North Vancouver to adorn fuel pumps with climate change warnings

Published: December 4, 2015

Updated: July 24, 2018

Author: Luke Jones

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North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, is blazing a trail on climate change awareness as it will become the first city anywhere in the world to mandate warnings about the effects of climate change on fuel pumps.

Canada is one of the countries at the center of the heated climate change debate, simply because the country is one of the most effected by the changes the climate. It is a subject that has a wide reach and has even infiltrated the insurance sector where companies are looking at the effects of changing climate and how to adapt policies to cover freak weather.

In North Vancouver there will be decals placed on fuel pumps across the city by direction of the local government, and these climate change warnings will be in place from early 2016. North Vancouver Mayor Darrell Mussatto said that establishments will be mandated to carry the warnings as part of their necessary business licenses.

"The message is that burning fossil fuels causes climate change and … to add a positive spin, here are some tips when using your automobile on how to make it more fuel efficient," he said.

"I couldn't live without my vehicle, but I can certainly reduce the number of trips I do use it for," he added.

The city said that the stickers will cost $3,000 to $5,000 to cover the entire fuel pump population of North Vancouver and currently staff are working on possible messages to be included on the decals. The current ideas are:

  • Electric vehicle incentives: "Get $5,000 toward a purchase of a new electric car."
  • The B.C. Scrap-It program: "Trade in your clunker for a transit pass worth $1,360."
  • Fuel-efficient driving tips: "Save fuel through properly inflating your tires."
  • "Idling your vehicle for more than 10 seconds wastes more gas than restarting your engine."

The Paris Climate Change Conference is currently being attended, and Canada’s commitment to championing causes to stem man made climate changes is in full force. Indeed, the country has sent some 300 delegates (politicians, scientists, activists), double the amount sent by the United States.

“We have such a broad delegation, and that's a big change from the past,” said Catherine McKenna, the minister of environment and climate change, referring to (former Prime Minister) Stephen Harper’s record on climate change. “Before, sometimes we actually didn't even show up.”