B.C.’s latest Climate Change Accountability report [8.47MB PDF].

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B.C. can make a difference 

B.C. has many natural resources that help meaningfully reduce pollution. We have plentiful clean hydroelectricity. We have renewable resources. We have a skilled workforce and a strong economy.  

B.C. is committed to reach net-zero carbon pollution by 2050. This means that beyond the emissions we eliminate by 2050, we will capture and store more carbon pollution than we make. 

As we work to meet our 2050 goals, we are investing in new technology, adopting new policies and improving systems. These changes can show other governments that net-zero pollution is possible, and how to get there. 

Each of us has a role to play

No one person, or government, can turn things around on their own. It will take all of us doing our part to seize the opportunity in overcoming this historic challenge.

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Explore how CleanBC is bringing people together to protect what we value most

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Restoring coastal ecosystems

In the face of climate change, it’s more important than ever to protect natural ecosystems. We can take action to support healthier habitats for fish and wildlife and reduce the impacts of flooding. That’s exactly what locals are doing in the Comox Valley with the Kus-kus-sum project.

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Investing in good, sustainable jobs

To build a clean future for B.C., we need good jobs for people in sustainable industries. This means creating innovative new products like mass timber.

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Strengthening food security

We’re supporting farming and agriculture practices that are more sustainable so we can rely on our local food systems for years to come. 

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Providing rebates for cleaner energy choices

We’re working to make cleaner energy choices more affordable for people. With more fast-charging electric vehicle stations and rebates for electric vehicles and energy-efficient heat pumps, cleaner energy choices are becoming more accessible for British Columbians. 

Working in partnership with Indigenous Peoples

Stronger partnerships with Indigenous peoples make sure Indigenous perspectives and interests are a central part of how we respond to climate change. 

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Explore how human activity is driving the climate emergency

The climate is already changing in B.C. and around the world. Extreme weather events are happening more often, from widespread flooding to severe wildfires to record breaking heat waves. Communities across the province have felt the devastating impacts. 

Human activity is the main driver causing these changes in our climate. Our health, along with the well-being of our land, forests, rivers and oceans, is at risk.  

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About climate change

Learn what climate change is, how it happens, and how it’s showing up in B.C.

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Drivers of climate change

Learn what humans are doing to cause climate change.

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Impacts of climate change

From gradual shifts to climate emergencies, learn how climate change affects B.C.