Climate change is a global challenge that affects us all, and taking action is crucial for a thriving and resilient future. Addressing climate change requires the collective effort and engagement of residents, businesses, and organizations within Creston. By prioritizing climate action, Creston can become a model of resilience and environmental stewardship.
B.C. has legislated targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions 40% below 2007 levels by 2030, 60% by 2040, and 80% by 2050. The Province also has an interim target to reduce emissions 16% by 2025. The Province’s 2019 Preliminary Strategic Climate Risk Assessment found that the greatest climate related risks in B.C. are severe wildfire seasons, seasonal water shortage, heat waves, ocean acidification, glacier loss and long-term water shortage, with severe river flooding also having potential to result in significant consequences.
In 2021, the Town of Creston made a commitment to the West Kootenay 100% Renewable Energy Plan, which outlines the path to achieving 100% renewable energy usage by 2050. Creston aims to transition all energy sectors within the community, including heating and cooling, transportation, electricity, and waste management, to 100% renewable sources by 2050.