BC’s Energy Future: Election Debates on Sustainable Energy
The BC Sustainable Energy Association, Victoria Chapter, is holding a series of debates on energy for the provincial election. Energy is a pivotal issue in the upcoming election and deserves a strong public airing and meaningful debate. Voters need to know which candidates and parties are presenting the most sustainable path for British Columbia's future. Hear where candidates and parties stand on:
- Transition to renewables
- LNG and pipelines
- Green jobs
- Site C
- And more . . .
Bring your questions!
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Esquimalt-Metchosin All-Candidates Debate*
Tuesday April 18, 6:30 – 9 pm
Esquimalt High School Theatre
847 Colville Rd, Esquimalt
Saanich North and the Islands All-Candidates Debate*
Monday April 24, 6:30 – 9 pm
Mary Winspear Centre, Bodine Rm
2243 Beacon Ave, Sidney
Provincial Party Policy Debate
Thursday April 27, 6:30 – 9 pm
First Metropolitan United Church
932 Balmoral Rd, Victoria
* Broadcast and podcast on Shaw Cable
Who we are
The BC Sustainable Energy Association Victoria Chapter is dedicated to ensuring a renewable energy future. With an extensive member base across southern Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands, we are a clear voice for progressive change in the region.
The Victoria Chapter seeks to educate and advocate on issues related to energy use, the reduction of GHG emissions, and solutions for transitioning to a non fossil-fuel economy. The Victoria Chapter is one of the oldest and most active chapters of the BCSEA, with an extensive history and varied member base, consisting of retirees, students, sustainable energy industry members and members of government. We are excited about the bright future that we believe is coming to British Columbia, and want to ensure it is one powered by renewable energy.
Help us make Southern Vancouver Island 100% RE powered by 2050 by signing our online petition!
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What we do
The BCSEA Victopria Chapter partners with like-minded organizations, faith based groups, NGOs and businesses to collaborate on renewable energy projects and reach the largest audience possible. We undertake regular events; engaging the public in education of renewable energy solutions, low-carbon transportation and the opportunities to lead a greener, cleaner lifestyle.
We host political debates, advocate for change in British Columbia climate policy and demonstrate clearly, through the use of research and scientific data, that a 100% renewable energy future is possible for Southern Vancouver Island. We believe this is the future British Columbia should strive for, one that is essential to the subsistence of our way of life.
100% Renewable Energy by 2050 Initiative
In 2016, the Victoria Chapter set out to persuade all the municipalities on southern Vancouver Island to adopt a target of meeting all their energy needs with renewable energy by the year 2050 — and we mean ALL energy, not just municipal corporate emissions! This is motivated by the urgent need to switch from fossil fuels to renewable energy in order to do our share of minimizing global greenhouse gas emissions, and so keep global warming and climate disruption to a minimum.
2016 has been exciting and eventful. We attended Car Free Day, Saanich Strawberry Fest and other public gatherings and collected over 1,500 petition signatures from local residents, calling on their municipalities to adopt this goal. (Please sign if you haven’t already.)
We also developed a “Pathway to 100% RE by 2050” for the District of Saanich, which we presented to the public at our Big Town Hall in Saanich’s Commonwealth Centre on October 29th. One hundred and thirty-five members of the public came to hear Tom Hackney present his analysis, followed by Betsy Agar of Simon Fraser University’s Renewable Cities, and Victoria Barr, former president of the Public Health Association of BC.
The City of Victoria has now committed to the 100% RE by 2050 goal and is developing its plan to achieve this. We are looking forward to helping with this in 2017, and to helping other municipalities to get on board. Stay tuned for more exciting news in 2017.
Steering Committee Openings
There are currently no openings in our Steering Committee - but we are always on the look out for new steering committee members!