With the adoption of HalifACT by Regional Council on June 23, 2020, it’s time for us to work together and ACT on climate change. We all need to do our part, both big and small. See what you can do to make a difference!
Use your voting power. Be sure to register to vote and inform yourself on all elections at all levels of government. Research the parties, ask questions, let candidates know if you are voting for the climate and that your vote matters.
Support or join a youth-led movement or other volunteer groups working on climate action. Find a local volunteer opportunity in your community and see what you can do to help.
Consider signing up for climate change related newsletters, webinars, and e-courses to integrate climate solutions into your daily life.
Having a conversation about climate change can be difficult and sometimes uncomfortable. Learn how to talk to people about climate change through CliMate, a fun and interactive chatbot, to find empathy and common ground amongst people with varying viewpoints. By overcoming polarization, we can all move towards climate solutions.
Be a climate advocate and talk to your kids about climate change. Be sure to research age-appropriate resources before talking to your child. Model and explain your behaviour when you act on climate change. A few places to start include the National Geographic’s changing climate resource library or a family guide to beginning a climate conversation.
Food: Make your meals more climate-friendly, purchase organic and local produce, don’t waste food, grow your own food and learn tips for new gardeners or join a community garden.
Finances: Speak to your financial advisor about clean energy/technology investments and support local, sustainable businesses.
Energy: Use energy wisely and save money by making small and/or big actions:
Small ACTions - install a programmable thermostat, unplug electronics when not using them, wash clothes in cold water, hang-dry clothes, change to energy-efficient light bulbs.
Bigger ACTions - swap a furnace for a heat pump, look for energy star label when buying new appliances, insulate and increase efficiencies within your home.
Grants and Loans: Participate in Halifax’s Solar City program to access innovative solar energy options for your home. Learn more about energy efficiency programs and incentives for home and business owners through Efficiency Nova Scotia.
Lifestyle: Focus on simple pleasures such as exploring nature and with your loved ones which can provide you with purpose, belonging and happiness. Think about how you consume. Start with sharing, making, fixing, upcycling, repurposing, and composting.
On the go ACTion
Choosing a green commute makes you healthier, happier, and saves money. The transportation sector counts for 19% of Halifax’s GHG emissions, in 2016. Choose an alternative transportation option such as walking, cycling, taking public transit, or carpooling at least once a week. Check if you are eligible for Halifax Transit’s SmartTrip program through your employer.
By switching to an electric vehicle (EV) you can save money on maintaining your vehicle and reduce emissions. Compared to a gas fueled vehicles, EVS use much less fuel and have an efficiency of 90%. Not only do EVs owners save up to $2,000 on fuel and maintenance every year, the Federal Government of Canada is offering a zero-emission Vehicle Incentive. More information on EVs can be found at EV Assist Nova Scotia.
Know what to do in the event of an emergency and how to prepare before it’s too late.
You can check out our hazard mapping and map hazards in your community.
Consider volunteering for the Joint Emergency Management Teams in your region to prepare for, and respond quickly to, a wide range of emergencies.
The Climate Atlas of Canada is an educational resource to inspire Canadians to move towards resilience as well as inform about climate change through science, mapping, and storytelling.
These are just a few small examples of how we can act on climate change. Be sure to continue to learn new ways of doing your part. For more information on the actions we can all take together, check out HalifACT 2050 [PDF].