Ian Stephen, of the WaterWealth Project, speaks about aquifer protection and TMX pipeline risk at Chilliwack city hall on Nov. 29. (Gary Haggquist photo)

TOP STORIES 2019: From climate strikes in Chilliwack to a new climate action plan

Youth-led protests in Chilliwack demanded immediate action on climate

The City of Chilliwack is drafting a new Climate Action Plan with chances for public input coming in the new year.

That comes on the heels of a series of youth-led protests at Five Corners organized by students and volunteers with Chilliwack Global Climate Strike.

• READ MORE: Chilliwack’s Global Climate Strike

Climate issues urgently need to be addressed by City of Chilliwack in an updated climate action plan, argued 16-year-old Mace MacGowan.

“I have been working non-stop to bring the biggest and best climate action plan to our city,” MacGowan said before the Nov. 29 climate strike ending at city hall.

Inaction is putting “everyone’s future at risk,” he said.

Council recently hired consulting firm Pinna Sustainability Inc. to draft a new plan at a cost of just under $75,000.

The project name was shortened from ‘Air Quality and Climate Action Plans’ to just ‘Climate Action Plan’ based on a suggestion by Coun. Harv Westeringh.

• READ MORE: Chilliwack to draft new Climate Action Plan

The consultants’ work will start in January with “extensive public consultation” expected to start toward the end of February or beginning of March.

The due date is August 2020 for consultants to deliver the new action plan for Chilliwack.

The updated plan will look at best practices of other cities, legislative tools, and more.

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