Change is in the Air:Toronto's Climate Change, Clean Air and Sustainable Energy Action Plan, which was unanimously endorsed by Council in July 2007, set in motion Toronto's bold and ambitious climate change agenda. The plan includes more than 100 actions to reduce the greenhouse gas and smog-causing emissions which contribute to climate change. It also recommended the development of a comprehensive strategy to adapt to the long-term changes in our weather patterns that are already underway.
Change is in the Air was followed by Ahead of the Storm: Preparing Toronto for Climate Change. This document outlines a number of actions which can improve the City's resilience to climate change and extreme weather events. Ahead of the Storm was unanimously endorsed by City Council in July, 2008.
What is Climate Change Adaptation?
Climate change adaptation can be defined as initiatives and measures taken to reduce the vulnerability of natural and human systems to actual or expected climate change effects. Examples of adaptive actions include raising river or coastal dikes, and substituting more temperature-shock resistant plants for sensitive ones, etc.