Whistler is making BIG MOVES for our climate. When we act together, small steps become BIG MOVES
Whistler’s Climate Action BIG MOVES Strategy identifies the six most impactful action areas we need to focus on as a community to reduce emissions and make Whistler a more climate resilient community. We all have a role to play! The RMOW, in partnership with Whistler’s environmental charity AWARE, has created Small Steps for BIG MOVES: 12 months of climate actions we can each take to support Whistler’s six BIG MOVES.
TAKE ACTION! This October, let's:
Reduce our waste
Reducing our waste is an easy / achievable and affordable action supporting BIG MOVE #6: Close the loop and shift toward lower carbon consumption
Every year in October, communities across Canada celebrate Waste Reduction Week. This year’s 20th anniversary celebration, October 18 to 24, 2021, is a fun week to learn more about the circular economy, resource efficiency, and waste reduction. It’s a topic so important we’ve dedicated an entire month to it!
Whistler has long been a leader in community efforts to reduce our community waste. While the average British Columbian produces 549 kg per person of garbage in a year (roughly the weight of a horse), Whistler decreased our landfilled waste in 2019 to the equivalent of 325 kg per person, but we still have a long way to go! Whistler’s 2021 Zero Waste Action Plan aims to reduce landfill waste by 80 per cent, from nearly 12,000 tonnes trashed in 2019, to 2,400 tonnes by 2030. That means we still need to dramatically reduce and design out waste. A great approach to waste is to remember that the best way to reduce waste is to avoid creating it in the first place.