Climate action can provide significant opportunities to advance equity, through new employment opportunities, improved affordability, and improved health. Vancouver is striving to respond to the climate crisis with ambitious carbon reduction policies and the equitable implementation of those policies.
What does a more equitable Vancouver look like if we are successful with the Climate Emergency Action Plan over the coming decades? Collectively, our actions should:
- Make low-cost sustainable transportation options easy, safe, and reliable, so that people get to their destination without needing to rely on gas and diesel vehicles and the noise and pollution they produce.
- Ensure that everyone has the ability to live and work in zero emissions buildings, and be able to benefit from comfort, quiet, healthy air, and lower energy costs they offer.
- Share the costs of reducing our carbon pollution in ways that reflect people’s ability to contribute to that transition.
- Create new and varied opportunities for people to participate in a zero-carbon economy, including the support people need to transition to those opportunities.
What's happeningApplications for the Climate and Equity Working Group are still open for Indigenous members
To ensure a diversity of voices and perspectives from those who identify as Indigenous, we are holding three seats in the working group and are actively recruiting those members now. Applications for Indigenous members will remain open until April 30 or until filled.
Applications for general members of the Climate and Equity Working Group are now closed. Thank you to everyone who applied to become a member of the Climate and Equity Working Group. We are now reviewing applications and will be in touch prior to mid-April.
Members of the Climate and Equity Working Group will advise City staff on climate-related policies, programs, and engagement efforts from an equity perspective, and help to shape the development of a Climate Justice Charter that will integrate and advance equity in climate policy.
About the Working Group
Working Group members will be expected to attend 10 meetings per year, roughly monthly (2-3 hours each), and spend approximately two hours per month outside of meetings on Working Group activity.
We are seeking people with lived experience of systemic inequities and those who work with organizations working in this space with an understanding of any of the following: racial justice, climate justice, experience with equity indicators, and related perspectives.
Staff will be looking for members with ability to provide strategic advice, who have inter-cultural fluency, the ability to work in a team environment, and an ability to network with broad connections.
A variety of experience and types of knowledge are valued and welcome. Compensation for participation at living wage rate is available.
We need your ongoing input and action, as we move forward with this bold climate plan. Sign up to stay connected on ways to get involved.
For organizations who represent disproportionally impacted communities, contact us about the Climate and Equity Working Group.