The Community Climate Action Plan was adopted by Council on June 29, 2021 and outlines eight "Big Moves" to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and increase our resilience to climate change impacts.
In spring 2021, Sustainability Services staff presented to grade 9 artists from Westsyde Secondary School, who then interpreted the Big Moves through art and their personal reflections.
The students used a variety of art media to explore local climate solutions including actions to promote low-carbon development, sustainable transportation options, zero-carbon buildings, a circular economy and renewable energy, and to enhance local ecosystems.
Students also shared their perspectives on what they like about the Big Move their art represented and how it would shape what Kamloops will look like in 2050. Youth highlighted both the need for climate action and shared hope for what can be achieved.
“I don’t want to watch the world get worse from climate change, and know what it was like to live here when we still had time to stop it from happening,” said Lara Johnson.
“I believe our city can start to change our ways and turn eco-friendly,” said Mya Strutz.
The youth art and personal reflections can be viewed in an online image gallery on the City's website, at an outdoor exhibit outside Cunliffe House (262 Lorne Street) from August 10 to September 7, and in the Community Climate Action Plan (pages 83-85).
The City would like to thank the student artists for sharing their creative visions for a low-carbon future.