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Climate Change

Climate change refers to observable variations in weather over long periods of time. Climate change is caused by fossil fuel burning and land use changes that have driven an increase in heat-trapping greenhouse gas emissions (e.g. carbon dioxide, metane). In turn, this has led to a rise in global temperatures and shifting weather patterns.

What is Climate Change?


What is Climate Change Mitigation?

This refers to actions and measures taken to reduce the causes of climate change (e.g.. greenhouse gas emissions). Examples of mitigation actions include: energy conversation, energy efficiency and renewable energy generation.

What is Climate Change Adaptation?

This refers to actions and measures taken to avoid harm, reduce risks and adapt to a changeing climate (e.g. flooding and extreme weather). Examples of adaptation actions include infrastructure design and emergency planning. 

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Community Climate Change Action Plan

The Town’s 2010 Community Climate Change Action Plan outlines targest and actions to reduce greenhouse gase emissions. Actions in this plan are organized by sector and include transportation; green development; energy; schools; agriculture; community awareness; tree planting and naturalization; waste; local food; and longer-term sustainability planning and management actions.

The Town is currently updating its climate change action plan through 2019 and 2020.

Climate Change Action Planning Task Force

The Town has initiated a corporate and community Climate Change Action Planning Task Force to serve as an advisory role to provide staff with assistance and advice on the development of the CCAP.

Learn more about the Climate Change Action Planning Task Force.

Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy (GCOM) Initiative

In 2017, the Town formally joined the GCOM initiative. GCOM is an international alliance of 7,500 cities and local governments (including 24 Canadian municipalities) promoting climate change actions, with the goal of achieving a low emission and resilient society.

Learn more about GCOM.

Peel Climate Change Strategy

The Town of Caledon plays a leadership role in the Peel Climate Change Partnership (PCCP). The purpose of the PCCP is to develop and implement a targeted plan to focus collective efforts in areas of climate action (such as reducing greenhouse gas emissions and strengthening flood resiliency) that will have greater impact through cross-agency collaboration in Peel Region.

Learn more about the Peel Climate Change Strategy.

Partners for Climate Protection Initiative

The Partners for Climate Protection (PCP) program is a network of Canadian municipal governments that have committed to reducing greenhouse gases and to act on climate change.

The Town is joined by 26 other municipalities across Canada that have completed the five milestone PCP program.

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