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2024 Climate Action Plan

This page was last reviewed on February 7, 2024.

Join the conversation on climate actions for Cumberland at one, or both, of these upcoming public engagement events:

Climate Action Café

Tuesday, February 6, 2024, 5 pm – 8 pm, Masonic Hall, 2687 Dunsmuir Avenue
Drop-in. Light refreshments provided.

Online Climate Discussion

Thursday, February 15, 2024, 6:30 pm – 8 pm,
Email planning@nullcumberland.ca to register and receive a Zoom link

The above two sessions will include background information on climate change and emissions in Cumberland. Participants will discuss and provide feedback on key questions and themes, such as:

  • How has climate change and extreme weather impacted Cumberland? Where/what in the community is most at-risk?
  • What does a climate-ready Cumberland look like in 2030? In 2050?
  • What actions should be top priorities in the Climate Action Plan?

A second round of engagement on a draft plan is planned for this spring.

Visit our Climate Action Plan page at engagecomoxvalley.ca/cumberland and “follow” the page to receive updates on future engagement opportunities.

Project Background

Our climate is changing, and the effects are already being felt locally, such as through extreme heat, wildfire, and flooding. Excess carbon dioxide is a pollutant that causes excess heat in our atmosphere and contributes to more extreme weather events. Greater extremes of heat, wildfire, flooding and other changes lead to higher risk that people will be displaced, become sick, or die. Climate change can also cause higher economic costs due to disruption, rebuilding, and the increased need for protection. Together with national, provincial, and local governments, we can all do our part to emit less greenhouse gases and plan for the current and predicted effects of increased global temperatures.

About the Climate Action Plan

The Climate Action Plan will outline how the Village of Cumberland will reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and increase its resilience to better face the impacts of climate change. The CAP will also inform the Village’s Official Community Plan (OCP) update, currently in progress.

Cumberland’s first Climate Action Plan was developed in 2014 and focused on actions the municipality could take to reduce emissions from the services and facilities they operate. The new plan will build upon that work and consider emissions and resilience for the community as a whole.

The work on the Climate Action Plan project includes:

  • Analyzing sources of municipal and community emissions and climate change risks.
  • Developing emissions reduction targets and climate action goals for 2030, 2040 and 2050.
  • Identifying strategies and actions that the Village and community can take to increase resilience and reduce emissions.

Process for Developing the Plan

Led by the Village Planning Department and an experienced consulting team, the project involves:

  • Data collection and analysis of municipal and community emissions and climate risks and vulnerabilities.
  • Engagement with Village staff, stakeholder groups and the public
  • Development of action and policy recommendations, modelling of potential impacts, and creation of an implementation plan
  • Review of the draft plan by Council and the Advisory Planning Commission
  • Delivery of an approved plan in spring 2024.

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How You Can Be Involved

There are four events planned for public engagement, in two rounds:

  • Round 1 – Community input on goals, targets and ideas for actions and policies
    o In person – February 6, 2024
    o Online – February 13, 2024
    (see details on those two events at the top of the page)
  • Round 2 – Community input on the draft plan, proposed actions, policies and implementation
    o In person and online in March or April 2024

Look out for details and project updates and “follow” the project at engagecomoxvalley.ca/cumberland.
The public can also subscribe to receive Village of Cumberland news by email, monitor updates on the project webpage, and view Council’s discussion in person or online when reports are presented at Council meetings.

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