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Professional Leadership in a Changing Climate: Joint Statement

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The Association of BC Forest Professionals, the Association of Professional Biology, the College of Applied Biology, and the Planning Institute of British Columbia recently issued a joint statement on professional responsibility and action in a changing climate.

The Preamble reads:

Professionals are required to use the best available science in making our decisions, and so we, the resource and planning professional associations of British Columbia, recognize that climate change is occurring and it has fundamental impacts on British Columbia’s communities and ecosystems. We know the importance of both reducing the presence of greenhouse gases in the global atmosphere (climate change mitigation) and in adapting our society and ecosystems to prepare for climatic changes (climate change adaptation).

Our members have crucial roles to play in both climate change mitigation and adaptation; their knowledge, expertise and professionalism are key parts of the solution. But they also have important professional and ethical responsibilities related to the changing climate. Professional associations have an obligation to define those responsibilities and to provide the training and structures that will allow members to meet their responsibilities to their clients and to the public.

Read the full statement here.

Image credit: John McConnico/Associated Press

 

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