Do you want to the City and other governments to take action to reduce climate change emissions?
Do you want to discuss what Fairfield Gonzales Community Association can do to help make that happen?
What changes in our community could help reduce climate change emissions?
If you are interested in encouraging action on climate change, please join us at our next meeting.
Want to make a difference for Climate change? Join the Climate Action Group
At the last December’s meeting, the group talked about why they want to get involved, and what brings us together. Then two types of actions were decided, one being developing a community pledge for climate action, a friendly competition between community members to reduce their footprint on the environment.
The second action will be political. We want to support the city in going forward with its climate action plan, connect with stakeholders, work with local grocers to develop more options for consumers to reduce their waste while they shop, and help with the development of the community pledge program. Let’s implement together a creative and fun activity that changes the world!
Next meeting: Tuesday, January 21st at 6:00 PM at Fairfield Community Place (1330 Fairfield Road).
Traffic calming in your street- contact us!
FGCA supports the City of Victoria’s Climate Leadership Plan, and its efforts to make it easier and safer for people to chose alternatives to the single-occupant motor vehicle. Making streets safer will require traffic calming in some areas, and FGCA has notified the City about four neighbourhood streets in particular (see letter here). If you are interested in traffic calming on your street, please get in touch!
Other Articles of Interest
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Climate change, and energy-efficient new homes
FGCA’s Climate Action Task Force and our Neighbourhood Improvement Committee have been examining options for reducing GHG emissions in the community and the city. The two largest emission sources in Victoria are transportation and housing. Can we reduce emissions by replacing old, heat-leaking homes with new, energy-efficient homes?
The answer is: it depends. A UBC study suggests that replacing old single-family homes with new, energy efficient single-family homes will cause greater overall emissions. But replacing old homes with denser development can reduce emissions. The closer people live to central destinations, transit services, and walking and bike lanes, the lower their transportation emissions. Victoria can reduce GHG emissions by making it more affordable for people to live in central areas, rather than far-flung suburbs.
Check out this article from from UBC NEWS, title, “Study Highlights Environmental Cost of Tearing Down Vancouver’s Single-Family Homes”: