Week 25, June 22: Climate Adaptation and Preparedness
This is one of the 26 segments of Guy Dauncey’s Climate Emergency: A 26-Week Transition Program for Canada. Excerpted by permission.
Because of humanity’s failure to reduce and re-absorb our carbon pollution, and the continuing accumulation of heat-trapping gases in the atmosphere, the climate crisis will continue to worsen and become costlier every year. In consequence, as well as doing everything we can to reduce and recapture our emissions, we must prepare for rising air, water, and ocean temperatures, more extreme storms, floods, forest fires, droughts, heat waves, crop failures and diseases, melting glaciers and permafrost, biodiversity losses, invasive species and ocean acidification, continuing sea level rise, and for disaster-affected communities, appalling distress and loss.
- We will continue to support our Federal Adaptation Policy Framework, our Disaster Mitigation and Adaptation Fund, and our current programs on climate adaptation, to reduce vulnerability and strengthen resilience. Natural infrastructure practices have a critical role to play in making communities more resilient, including bioretention ponds, bioswales, urban trees, in-stream structures, green roofs, rainwater harvesting, rain gardens, flood setbacks, floodplain preservation, restoration of inland wetlands, living shorelines, reefs, dunes, maritime coastal forests of trees and shrubs, and saltwater marshes.
- We will work with the provinces, territories, and Indigenous Peoples to complete all flood maps, including forecasts for sea level rise at the top end of the modeled ranges, since observation reveals those to be the expected outcomes.
- Starting in 2022, as announced earlier (Week 21), we will require insurance companies to apply a climate risks lens to all their policies, looking 100 years out, and to attach climate risk and resilience clauses, resulting in higher rates where no action is taken by a policy-holder and reduced rates where preventive action is taken.