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Northern Communities, Climate Action, and Sustainable Development conference set for Tuesday

Northern B.C. communities are on the frontlines of climate change and are committed to a resilient, sustainable future. While this is a daunting challenge, it is also an opportunity to work together to identify and implement local initiatives that improve communities and reduce carbon emissions.

More than 100 people from communities and organizations across northern B.C. are coming together tomorrow (Tuesday, January 16) to share inspiring stories of success, learn from each other, and meet organizations that are ready to provide support and capacity. UNBC President Geoff Payne will moderate a panel featuring a northern B.C. mayor, homebuilder, and entrepreneur all describing their experiences with advancing local, low-carbon initiatives.

“Northern Communities, Climate Action, and Sustainable Development”

Tuesday, January 16, 2024

Start time: 1:00pm at Uda Dune Baiyoh (the House of Ancestors)

This event was born from early experiences of the Northern BC Climate Action Network (NorthCAN) and organizations that are eager to foster northern leadership in climate action and sustainable economic development.

“The Lheidli T’enneh are proud to partner with so many organizations to shine a spotlight on local actions that northern communities are taking to reduce emissions and increase opportunities,” says Lheidli T’enneh Chief, Dolleen Logan, who will provide opening remarks on Tuesday. “Clean energy is a top priority for our community – we are eager to share our experiences and learn from others.”

“Sustainable Development in the North is not just a vision; it is a shared responsibility that requires collaboration between all stakeholders—government, industry, Indigenous communities, and environmental advocates,” adds City of Prince George Mayor, Simon Yu, who will join Chief Logan in welcoming participants on Tuesday. “The City is happy to be an active part in sharing that responsibility and we look forward to the opportunities for job creation and emission reductions that an event like this can create.”

NorthCAN was established in April 2022 as a platform for sharing knowledge and experiences, identifying opportunities to collaborate, and leveraging capacity – all to support the implementation of climate-related solutions in communities around Northern BC. Today, more than 250 people are part of the NorthCAN community, advancing climate and sustainability topics in local governments, Indigenous communities, education, health care, business and industry, and NGOs.

The event on Tuesday is supported by the following organizations: City of Prince George, Lheidli T’enneh, Northern Development Initiative Trust, Tourism Prince George, Northern BC Tourism Association, University of Northern BC, New Relationship Trust, Fraser Basin Council, BC Centre for Innovation and Clean Energy, Community Energy Association, and the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions.

 

These partners are also collaborating to present a low-carbon leadership tour featuring a number of sites around Prince George that demonstrate low-carbon processes and products.

 

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