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Victoria wows with 100% Renewables

Paul Rasmussen
Friday, April 29, 2016

BCSEA Victoria organized 2 events and partnered to organize the 5th annual Creatively United for the Planet festival which was held on April 16th and is billed as “North America’s largest non-profit Earth Week festival”.

The overall organizer for Creatively United was Frances Litman, who is also a BCSEA Victoria steering committee member.

fullsizerender_1.jpgThe event, held at the beautiful new Royal Bay Secondary School was fabulous, featuring 75 exhibitors, 30 Presenters, films, music, and a farm-to-table 4 course dinner the preceding night. Despite being held outside the Victoria core metro area, the event attracted over 1000 attendees, including BC Lieutenant Governor, Judith Guichon.

BCSEA Victoria members Dan Kells and Tim Roberts organized an electric bike demonstration on the track outside the festival. The event featured 3 electric bike vendors with a large array of e-bikes which could be tested on a brand new track beside the school. The event was highly successful.

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Karen Gibbons of Pedego Electric bikes said that the largest number of bike tests she had experienced in previous events was 32, and at Creatively United 74 individuals kept her busy with test drives over the course of the event. Two other dealers experienced similar traffic but did not keep actual numbers. Over the course of the event, roughly 170 test rides were taken.

BCSEA Victoria steering committee member and Sierra Club BC Climate and Energy Campaigner, Larissa Stendie organized and MC’d a Post Carbon World Cafe during the festival. 4 BCSEA Victoria steering committee members and a member of Sierra Club BC hosted tables at the Cafe. Over 30 persons attended the world cafe There were animated discussions and some great ideas generated about how to facilitate our transition to a post-carbon future.

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Meanwhile, at our indoor BCSEA booth, we debuted our new petition calling for municipalities on the south Island to commit to 100% renewable energy by 2050. The petition was very well received with over 200 signatures and over 20 people indicating they would like to do more to help us!