Unveiling a Comprehensive Plan to Combat Environmental Challenges
The City of Saint-Eustache announced the official tabling of its Plan to Combat and Adapt to Climate Change. This plan aims to implement measures to adapt to climate change and reduce greenhouse gas emissions that will promote the eco-social resilience of the City. Produced following a public consultation process, and with the collaboration of experts from the Institut des Territoires, this plan contains many actions to better live with the consequences of climate change.
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Barely a few days after an episode of freezing rain, it seems all the more relevant, in this context, to act and plan for future unforeseen climatic hazards.
An action plan with four main objectives
As part of the development of the action plan, the following four main objectives were identified:
Reduce greenhouse gas emissions
Reduce heat islands
Increase the resilience of the population
Increase the resilience of the municipal organization
“Floods, changing winter conditions, strong winds or heat waves, climatic hazards have consequences that affect both the population and the organizations serving them. As a local government, it is our duty to act as an example by setting up actions that contribute to this fight, for the health and quality of life of future generations”, said Mrs. Isabelle Lefebvre, municipal councilor and President of the Environment Committee.
Summary of the process
In order to design a plan adapted to the Eustachian reality, an analysis of the territory was first carried out in order to understand the physical and socio-ecological context of Saint-Eustache, in order to be able to make an appropriate diagnosis including the potential risks and vulnerabilities. After two citizen consultations and work carried out internally by City employees, an action plan aimed at responding concretely to the main impacts of climatic hazards has finally been established.
“The challenge of climate transition is a major issue and is a priority consideration in all the decisions we make. The green shift is negotiated at full speed, because there is indeed an urgency to act. I would like to thank the 280 citizens who expressed their concerns during the consultations and I encourage Eustachois to continue to develop eco-responsible behaviors,” said Mayor Pierre Charron.