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Pledge your resolutions for a cleaner climate in 2016

December 30 2015

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In 2016, Vancouver garnered international attention for the work that residents, businesses and local government have done to move Vancouver towards becoming the greenest city in the world by 2020.

Success so far

  • At least 50% of trips into Vancouver are made by walking, cycling or transit
  • Waste sent to the landfill or incinerator has decrease by 18% (since 2008)
  • And community greenhouse gases have dropped by 7% (since 2007)

As 2016 comes to a close, a monumental climate agreement has been made in Paris by international governments. The "Paris agreement" aims to keep global temperatures from rising another degree Celsius between now and 2100, a key demand of poor countries ravaged by rising sea levels and other effects of climate change. Cities like Vancouver have an important role to play in emission reductions, as they generate 70 per cent of global carbon pollution.

What you can do

This New Year's Day, we encourage all residents and businesses to pledge their commitment to our sustainable future and make resolutions to:

  • Reduce energy at home or work
  • Increase the frequency of walking, cycling or using transit for trips
  • Reduce waste
  • Make your resolution known by signing the Citizen Climate Pledge

Are you a local business?

Sign your business to Vancouver Economic Commissions' Vancouver Climate Pledge.

Vancouver's success to date has been thanks in part to deep engagement from residents and businesses. Over 300 Vancouver companies and residents have already signed on to the climate pledges to support stronger action on climate change and shift to 100 per cent renewable energy.