Wildfire aftermath showing scorched trees and smoke. Wildfire aftermath showing scorched trees and smoke.

Climate Change: Guide to Taking Steps Canadians Can Implement

In the face of climate change’s growing impact on Canada’s environment and wildlife, we sought insights from CEOs and senior leaders on actionable steps Canadians can take. From reducing carbon footprints through local travel to supporting local conservation efforts, explore the five essential actions shared by these experts to help mitigate environmental challenges.

  • Reduce Carbon Footprint Through Local Travel
  • Lobby for Stronger Environmental Policies
  • Participate in Tree Planting Initiatives
  • Implement Energy-Saving Tactics at Home
  • Support Local Conservation Efforts

Reduce Carbon Footprint Through Local Travel

Aiden Higgins, Senior Editor and Writer, The Broke Backpacker

Aiden Higgins, Senior Editor and Writer, The Broke Backpacker

Everyone should try to be more aware of their carbon footprint, and one easy way to reduce it is to make more considerations when traveling. Of course, an easy way to change this in your day-to-day life is to make more use of public transportation or even cycling to and from each destination. This is also made even easier now with e-bikes and scooters, which can be hired within cities.

However, I think the most important thing that people need to consider is how they travel. Many people will fly out to other countries or use their own car to get to and from their chosen location, but in most cases, there are similar experiences that are local. Local travel is incredibly underrated, especially in Canada. There are so many hiking trails and mountain ranges that I personally think that, for most, there is no need to travel so far out when what they are looking for could quite literally be on their doorstep.

Lobby for Stronger Environmental Policies

Olivia Kepner, Founder, Coolwood Wildlife Park

Olivia Kepner, Founder, Coolwood Wildlife Park

I actively engage in spreading awareness and lobbying for stronger environmental policies. Through social media, petitions, and participating in local advocacy groups, I amplify the urgency of climate action. By educating others and influencing policymakers, I strive to drive meaningful change in protecting Canada’s environment and wildlife from the adverse effects of climate change.

Participate in Tree Planting Initiatives

Mark Fong, General Manager, CEO, hexagon LED light

Mark Fong, General Manager, CEO, hexagon LED light

A highly impactful action that Canadian citizens can presently take to mitigate the impact of climate change on their country’s environment and wildlife is actively participating in tree planting initiatives. Trees currently play a crucial role in sequestering carbon dioxide, a major contributor to climate change. By engaging in community-led tree planting programs or supporting environmental organizations dedicated to reforestation, citizens can actively contribute to expanding forested areas, enhancing carbon capture, and protecting natural habitats.

For instance, getting involved in local tree-planting events or supporting initiatives that aim to restore and preserve forests in vulnerable regions like British Columbia helps build resilient ecosystems and foster biodiversity. This ongoing collective effort not only addresses climate change but also contributes to the overall well-being of Canada’s environment and wildlife, creating a sustainable legacy for future generations.

Implement Energy-Saving Tactics at Home

Tanya Klien, CEO, Anta Plumbing

Tanya Klien, CEO, Anta Plumbing

It’s the small things that matter when it comes to what the average Canadian citizen can do to mitigate the impact of climate change. 

That starts in the home with simple strategies like turning off lights when you aren’t in a room, unplugging appliances when not in use, using energy-efficient appliances along with LED light bulbs, and being efficient about home chores like doing dishes and laundry. That includes washing fuller loads rather than several smaller ones, filling the sink with water rather than just rinsing under the faucet, and using more cold water in laundry than hot. Getting an energy-efficient water heater can also help.

Support Local Conservation Efforts

Michael Chen, Head of Growth, Notta

Michael Chen, Head of Growth, Notta

I focus on supporting local conservation initiatives. By volunteering with wildlife rehabilitation centers or participating in community-led conservation projects, I directly contribute to preserving natural habitats and protecting Canada’s wildlife. 

Additionally, I prioritize reducing personal waste by practicing recycling, composting, and opting for sustainable products. These small actions collectively make a significant difference in mitigating the impact of climate change on our environment and safeguarding the diverse wildlife across Canada.

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