Environment | December 15, 2022
Climate change is affecting Mississauga. In 2019, the City declared a climate emergency because climate change is taking a toll on people, health, infrastructure, services, and ecosystems. Mississauga’s 10-year Climate Change Action Plan was endorsed by Council in 2019. The plan sets out to decrease the City’s carbon footprint and prepare for the effects of a changing climate. It includes 89 actions, of which more than 70 percent have been completed or are currently underway.
Coming out of COP15 in Montreal, the City of Mississauga has joined more than 40 other municipalities around the globe in pledging their commitment to protecting biodiversity. The City is taking a comprehensive, holistic approach to protecting biodiversity and to supporting the health of our natural systems as is outlined in our Parks and Forestry Master Plan, Climate Change Action Plan, and Official Plan – which aligns with the 15 tangible actions outlined in the Montreal Pledge.
“The impacts of climate change can be felt in Mississauga, and we’ve already seen warmer temperatures, extreme storm events, and increased flooding right in our own backyard. There’s an urgency for continued action to address these impacts and prevent them from growing worse,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie. “At City Hall, we’re taking action, including signing onto the Montreal Pledge to protect our biodiversity and strengthen resilience to future climate shifts to protect our health and economy. We will continue to work with businesses, other levels of government and our residents to help safeguard our future and achieve our vision of a low-carbon and resilient community.”
As of December 2022, the City has:
“Mississauga is vulnerable to climate change, and time is not on our side. We have witnessed more extreme and frequent climate-related events in the last several years. If we don’t take action now, things will only worsen,” said Jodi Robillos, Commissioner, Community Services. “We’re investing in low-carbon technology, infrastructure and assets like low and zero emissions vehicles and buses. We’re exploring the latest technologies and innovations and hope to move forward with district energy in key neighbourhoods and introduce shared micro-mobility systems. We’re making informed decisions and evolving our plans around transportation, buildings, construction and infrastructure to decarbonize our built environment and run as efficiently as possible.”
Robillos added, “Every year, we review and analyze the City’s progress on climate change action. Based on the data, we’re looking to accelerate the goals outlined in the Climate Change Action Plan to be more ambitious.”
Not sure where to start on climate action? Learn more about the City’s Climate Change Action Plan and its progress by visiting: mississauga.ca/projects-and-strategies/city-projects/climate-change-action-plan
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