As Canada prepares to rollout the federal budget for 2019, mitigating the effects of climate change will no doubt have an influence on how the Liberal government chooses to allocate infrastructure spending.
The Economist discusses this moral dilemma in their Dec 6th, 2018 article, "Humanity must work out how many resources should be diverted from life-enriching consumer goods to the task of limiting global warming.”
Last year we have seen heavy rainfall in the US, Canada, and Caribbean cause mass flooding, eradication of coastlines, and the destruction of roads and buildings.
The aftermath of the devastating effects of rainfall has forced people to consider how they are going to repair and replace crumbling infrastructure with something more resilient.
The answer may lie in low impact infrastructure.
Tom Hook, Principal at B+H Architects which develops green infrastructure strategies for developments all over the world says in the St Lucia Star, “Green infrastructure, low impact development, these are big key words but it’s really just common sense. The resilient landscape is about a system that is natural; you use things like parks, open spaces, streams and permeable paving. They become features and amenities on the site but they are also acting as storm management tools.”
Creating water friendly cities remains a big challenge for many parts of the world and having efficient drainage systems are vital in the reduction of stormwater pollution, according to Hook.
Permeable paving is able to absorb rainwater to help cut off stormwater and thereby reduce the stress on local waterways.
Canadian policymakers and taxpayers need to become more educated on the numerous economic, environmental, and structural benefits sustainable development will have on our communities. PurePave Technologies is determined to spread this message and encourages all Canadians to allocate their money towards green and resilient infrastructure to limit the negative effects of climate change on current and future generations.