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Bowen Island declares Climate Emergency

Research by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change recommends emission reductions of 45% from 2010 levels by 2030, and 100% by 2050 in order to limit global warming to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels. 

Metro Vancouver has set emission reduction targets of 45% from 2010 levels by 2030, and 100% by 2050 in order to limit global warming to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels, and is developing strategies to achieve the targets.

The Islands Trust has declared a Climate Emergency for the Islands Trust Area and has directed staff to recommend measures to reduce emissions and adapt to the inevitable changes in the climate.

Bowen Island will face increasingly negative impacts from a changing climate if emissions are not reduced. Council has made a declaration of Climate Emergency:

We recognize that climate change represents an emergency for Bowen Island, and commit to developing a strategy to reduce emissions in alignment with the targets to limit global warming to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels.

The Bowen Island Climate Action Strategy was adopted by Council on April 27, 2020.


Community Energy & Emissions Plan

Community Energy And Emissions Plan

2021 Bowen Island Community Energy and Emissions Plan

2017 CEEP Implementation Report

2016 Bowen Island Community Energy and Emissions Plan

Local Government Climate Action Reports

As a signatory to the BC Climate Action Charter, Bowen Island is required to file an annual Local Government Climate Action Report. This document lists corporate and community actions.

Climate Conversations

These workshops have brought together community members, council, and invited speakers on topics related to climate action. Rough notes and presentations follow:

July 29, 2021 – Climate Conversation: Water Conservation Innovation with the Bowen Island Garden Club

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Slides from Kathy Leishman’s presentation
Slides from Kim Stephen’s presentation

May 19, 2021 – Climate Conversation with MP Patrick Weiler

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Slides from MP Patrick Weiler’s presentation

February 4, 2021 – Climate Conversation: Community Energy & Emissions Plan Update

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September 2, 2020 – Climate Conversation: Nature and Ecosystems 

Wednesday September 2, 2020, 4 pm to 6 pm.

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September 16, 2020 – Climate Conversation: Transportation

Wednesday September 16, 2020, 4 pm to 6 pm

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October 6, 2019: Farmland Preservation and Revitalization, co-hosted with Bowen Island Food Sovereignty

September 29, 2019: Climate Emergency and the Future of Food, co-hosted with Bowen Island Food Sovereignty

March 30, 2019: Sea Level Rise Workshop presented by Living Oceans, sponsored by Islands Trust

September 7, 2018: Conservation Development

November 5, 2017: BC Energy Step Code by James Glave

November 5, 2017: Electric Vehicle Update by James Glave

April 2, 2017: The Magic of Soils by Professor Phil Gregory

January 25, 2017: Community Energy & Emissions Plan Discussion

August 13, 2015: Feedback for Climate Leadership Team

March 3, 2016: Review of the Climate Leadership Team’s Recommendations to Government

April 4, 2016: Phil Gregory’s Presentation on Solar Panels

April 25, 2016: How We Report on Our Carbon Neutral Progress – 2015 CARIP Report Development

June 27, 2016: Heat Pumps (Video)


Municipal planning initiatives

Supportive initiatives: