Climate Change and HCA
There is consensus among international scientists that climate change is occurring, that the impacts are already being felt in regions all around the world and that they will only get worse. “Impacts due to altered frequencies and intensities of extreme weather, climate and sea-level events are very likely to change” (IPCC, 2007). Even after implementing measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, some degree of climate change is inevitable and is already having economic, social and environmental impacts on communities. Developing an effective strategy for adaptation requires an understanding of our vulnerability to climate change.
The purpose therefore of an HCA strategy would be to build resiliency by strengthening HCA’s capacity to develop and plan, in collaboration with other partners, short and longterm adaptation and mitigation actions designed to increase the climate resilience of the watersheds.
Here are some resources that help to explain what the HCA will be doing about climate change within our watershed:
Watch HCA's 7-Part Video Series - "Climate Change Here In Our Own Backyard"
Part 1 - An Introduction to Climate Change in Hamilton's Watersheds
Part 2 - Cultural Heritage Programs
Part 3 - Winter Recreation Programs
Part 4 - Outdoor Environmental Programs
Part 5 - Local Water Resources
Part 6 - Local Ecosystems
Part 7 - Community Action - What You Can Do
Climate Change Charter
Hamilton Conservation Authority was one of the founding members to sign Ontario's first Community Action Climate Change Charter. To learn more about the Charter, visit the official website by clicking here.
You can view a copy of the Charter here.
What You Can Do
Climate Change Hamilton is a website where you can go and discover what your own carbon footprint on the environment looks like. You'll find a toolkit and resources to help you understand your impact and help you find solutions to reduce greenhouse gases and CO2 emissions right at home. Visit their website to learn more.
City of Hamilton Climate Change Information
The City of Hamilton is a member of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities' Partners for Climate Protection program, and has been participating with other municipalities in building the capacity of municipalities to address the challenge of meeting Canada's commitments to the Kyoto Protocol. Read more about the City of Hamilton and climate change.
Conservation Ontario's website contains information on what Ontario's 36 Conservation Authorities are facing with respect to climate change. Resources and presentations are available online for download. Visit the Conservation Ontario Climate Change webpage.
More resources and links are available at the Ontario Centre for Climate Impacts and Adaptation Resources' website (OCCIAR)
Ontario Regional Adaptation Collaborative on Drinking Water Source Protection's Water and Climate Change website . The ORACDWSP is led by the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority, The Ontario Ministries of Natural Resources and the Environment, and York University
Other contributing organizations include The Canadian Foundation for Climate and Atmospheric Sciences, The Canadian Water Resource Association, The Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction, Conservation Ontario, ESSA Technologies, North Arrow Research, EBNFLO Environmental and AquaResource / Matrix Solutions.