With warming temperatures and the increasing frequency of extreme heat events, we must adapt to our changing climate. Forest fire season is becoming longer and hotter, burning millions of hectares and leading to smoke-filled skies and decreased air quality. Clean air standards, including air filtration systems in schools and public spaces need to be prioritized. B.C.'s emergency management legislation needs to be updated to enhance our overall preparedness and response capabilities, and organizations building resilient neighbourhoods should be provided with stable multi-year funding. First Nations' involvement in emergency planning is also a priority for the B.C. Greens as we commit to the proactive and effective management of the accelerating climate crisis.
The BC Greens' plan for Extreme Weather
Air filtration systems help to protect the health and well-being of British Columbians.
Fans and cooling units mitigate health risks associated with extreme heat events.
The update would include necessary regulatory, funding and enforcement changes to enhance our overall preparedness and response capabilities.
The Ministry of Emergency Management and Climate Readiness coordinates emergency management activities and requires continued funding to prepare for and mitigate the effects of natural disasters and the growing threat of climate change. Extreme heat, drought and winter snow and ice storms require planning and policies to ensure people have help when they need it.