Cheryl Santa MariaDigital Reporter
Friday, November 20, 2015, 8:55 AM - North Vancouver, B.C. is thought to be the first city in the world to add mandatory climate change stickers to its gas pumps.
The bylaw was passed unanimously by city council in a vote Monday night. It was championed by Our Horizon, a not-for-profit that called the vote an "historic global first."
Our Horizons founder Rob Shirkey told the CBC other Canadian and U.S. cities are supporting similar warnings, but North Vancouver is the first city to make the labels mandatory.
Officials hope to have the stickers on all city gas pumps by early 2016. Gas stations will need to maintain them in order to keep their business licence.
Proposed warning label samples. Courtesy: Our Horizon
"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," North Vancouver Mayor David Musatto told the CBC.
City officials hope the warnings will make people more aware of the link between burning fossil fuels and climate change while inspiring them to conserve fuel.
"I couldn't live without my vehicle, but I can certainly reduce the number of trips I do use it for," Musatto said.
City staff are in the process of designing the stickers, which will be approved by council within the next few months.
A staff report suggests incentives may be added to the warning labels.
Examples include offering $5,000 toward the purchase of a new electric car and providing fuel-efficient driving tips.