Non-profit group Our Horizon would like warning labels like the one above required at local gas pumps.

Climate campaign targets gas pump

A non-profit organization is hoping you will be reminded of the effects of climate change every time you gas up your car.

A non-profit organization is hoping you will be reminded of the effects of climate change every time you gas up your car.

Matt Hulse, the BC campaign director of Our Horizon, approached the directors of the Columbia Shuswap Regional District with a request for its member municipalities to require climate change labelling on all gas pump handles, similar to the warning labels placed on cigarette packages.

“We are hoping the labels will be a tool towards a greener economy,” he told directors. “These labels locate responsibility for climate change in the palm of your hand.”

Hulse added that currently when people buy gas they are not thinking about he impacts of fossil fuels.

“What registers now is the price… ,” said Hulese. “These labels can change that… they can generate some other emotions, dissatisfaction, discomfort and that’s when change arises.”

The initiative has already received the backing of the municipality of North Vancouver, who passed the label law in June with implementation scheduled for fall.

He said the group will be approaching the Union of B.C. Municipalities and the Federation of Canadian municipalities for support.

Hulse, however, did not leave the meeting with the CSRD’s formal support of the climate change labels or any commitments from member municipalities.

CSRD Chair Rhona Martin thanked Hulse for the Our Horizons presentation, but said the board would discuss the issue and another time and would get back to him with a response at a later date.