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Climate Emergency

Municipality Declates a Climate Emergency

At the October 22, 2019 Council meeting, the Municipality of the District of Lunenburg declared a climate emergency and made a public commitment to taking action on climate change by joining the Partners for Climate Protection (PCP) program. PCP is a network of Canadian municipal governments that have committed to reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and protecting our climate.

About the PCP program

The Partners for Climate Protection (PCP) program is managed and delivered by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) and ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability (ICLEI Canada).
Since 1994, PCP has provided municipalities of all sizes with the tools, resources and guidance they need to progress through a five-milestone process to lower GHG emissions and reduce the impacts of climate change. The five milestones are:

  • Milestone 1 — Create a baseline emissions inventory and forecast
  • Milestone 2 — Set emissions reduction targets
  • Milestone 3 — Develop a local action plan
  • Milestone 4 — Implement the local action plan
  • Milestone 5 — Monitor progress and report results

There are PCP members in all provinces and territories, and member municipalities represent more than 65 per cent of the Canadian population. PCP receives financial support from the Government of Canada and ICLEI Canada.

Integrated Community Sustainability Plan (ICSP)

As a requirement under the Municipal Funding Agreement, all municipalities in Nova Scotia developed an Integrated Community Sustainability Plan (ICSP). On March 9th, 2010, Municipal Council adopted its first ICSP. The 2010 ICSP sets out a planning framework for implementing a select number of actions over the next number of years.