Update: Climate Action Plan passed!

It’s been years in the making, but thanks for helping to push it over the line!

Kamloops City Council unanimously approved the Community Climate Action Plan on June 29!

Read more about the Council meeting here.

The final draft of the Community Climate Action Plan is expected to go to Council in for approval on June 29 — and you can help get it over the finish line! Write a letter to the Councillors encouraging them to take this important step to help future-proof our City. Showing up in person at the Council meeting is another way to demonstrate support. Check here closer to the date to see the timing on the agenda (we’ll also update this post when we have a better idea when the item will be discussed).

Below are some points you may want to include in your letter. Personalized letters are much more compelling than a template, so please do make the letter your own. Handwritten letters are wonderful, and email is also great. You might want to send a letter to the newspaper as well — just keep that very short to increase the chances of having it published. Addresses to send the letters are also given below.

You can learn more about the plan here. Thanks for contacting City Council to show your support for the Community Climate Action Plan!

Some letter-writing tips (totally optional!):

Let Council know why this is important to you. For example:
– I am concerned about the health of the planet that my children (or grandchildren) will inherit.
– I am concerned about the increased risk for natural disasters such as wildfires, flooding, landslides, as well as loss of biodiversity and food security.
– I want to live in a vibrant, walkable, healthy city that will sustain a diversity of engaged residents. 
– I want Kamloops residents to be well positioned to compete in the new green economy so that innovative companies and people will choose Kamloops for investment and to call home.
– I want Kamloops to be well prepared to take advantage of the financial assistance for climate action initiatives anticipated to come from provincial and federal governments. 

Tell them you support CCAP.  List at least one thing you like about the plan, for example:
– I look forward to living in a Ten-Minute City where I am much less dependent on motorized transportation and can access services via bicycle, mobility scooter, or on foot.
– I want to support local business and build a healthy community culture that takes care of all members of society.
– I look forward to having access to alternative transportation choices such as enhanced public transit, car share programs, EVs and EBs so I can spend less money getting places and more money doing things.
– I want to have access to zero-carbon, energy efficient housing that is creatively designed and located within easy access of goods, services, and communal green spaces.
– I want to actively participate in a zero-waste circular economy, so I can know I am becoming part of the solution and not part of the problem. 
– I’d like for Kamloops to become a Green Technology Hub – a place where the most innovative solution-focused minds can develop renewable energy systems and storage. This is a natural direction for our progressive and sustainability oriented University.
– I support the City’s efforts to “be the change they want to see in the world” by striving toward zero-carbon civic operations.
– I want my community to help nature help us by growing urban forests to help cool our city and by investing in green infrastructure that will provide us increased resilience to adverse weather events and natural disasters.

Be positive! Thank the Mayor and Councillors for being willing to lead on climate action and sustainability.

Email addresses:
Mayor Ken Christian mayor@kamloops.ca
Councillor Arjun Singh asingh@kamloops.ca
Councillor Kathy Sinclair ksinclair@kamloops.ca
Councillor Sadie Hunter shunter@kamloops.ca
Councillor Bill Sarai bsarai@kamloops.ca
Councillor Mike O’Reilly moreilly@kamloops.ca
Councillor Dale Bass dbass@kamloops.ca
Councillor Denis Walsh dwalsh@kamloops.ca
Councillor Dieter Dudy ddudy@kamloops.ca    

Postal address:
Mayor and Council, 7 Victoria Street West, Kamloops BC  V2C 1A2

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Email editor@kamloopsthisweek.com

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