Climate change is one of the biggest challenges of the 21st century - it threatens our livelihoods, security, and well-being. An increase in atmospheric greenhouse gases (GHGs) is warming the planet, and as global temperatures rise, climate patterns around the world are changing.
Brampton is already experiencing the effects of climate change, and this will only become more evident in the near future. Even if we drastically cut our greenhouse gas emissions tomorrow, the City and the rest of the globe is 'locked in' to a certain degree of warming due to the impacts we have inhereted from the past 150 years of human-generated greenhouse gas emissions. Based on the Climate Trends an Future Projections for the Region of Peel, some of the changes in climate will include:
- Warmer annual air temperatures
- More extreme heat days with temperatures above 30 degrees celsius
- Less extreme cold days where temperatures are below -20 degrees celsius
- More precipitation, particularly during the winter and spring seasons
- More extreme weather events (e.g. intense storms)
These changes will lead to significant impacts to Brampton and its communities including more flooding, loss of ecosystems and species, increasing numbers of pests and diseases (e.g., West Nile), more heat-related illnesses, higher frequency of power outages, and loss of winter sports such as hockey and skiing to name a few. As an urban area, Brampton will experience these impacts more acutely, particularly those related to heat and flooding.
To help prepare our communities for future climate change impacts, The City of Brampton is developing its first Climate Change Adaptation Plan. The Climate Change Adaptation Plan will be a five-year plan to make Brampton a more climate-resilient City. The Plan will help reduce our vulnerabilities to climate change through a series of recommended actions that will improve our resiliency and ensure communities are prepared for future impacts.
Stay tuned for more information and to get updates on the progress of the Climate Change Adaptation Plan!
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