In the news: New West school board commits to net-zero emissions by 2050

Photo: Dustin Godfrey, New West Record

Dec. 3, 2019 (New West Record) – An environmental group is applauding the New Westminster school board for committing to ambitious climate targets.

After voting to declare a climate emergency in October, school board voted in November to commit to the International Governmental Panel on Climate Change targets, making it the first school board in the Lower Mainland to make such a commitment.

“As a high schooler, seeing my school district take action inspires me to take bold action on an individual level, as well as…on a systemic level,” said Grade 12 student Jade Bouchard, a volunteer with Force of Nature and member of SD40 for the Climate.

Trustee Gurveen Dhaliwal, who brought forward the motion for school board to declare a climate emergency and create a plan to reduce emissions, said staff will come forward with a report in September 2020 on how to reach those goals.

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