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Climate change is happening. Learn how we can adapt so that we can manage the risks of climate and weather related events.

Many Edmontonians associate climate change with longer summers and warmer winters but it can also bring floods, drought, invasive pests, heat waves, higher food prices and ice storms. By preparing now for climate change, we can be in a better position to weather future climate shocks and stresses.

Beginning in 2016, the City and various stakeholders worked together to develop a climate change adaptation strategy that focuses on key areas such as those mentioned above. The Climate Resilient Edmonton: Adaptation Strategy and Action Plan was presented to the Executive Committee of City Council in November 2018.  

Graphic Summaries

In January 2018, subject-matter experts were invited to attend one or more of 10 workshops designed to assess the vulnerabilities and risks that Edmonton could experience in a changing climate. Through these workshops, 17 assets and service areas were considered in relation to climate hazards (that is extreme heat, extreme cold, hail, and so on). At the workshops, conversations and ideas presented by participants were captured by a graphic artist. Click each image to see a larger version.

  • Air Transportation + Fuel Supply

Air and Fuel Supply Graphic Summary

This combined session looked at both the impacts climate change could have to Edmonton’s air travel through the Edmonton International Airport, as well as the impacts climate change could have to Edmonton’s fuel supply, including fuel supply for industrial, commercial, and public end users.

  • Buildings + Waste Management

Graphic Summary for Buildings and Waste

During this session, subject matter experts discussed climate change effects on commercial, residential, industrial and public buildings, as well as land and property. Assets required to collect, treat and dispose of Edmonton’s solid waste were also discussed.

  • Economy + Community and Culture 

Graphic Summary of Economy and Culture

Economy and Community and Culture was a combined workshop. Economy was discussed in the context of the production, distribution and consumption systems that generate and retain wealth in Edmonton. Community and Culture considered heritage, cultural, social and amenity aspects of the community that affect the well-being or quality of life of residents.

  • Electricity and Information/Communications 

Graphic Summary of Electricity and Information/Communication

Electricity and information communications technology was discussed to assess the resiliency of these systems in light of climate change. Electricity included looking at the electrical transmission and distribution system and information communications technology looked at this system’s network including telephone lines, cables, fibre-optics and other related infrastructure.

  • Emergency Management

Graphic Summary of Emergency Management

While emergency management is a cross-cutting theme across all areas affected by climate change, a separate emergency management session was held to discuss what climate change means for emergency management services, including preparedness, response and recovery.

  • Natural Environment

Graphic Summary of Natural EnvironmentClimate change has the potential to affect our natural environment and ecosystems. In this workshop subject matter experts looked at what this may mean for Edmonton’s terrestrial and aquatic habitats and ecosystems, our large expanse of urban forests, and managed areas such as parks.

  • Public Health and Safety

Graphic Summary for Public HealthThis session looked at what climate change could mean in terms of the physical and mental health of Edmontonians, including both mortality (length of life) and morbidity (quality of life) health outcomes.

 

  • Roads and Active Transportation + Rail

Graphic summary for Roads, transportation and railThis combined transportation session looked at what climate change could mean for the different ways Edmontonians travel around our city.

 

  • Urban Agriculture and Food

Graphic summary of Urban Agriculture and FoodThis session discussed agricultural buildings and land that support local food production, processing and distribution, as well as products sourced from within Alberta that supply Edmonton’s agricultural value chains.

 

  • Water (storm water, drinking water, wastewater)

Graphic Summary of WaterThis session discussed how climate change could affect different aspects of Edmonton's water system, from potable drinking water, stormwater management and our wastewater management systems.

How we can prepare now to be resilient against future climate shocks and stresses

Discussion papers related to climate adaptation and resilience

Take Action

  • Landscaping your yard? Consider low impact development (LID). It mimics the natural movement of water, bringing water back to the land rather than into the storm drains. Rain gardens, for example, collect, absorb and filter stormwater runoff and allow it to soak into the ground.
  • Make sure your home is safe from floods - get a flood prevention home check-up (EPCOR).
  • Lighten your lifestyle with tips from our Change Habits For Climate Guide.
Whether in your home, in the community or getting around, there are many ways you can transition to energy conservation and efficiency.
Environmental Stewardship within the City of Edmonton.
Answers to frequently asked questions related to energy, climate change and taking action.

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