If all politics is local, then so too must be dealing with climate change. In Canada, the Province of British Columbia has empowered municipalities to take on the initiatives required to address sustainability at the local level.
How do we make our cities more climate friendly and sustainable?
Since 2011, a team of researchers and partners from local government and non-governmental organizations, under the direction of Professor Ann Dale of Royal Roads University, has been looking at how municipal governments in British Columbia, Canada have responded to provincial climate policy. From 2012 to 2014, we reviewed 180 cities and municipalities, First Nations and regional districts; identified 11 cases of best practice; and interviewed representatives of those communities to see what they were doing and how well it was working.