Climate change is one of the most critical issues British Columbians will face this century. Impacts will include changes to precipitation patterns, rising average temperatures, increased frequency of extreme weather events, and sea-level rise—all of which will pose significant challenges to the way we live and work. Many engineers and geoscientists are already planning for climate change in their work.
APEGBC’s most recent position paper identifies reduction of greenhouse gases as an important climate change mitigation strategy. The APEGBC Position Paper: Human-Induced Climate Change incorporates input provided during extensive consultation with nine APEGBC committees and divisions, and declares the following positions:
- APEGBC accepts that there is strong evidence that human activities, in particular activities that emit greenhouse gases, are contributing to global climate change.
- APEGBC Registrants have the potential to influence greenhouse gas emissions through their professional activities, and are expected to consider the impact of their work on the climate.
The position paper also commits APEGBC to support its members with climate change-related guidelines and materials, to work with government on climate change-related issues and processes that affect BC’s engineers and geoscientists, and to encourage member to consider climate change in their work—particularly through climate change mitigation and adaptation.
The APEGBC Position Paper: Human-Induced Climate Change follows up on another climate change-related position paper, published in 2014, that recognizes that changing climate means evolving responsibilities for the association and its membership.
Opportunity for Consultation
APEGBC wants to know how it can better support members to consider climate change in their professional practice. A climate change survey launches on January 18. Please take part to share your views on climate change, and to influence how APEGBC could better support you to consider climate change in your professional practice.
The survey is your chance to share your opinions, suggestions, and ideas about this important subject. The survey will be open from January 18, 2017, to March 15, 2017.
Take the survey (as of January 18).
Download the 2016 position paper.
Find more information on APEBGC’s climate change initiatives.
Contact APEGBC's Climate Change Advisory Group.