What do you need to feel prepared for the impacts of climate change?

HalifACT & the Library's Climate Community Engagement Series

Table of Contents

  1. Engagement #1: What's Your Climate 101? (completed)
  2. Engagement #2: Slowing Climate Change (completed)
  3. Engagement #3: Preparing for Climate Change (happening now, April 25-May 2!)
  4. About HalifACT and the Library


Engagement #1: What's Your Climate 101

February 2023

We asked you to consider this:

The devastation caused by Hurricane Fiona in September was an alarming reminder of the growing climate crisis. Climate change poses risks for people, buildings, nature, economies, livelihoods, and safety. There is an urgent need for all of us to take action to fight climate change (mitigation) and prepare for climate impacts (adaptation).

And answer these questions:

      • How are you seeing climate change in your community? Winter? Spring? Fall? Summer?
      • What do you want to know about climate action?

This engagement is completed, and the results are in. Read what we heard from you.


Engagement #2: Slowing Climate Change

March-April 2023

The results from February's engagement told us what you are experiencing and your top concern: slowing climate change. In response, we created an engagement for you.

We asked you to consider this:

We can slow climate change by reducing the amount of carbon we’re putting into our atmosphere by changing how we produce and use energy. Now is the time to act. Halifax is taking action by moving to:

  • Green energy sources
  • Zero emission buses and fleet vehicles
  • Low carbon (net zero) municipal buildings and more

Government and companies play a big role and so can you with the decisions you make every day. Slowing (mitigation) and preparing for (adaptation) climate change are two important parts of taking climate action. Mitigation reduces harm while adaptation prepares us for the effects of climate change.

And answer this question:

  • What do you think will help slow climate change?

Missed out? Visit shapeyourcityhalifax.ca/halifact to answer online. You are also invited to explore the resource page for climate action featuring information we gathered together based on your feedback.


Engagement #3: Preparing for Climate Change

Happening now, April 25-May 2

Now that we've heard about your climate reality and about what climate action you want to see now, we're looking at what is next.

This time, we're asking you to consider this:

Preparing for climate change will help us to adapt, protect ourselves and our communities, and respond to impacts. For example:

  • Heatwaves, wildfires, flooding, hurricanes and blizzards can lead to power outages, damage to buildings, roads, communications equipment, and water or wastewater systems.
  • Supply chains may be interrupted, making it difficult to get every day products and materials.
  • People we love may experience physical and mental health impacts increasing demand on emergency services.
  • Financial impacts may reduce our collective ability to respond effectively.

By planning ahead and working together we can strengthen our communities, ecosystems, and economy, and we are aiming to be ready for the events climate change brings.

And answer this question:

  • What do you need to feel prepared for the impacts of climate change?

Have an answer? Pop-by your local Library to engage or answer online at shapeyourcityhalifax.ca/halifact. You are also invited to explore the resource page for climate action featuring information we gathered together based on your feedback.


About HalifACT and the Library

In response to the climate crisis, the Halifax Regional Municipality has adopted an ambitious climate action plan - HalifACT: Acting on Climate Together.

HalifACT lays out how we’ll reduce emissions, switch to clean and reliable energy sources, grow our green economy, and show leadership from local government.

Take part at Library locations from February to April

Halifax Public Libraries and HalifACT are partnering to learn from you. For at least one week at a time, you will find a display asking you questions and giving you space to write and post your answers.

Pop-by your Local library to share your experiences with climate change.

We are committed to making deep change, but success relies on all of us being supported to engage and take action. We will share what we hear from you and use your feedback to create climate resources, programs and supports for effective climate action.

Can’t make it to one of our library branches or prefer to participate from home? Visit shapeyourcityhalifax.ca/halifact to share your thoughts.

Let's act on climate together by learning from each other! Visit our resource page for climate action, if you haven't already.