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Integrating equity, diversity and inclusion into municipal climate action

Integrating equity, diversity and inclusion into municipal climate action

Deep inequities that exist in climate action spaces and environmental protection efforts. Through the Partners for Climate Protection (PCP) program, we have witnessed how climate action impacts diverse communities in inequitable ways. Equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) practices must be integrated into municipal climate action as part of an ongoing learning process that requires reflexivity, collaboration and relationship building with genuine regard for humanity and social justice.

This resource was developed to help local governments further their own reflections and EDI processes and/or to reflect on ways to improve their EDI practices. It includes an overview of crucial information about EDI in climate action, reviews important terminology and offers a number of examples of climate action and EDI practices. It also explores lessons to introduce how EDI principles can be incorporated into climate action planning.

While this resource includes reflections on what we and our partners have learned so far, it is by no means the end of our learning journey. We hope this resource proves helpful to local governments and that it acts as a window for collaboration and as a stepping stone in our larger learning process. Learn more and download the resource on the PCP website.

This resource was prepared by the Partners for Climate Protection (PCP) program, a partnership between the Federation of Canadian Municipalities and ICLEI—Local Governments for Sustainability. The program receives financial support from the Government of Canada and ICLEI Canada. The development of this guidebook was partially supported with funds from Nature Canada’s Work to Grow program.

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