One of the key recommendations of the UBC Climate Emergency Task Force Report (2021) is to
"Foster a Culture of Engagement & Advocacy on Climate Action
Encourage civic engagement: Create a culture of advocacy and civic engagement at UBC that encourages and empowers climate justice action by students, staff and faculty through student engagement in elections, a robust culture of climate advocacy among UBC community members, and empowering students to be engaged global citizens and activists"
Civic engagement can pursue a broad range of objectives, such as: influencing policies, holding public authorities accountable, transforming attitudes and cultural norms; and complementing the state delivery of services, among others. -United Nations Development Programme
This definition from the UNDP emphasized the broad range of goals that civic engagement can pursue. It can contest or collaborate government officials or specific policies, or can be aimed toward the community in general. Because civic engagement is so broad, there are also varying degrees of engagement. Some are quite simple activities you may already engage in, while others require significant skill and time investment. This infographic from Seminole State College places examples of civic engagement on a scale from passive and individual to active and collective, and can help you identify where your current engagement falls and what next steps are available to you.
Source:Seminole State College https://www.naspa.org/images/uploads/main/Seminole_State_University_Civic_engagement_model.pdf
Blue, G., & Medlock, J. (2014). Public engagement with climate change as scientific citizenship: A case study of world wide views on global warming. Science as Culture, 23(4), 560-579. 10.1080/09505431.2014.917620
Brulle, R. J. (2010). From environmental campaigns to advancing the public dialog: Environmental communication for civic engagement. Environmental Communication, 4(1), 82-98. 10.1080/17524030903522397
Wibeck, V. (2014). Enhancing learning, communication and public engagement about climate change: Some lessons from recent literature. Environmental Education Research, 20(3), 387-411. 10.1080/13504622.2013.812720
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The union of BC municipalities has members from municipalities across BC. The UBCM fosters communication between municipalities, helps coordinate action on issues of common concern, and advocates to provincial and federal government on issues affecting municipalities in BC, among other things. Use the directory to find contact information for municipalities and their elected officials. Take at look at UBCM's Environment Policy page for policy recommendations related to environmental policy.