Climate change is fast becoming a critical issue both globally and locally. Changing weather patterns and an increase in severe weather events such as severe cold and heat waves, ice storms and microburst events as well as increased flooding events highlight the need to be prepared for ongoing challenges. Changing temperature and precipitation patterns, more extreme weather events and the resulting impacts to our environment will require us to adapt and the Town of Oakville is committed to building resiliency to these changing and extreme weather patterns.
At the June 24, 2019, Council meeting, Oakville Town Council passed a motion declaring a climate emergency in Oakville. One year later, the Town of Oakville released the 2019-2020 Climate Emergency Progress Report (pdf) outlining the significant progress the town and community have made towards mitigating and adapting to the effects of climate change.
Residents are urged to join in the fight against a climate crisis. Review the Top 10 actions you can do to help reduce Oakville's greenhouse gas emissions.
Oakville's Climate Change Primer (pdf) provides local information for residents on the science and complexity of climate change with climate projections for southern Ontario and more specifically Oakville. This online document links directly to local information on how to help protect human health, the natural environment, residential homes and properties against the impacts of a changing climate.
An increase in the frequency and duration of extreme temperature events such as heat, often accompanied by smog, and extreme cold events pose health and safety risks to town staff and residents. It is important to be aware of appropriate actions and safety measures to take during extreme heat events or on days of poor air quality. The Halton region Health Department issues all heat, smog and cold related warnings to area municipalities who in turn offer relief programs. For more information on how to protect human health in light of temperature extreme and poor air quality visit the Halton Region website.