The EarthCare Sustainability Plan will guide the Corporation and the community in reducing GHG emissions and creating a more sustainable future with a strong focus on making the City more robust and resilient in the face of a changing climate until 2020.
In 2008, EarthCare launched the Community Environmental Action Plan (CEAP) to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and promote sustainable community action, recognizing that environment, economy, society and culture are linked. The focus has gradually been shifting – reflecting a nationwide and global shift towards recognizing what has become a key necessity of our times: adapting to a changing climate.
In 2014, after five years of implementing the CEAP, the 2014-2020 EarthCare Sustainability Plan was developed as an updated version of the CEAP.
A major public consultation took place in 2013-2014 to develop the EarthCare Sustainability Plan with the community. This gave EarthCare the opportunity to create new synergies between the community and EarthCare Working Groups, promote partnerships and networking to maximize concerted efforts, stimulate actions and facilitate experiential learning that supports the process of sustainability. As we move to implement the Sustainability Plan, we are more connected to the community and better positioned to work together to make Thunder Bay a sustainable and resilient community.
The Climate Adaptation Strategy, hand in hand with the Sustainability Plan, will build community resilience by reducing the risks inherent in a changing climate, and will take advantage of opportunities associated with current and future impacts of climate change.