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Climate action makes good business sense for BC by Tamara Vrooman

Written by Tamara Vrooman, Aaron Sutherland, Karen Tam Wu

For all businesses, climate change is a risk to the bottom line.

Floods close workplaces and shipping routes, rising seas threaten coastal infrastructure, droughts inflict crop damage, heat stresses fish stocks, warmer winters pose a challenge to snow sports, and smoky skies discourage tourism. Insured losses due to extreme weather now exceed $1 billion annually across Canada.

We are proud to operate in British Columbia, and we believe our businesses have a responsibility to be part of the solution. We also see a once-in-a-generation opportunity to create thousands of new jobs, build healthier homes and buildings, encourage innovation, reduce waste, and improve air quality.

That’s why we’re joining forces with leading B.C. businesses to champion an exciting vision of a resilient, diversified, thriving, and globally competitive economy with opportunities for all British Columbians.

Our vision includes a province powered by clean, renewable energy, and forward-thinking policies that lead the way to a sustainable, low carbon economy. It also supports cleaner air and water, which in turn supports healthy communities and ecosystems.

Now more than ever, we need the B.C. government to demonstrate bold, sustained leadership by prioritizing investments in the clean future.

Read the full article here.

Courtesy of Vancity.

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