B.C.'s premier has announced the creation of a team that will update the province's efforts to address climate change.
Premier Christy Clark revealed the makeup of her climate leadership team at an event Tuesday in Burnaby, east of Vancouver. The team has until the end of November to submit recommendations on everything from meeting the province's greenhouse-gas targets to highlighting ways to collaborate with local governments.
Clark said her province has a small, yet important, role to play in a global issue.
"Climate change is a problem that threatens to engulf the world and British Columbia is a very small contributor to the problem," Clark told reporters.
"Nonetheless, we have a unique responsibility to be a leader in showing how it can be done."
The team will be chaired by Mike Bernier, who is a Liberal member of the provincial legislature, and will include representatives from academia, local government, business, First Nations and the environmental community.
A finalized climate plan will be released early next year following a 30-day public consultation session in December 2015.
This week's announcement comes seven years after B.C. introduced a carbon tax.