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Climate Change

Scientific evidence and concerns raised by environmentalists have increased public awareness of climate change. In council chambers and municipal offices across the province, administrators and councillors are focusing on the potential climate change impacts on their communities. Climate change by its very nature is ever changing and complex. Even when climate threats are understood, the localized nature of impacts and the seemingly distant timeframes can make it hard to design and implement policies to address climate change.

Why is it important?

Damage resulting from climate change creates a financial burden on municipalities. Identifying a suitable approach to managing climate change is often difficult. However, officials in municipal governments now recognize that a planned approach to dealing with the issues helps build resilience and minimize risks. Planning for an uncertain future is becoming extremely important. Municipalities are encouraged to develop a clearer understanding of the ways in which climate change will impact their daily management and operations; assigning priorities to climate change issues that have the potential to adversely affect the social, economic, environmental and cultural elements of communities.

How Municipal Services can help?

Nova Scotia communities are unique in setting and people, and therefore face environmental and social implications that differ from those of neighbouring communities. The province has completed a guide to help municipalities and communities develop a long-term and strategic approach to managing climate change hazards and corporate greenhouse gas emissions. Solutions are tailored to match local circumstances, and potential courses of action can be implemented and controlled by municipal councils.

Climate Change Resources