Make climate change a civic election priority, says Winnipeg group
Transition Winnipeg says city needs to curb urban sprawl, plan for climate change effects
A Winnipeg coalition wants the seven people vying for mayor this fall to consider how the city can address the challenges arising from climate change.
Transition Winnipeg issued a report Monday that looks at how the city can adapt to climate change and manage growth.
The coalition, which consists of a number of neighbourhood groups, says Winnipeg has to curb urban sprawl and start building inward, as well as invest more on transit and alternative energy.
"Get city candidates to acknowledge the costs associated with climate change; not only climate change, but also increased economic volatility as a result of rising oil prices," said James Magnus-Johnston, a spokesperson for Transition Winnipeg.
Transition Winnipeg is also calling on the city to budget money to address issues that it says are related to climate change, such as flooding and frozen pipes, and invest in infrastructure to better handle them.
As well, the coalition is calling on the city to factor rising energy prices into its costs, as well as have experts review future development plans.
Read the report by Transition Winnipeg below.