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New survey launched to identify barriers to climate action

Sidney, BC.;

The Town of Sidney is launching an online survey today (Nov 18th) to better understand what barriers stand between community members and a lower-emissions lifestyle. Learning more about these challenges will help the Town identify what incentive and awareness programs could make the greatest difference for community members.

“The actions of individuals can make a measurable difference in reducing Sidney’s greenhouse gas emissions,” said Mayor Cliff McNeil-Smith. “We know from past public engagement that many community members are concerned about climate change and ready to take action. Through this survey we can better understand if there are ways the Town can help people take steps in that direction.”

The information gathered through the survey will help inform Sidney’s updated Climate Action Plan, which will be released in draft form for public review in 2022. The plan will include an overview of local climate risks, such as drought and increased intensity of rain, while addressing ways the Town can improve resilience to those risks. It will also outline ways the Town and community members can participate in the global effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, focusing on eight different areas, such as transportation, buildings, natural environment, and infrastructure.

The online survey is open until December 17th and takes approximately 7 minutes to complete. Community members can also come to Town Hall to fill out a paper copy.

Media Contact:

Mayor Cliff McNeil-Smith