The BCSEA Victoria Chapter hosted 'THE BIG TOWN HALL: Saanich: Pathway to 100% Renewable Energy' on Saturday October 29th, together with partners Sierra Club BC and SFU Renewable Cities. And it was just that; BIG! Big attendance, with over 135 attendees clustered in round tables listening to highly credible speakers and putting their minds to work on how Saanich could accomplish the goal of 100% renewable energy. At this Town Hall, we began the most crucial first step in convincing Saanich to adopt a 100% RE policy with the mobilization of public officials and the general public.
Victoria Mayor Lisa Helps, commenting on the challenges in the city staff’s new report on climate action, said: “If we are serious about this, we’d better get serious. But we need the community to jump on board.”
The Ministry of Environment graphics department has done its best. Cute silhouette graphics show how turtles, hikers and bunnies can happily coexist with helicopters, factories and container ships. Photos of eagles and green forests reinforce the bright and cheery prose.
Last month, Tesla dropped the ‘Motors’ from its name, sending out a tsunamic wave of speculation across the online tech and news sphere. Shortly after, low and behold, Musk reveals his Master Plan, Part Deux (a cheeky reference to Hot Shots! Part Deux), the first of several ‘big reveals’ Tesla and Musk have made in the past month.
The central core of downtown Victoria was a hive of pedestrian activity as Douglas Street was closed on Sunday, June 19th to make way for musicians, food vendors, artists and businesses and organizations of every description for the second annual Car Free Day.
The festive atmosphere resulted in a broad cross-section of the community visiting the BCSEA tent and keeping us all busy.
The BCSEA Kamloops Chapter held a film night on May 25. This was the latest in a monthly series called Films For Change, sponsored by the Thompson Rivers University Sustainability Office and in its second year. The Sustainability Office provides the venue and marketing assistance for a sustainability-related community group to show a film every month. Admission is by donation with proceeds going to the community group.
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 recent announcement that electric vehicles (EVs) will be allowed in HOV lanes seemed to provoke a number of negative comments from traditional car drivers. The obvious question is: why should EV drivers get a break?