This summer, if all goes according to plan, residents in three regions of the country will be able to type their postal code into a new website and get a precise sense of the sometimes-deadly risks of climate change they face in their neighbourhood.
In Vancouver, the unceded traditional territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Nations, for instance, it may be flooding, caused by extreme storms, unsafe indoor temperatures, caused by heat waves, or food insecurity, resulting from climate-related breaks in supply chains.
But perhaps more important, even, than predictions of doom — the platform will also provide a draft plan for what residents can do about it: How to sign up for emergency weather alerts, get a grant to retrofit their house with a heat pump, or contact their local politician to demand better flood-proofing for the future.
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