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Published on November 27th, 2015 | by James Ayre

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Gas Pumps In North Vancouver To Warn Pumpers About Climate Change

November 27th, 2015 by  


Originally published on EV Obsession.

The Canadian city of North Vancouver (in British Columbia) will soon be home to gas pumps featuring climate change warning stickers, following the passing of a law there by the city council, according to recent reports.

While the designs for the warning stickers are yet to finalized, the idea is that they will illustrate some of the possible consequences of greenhouse gas emissions — similar to the long-proposed idea of putting graphic warning images on cigarette packages.

Climate change warning sticker gaspump


 

Unsurprisingly, this marks the first time that a city anywhere in the world has decided to follow such a path — and it’s a bit hard to say whether they’ll have any, or much of, an effect at all.

Climate Progress provides more:

The City Council still has to approve designs for the stickers, but a city staff report recommended including messages such as “Get $5,000 toward a purchase of a new electric car” or “Idling your vehicle for more than 10 seconds wastes more gas than restarting your engine” on the stickers.

The effort to get the stickers on gas pumps is being spearheaded by a Toronto-based group called Our Horizon. Rob Shirkey, executive director of the group, told ThinkProgress that the main point of the stickers isn’t to get people to completely stop driving — it’s to change their way of thinking about climate change.

“(The goal) is not to have someone drop the pump and walk away from the vehicle,” Shirkey stated. “We have a habitual automatic downstream behavior — we don’t think about pumping gas. We all say in Canada, ‘shame on Alberta, shame on tar sands,’ but by pointing finger up-stream, we distance ourselves from the problem. We’re providing most of the demand for that product.”

“The message is that burning fossil fuels causes climate change and … to add a positive spin, here are some tips when using your automobile on how to make it more fuel efficient,” stated North Vancouver Mayor Darrell Mussatto.

The current plan is for the stickers to be implemented next year. Total costs are expected to be around $3,000–5,000 for the initiative.





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  • PoMo

    One interesting tidbit: The local business license will be tied to the
    display of the warning label. Businesses that want to renew their
    business license will need to comply with the bylaw. It is expected that
    the big oil companies will challenge these bylaws, so it is not quite
    clear how this will all pan out and whether we will (hopefully) see
    these labels soon. Other municipalities in the Metro Vancouver region
    are following the developments closely as they want to introduce similar
    measures.

    • Martin

      The (big oil) may challenge these bylaws, but considering all the data behind the facts, just like with the cigarettes, they will have a large uphill battle.
      But in this case, both the public and the laws will be on the other side, against them.

  • Martin

    Cool I first saw that on a article on the Canadian Weathernetwork.
    It is a first step just like the warning on the cigarette package and may lead to rethinking and lowering gas fuel use. (a carbon tax works even better, like we have had in BC since 2009).

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