If you are curious about the province’s readiness for climate change, you may want to read the Government of Saskatchewan’s latest report.
The report identifies targets, baselines, historical trends and the current status for 25 measures of resilience. These 25 measures are listed in five key areas, including natural systems, physical infrastructure, economic sustainability, community preparedness, and human well-being.
Measures are classified as either good (showing a desired trend), fair (maintaining or mixed trend), or poor (undesirable trend). The report suggests says that, overall, that status of these measures is encouraging.
“Resilience to a changing climate is just as important as reducing our own provincial emissions,” Environment Minister Dustin Duncan said in a press release. “Assessing and improving on these 25 measures will help people and communities across the province to cope with, adapt to and recover from the inevitable stresses of climate change and extreme weather.”
The province hopes that continuous tracking and reporting will lead to a better understanding of Saskatchewan's resilience to climate change, as well as identifying areas of improvement.
The report's release comes just after the federal carbon tax was imposed on the province on April 1. The Government of Saskatchewan is challenging the tax in court.
The report and the full Prairie Resilience climate change strategy are available online.