–From the Office of BC’s Auditor General
The federal Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development, Julie Gelfand, has released: Perspectives on Climate Change Action in Canada: A Collaborative Report from Auditors General.
The report is based on the individual audits released over the last 18 months by the auditors general of most provinces, including B.C., as well as in the three northern territories and at the federal level. It provides an overall and independent assessment of the state of climate change action in Canada.
The findings from the federal, provincial and territorial climate change audits confirm that Canada’s governments are working on climate change, but that the work is far from done.
The collaborative report points to a number of common shortcomings across governments which are hindering Canada’s overall efforts to address and adapt to climate change and which, as a result, are preventing Canadians from preparing themselves to deal with current and future climate impacts.
On the basis of current federal, provincial, and territorial policies and actions, Canada is not expected to meet its 2020 target for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Meeting Canada’s 2030 target will require substantial effort and actions beyond those currently planned or in place.
In their examination of how their governments were planning to adapt to the impacts of climate change, auditors general found that most governments either had an adaptation plan that lacked basic details, such as timelines, or that they had no plan at all.
Most Canadian governments have not assessed and, therefore, do not fully understand what risks they face and what actions they should take to adapt to a changing climate.
The collaborative report also sets out a number of questions for elected officials and Canadians to consider asking of governments as they continue their efforts to reduce emissions and address climate change impacts.
Our provincial audit called Managing Climate Change Risks: An Independent Audit was released last month. Both it and the federal collaborative audit are available on the BC Auditor General’s website.
Office of the Auditor General of Canada: Video—Perspectives on Climate Change Action in Canada
See this link for the original video along with a transcript.