PIBC Endorses Joint Statement on Climate Change

Posting Date: 
July 8, 2014 - October 8, 2014

BC professionals pledge joint action on climate change.

As national controversy about how to address climate change continues, four of BC’s professional associations, representing more than 9,000 forest professionals, professional biologists and technologists, and professional planners, today released a joint statement recognizing that “climate change is occurring and it has fundamental impacts on British Columbia’s communities and ecosystems.” This is the first time anywhere in the world that a joint statement of this kind has been released by professional associations, and recognizes the role and responsibility of the associations and their members in addressing climate change.

"Professional Planners in BC recognize that climate change is real and are concerned about its probable negative impacts on communities, economic well-being, and of course the environment" says, Andrew Young, President of the Planning Institute of British Columbia. "Unified action is needed now to help reduce the vulnerability of current and future generations to climate change induced impacts. BC's Registered Professional Planners look forward to collaborating with other professionals to help address the challenges created by climate change."

The Joint Statement commits the professional associations to take steps to enable and encourage their members to “incorporate the best available climate-science into [their] professional decisions.” As well, the professional associations ask all levels of government to support the role of professionals through “strong action and leadership on climate change.”

To view the Joint Statement, click here.

To view the full media release, click here.

PIBC was pleased to be a participant in the process to develop the Joint Statement.  PIBC Council reviewed and formally endorsed the final Joint Statement earlier this year. 


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