Professionals’ Perspectives on Climate Change Challenges

Designed to be a conversation starter, this report summarizes key examples of climate change challenges and solutions for selected professions.

Many professionals are already responding to these pressures with changes in their practices, and are discussing and developing resources that will be helpful now and in the future. ACT formed the ACT Professional Advisory Committee (ACTPAC) in 2014 to develop better understanding of the climate challenges for different professions through engaging with senior representatives of major sectors in BC on key insights into the challenges they face, and solutions they are considering. Designed to be a conversation starter, rather than an exhaustive analysis of the issues, this report summarizes key ideas on examples of climate change challenges and solutions for selected professions. This information was synthesized from discussions conducted with the ACTPAC over the past two years, as well as insights gained during an ACT workshop with BC thought leaders held in Vancouver on September 9th, 2016, entitled Climate Risk: Getting to Action. It is clear from the results of this process that many professionals are already embarking on new approaches to climate change challenges; however, if they are to respond effectively to the substantive changes anticipated, continuous improvement in training, communication, codes and standards, sustainability principles and best practices will be needed.