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Climate change is the biggest challenge we face in this century and we all need to work together. When it comes to climate change, no gesture is too small. Everything we do to maintain the quality of our living environment and the future of the planet counts.
That’s why Québec supports community initiatives and citizen involvement in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and adapting to climate change. A number of organizations are launching innovative projects to raise awareness in their communities and encourage people to act. Now, more than ever, each person’s contribution is key to building a lower carbon society.
Combatting climate change is everybody’s business! Individuals can reduce their GHG emissions by improving their energy efficiency, especially when it comes to transportation and buildings. In Québec, the transportation sector accounts for nearly 45% of the province’s total GHG emissions and creates numerous problems, including traffic congestion and air pollution. At the same time, it has significant potential for reducing GHG emissions. The residential, commercial, and institutional building sector generates nearly 10% of Québec’s emissions, mainly through heating. Here again there is room for improvement, for example, by improving energy efficiency and using green energy.
Par notre PROPRE énergie initiative (in French). Regroupement national des conseils régionaux de l’environnement (RNCREQ) conducted this project aimed at drawing up energy profiles and regional action plans for most of Québec’s regions.
Action-Climat program (PDF). The Action-Climat program administered by Fonds d’action québécois pour le développement durable (FAQDD) and funded by MDDELCC was set up to educate the public about the importance of reducing GHG emissions and encourage changes in behavior. From 2008 to 2013, the program supported 77 public awareness projects designed to reduce Québec’s greenhouse gas emissions by 50,000 tons.
Climate change adaptation plans for aboriginal communities. In partnership with the First Nations of Quebec and Labrador Sustainable Development Institute (FNQLSDI) an initiative was launched to draw up climate change adaptation plans for aboriginal communities and raise community awareness of the issue of climate change.
Sustainable community strategy. The organization Vivre en ville established this project to inform, educate, mobilize, and support local and regional stakeholders in their sustainable land use planning initiatives.