Best practices in a changing climate: Investigating the role of local government planners in climate change mitigation
In 2018, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) identified that the global target for climate change mitigation must be a limit of 1.5 ºC warming – a target that requires rapid reductions in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 and a coordinated response from all levels of government. This research seeks to explore the roles of local government planners in this urgent transition, and what tools they can harness to reduce emissions in their communities. This research examines the experiences of local government planners and climate action staff across the province of British Columbia (BC), and reviews recently adopted Climate Action Plans from local government jurisdictions of varying sizes and regions in BC. While findings suggest that greater Provincial government action and support is needed to meet the IPCC’s target, the research also finds that planners play important role within their local governments’ climate change mitigation efforts, including collaboration, advocacy, engagement, policymaking, and policy implementation.
Identifier (Other)DOI: 10.25316/IR-16221
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