The political and academic discussion on the global problem of climate change and its future implications have occurred mainly at the national and international level. However, communities and local governments can have a significant role in mitigating climate change by controlling greenhouse gas production at the local level. The Cities for Climate Protection (CCP) campaign sponsored by Local Governments for Sustainability (ICLEI) assists more than 800 municipalities all over the world to adopt climate change mitigation policies and integrate them into decision making. There are 176 Canadian municipalities involved in this campaign while other policies and programs on the national, provincial and local level are also available to implement activities to mitigate impact of climate change. The principle questions addressed by this research were: how Canadian municipalities contribute to greenhouse gas reduction, if and how communities benefit from those activities.
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