The group seeks candidate positions on climate issues

The upcoming municipal elections bring many questions for voters to ponder. And a local organization ensures that the climate is at the forefront.

East Kootenay Climate Hub is surveying all local election candidates to get their perspective on the climate issues of the day.

Meghan Reiser, a member of the East Kootenay Climate Hub, said the group had brought together questions “focused on climate, emission reductions and resilience to extreme weather events.” They were emailed to all applicants asking them to complete a short survey, where the questions are listed.

“As applicants respond, we are compiling all responses, which will be posted on our website on October 3. [].”

Reiser said candidate responses had already started coming in since last week.

“I hope we hear from as many applicants as possible.”

Climate change and measures to mitigate it are among the most pressing concerns facing the world today. But there is often a public misconception that the local level is not where climate action needs to happen, or that local government efforts would make no difference in the overall picture. Reiser agrees that’s a myth. “There are a lot of things that can happen locally,” she said. “For example, shows are a huge contributor, and at the local level there’s a lot of capacity to make change in those areas. Transport, buildings and waste are all key areas where emissions can be reduced at the local level.

“The other thing is also to help us become more resilient to extreme weather events that we know are happening more frequently due to climate change. Things in our area like the risk of forest fires. At the local level, there can be a lot of help to help us be more resilient as these things continue to happen.

Despite scientific evidence, media attention, and changing weather patterns, conspiracy theories and beliefs abound that climate change isn’t real, is a hoax, or isn’t as bad as it sounds. claims so.

“Unfortunately, those attitudes still exist,” Reiser said. “There are still people who just don’t understand or realize how urgent this issue is. It really shouldn’t be a partisan issue. We all have a stake in making sure that we are safe, that our environment is safe, that we protect ourselves from these extreme weather events.

“But unfortunately there are still people who think it’s not real, or if it’s real, maybe it’s not the main priority, or who don’t see how bad it is. a preoccupation.

“So I think it’s really important for us to ask candidates for their perspective on these issues, so that people can make an informed decision in the election.”

The Climate Hub’s outreach to the public has shown that there is great interest among voters in these issues and where candidates stand on them.

“One of the things I appreciate about the East Kootenay Climate Hub is that we have members from such a wide range of sectors in the community – people who work in different sectors, ages different, long-time residents of Cranbrooktime East Kootenay and people who are newer to the area. And through all of these differences, we see this real commitment to climate action, and a concern about it.

“And beyond that, for people who aren’t members, we’re still hearing a lot of interest in this topic. This is a priority for many people. »

British Columbia’s municipal election is scheduled for Saturday, October 15. The East Kootenay Climate Hub will post applicants’ responses to climate issues on its website – – the 3rd of October.

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Teresa H. Sadler