The South Island Climate Action Network (SI-CAN) is a network of organizations on Vancouver Island.

SI-CAN shares information about efforts to address the climate emergency and works toward effective climate action by local, provincial and federal governments.

Statement of Principles

Governments at all levels must adopt well-known, best-practice policies to reduce the climate change emissions of businesses, individuals, governments and others throughout the region, and strengthen carbon sinks.

Transportation and buildings are the largest sources of emissions that take place in this region. SI-CAN calls on all governments to place the climate emergency at the centre of planning and decision-making, and to quickly adopt, implement and enforce laws, regulations, budgets and other policies to dramatically address this region’s contribution to climate change:

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Shift transportation to low-emissions and no-emissions modes, including walking, cycling, and transit; replace fossil fuels with electricity; reduce the need for transportation by improving urban density and reducing suburban sprawl.


Switch building energy systems from fossil fuels to clean electricity; improve energy efficiency for existing buildings and new buildings; protect forests, agricultural land, and other natural spaces and carbon sinks.

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Track and reduce methane, CO2 and other climate change emissions from waste disposal.

Embodied emissions

Track and reduce embodied climate change emissions from production and transportation of food, building materials, vehicles, consumer products and other goods brought into the region.

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Carbon Sinks

Promote ecological sustainability and protect forests, agricultural land and other natural and greenfield spaces from development in order to ensure the capacity of trees, soil and other parts of the ecosystem to absorb and store carbon.

February 2021. This Living Statement of Principles will be updated yearly or when required.

Do you live on southern Vancouver Island and want to be involved? Contact us to join the growing network of individuals and organizations seeking to promote solutions to the climate crisis today!