Ali Grovue, BCSEA Executive Director, kicked off the meeting describing the overall provincial status of BCSEA, and the connection to the local chapters. Marion Pape, Chair of the Victoria Chapter, then gave an overview of last year's work and introduced the 2016 steering committee. Denise Stocco then gave a short-but-sweet overview of the finances for Victoria Chapter.
Novo Solar recently completed a solar installation in the centre of Gold Bridge, BC at the Community Centre and Library. With a large SW facing metal roof sloped at about 25 degrees off horizontal, to which a solar PV array could be secured, Novo Solar Systemswas contracted to design and install a grid connected, solar panel array. The Novo Solar Team first installed the FastRack systems to the roof. Then we attached 24 photovoltaic panels and wired them up to provide 6kW of power.
Fifty BCSEA and Dogwood Initiative supporters gathered at The Oaks, celebrated our 2015 achievements and built energy for some great collaborations in 2016. Thanks to BCSEA volunteer Sam Torrance for the mellow cajun sound of Bijoux du Bayou that set a warm tone to the evening, despite the soggy weather. Mark January 7th in your calendars: our AGM will feature words from Kai Nagata, Dogwood campaigner extraordinaire, to set us in the right direction.
PUTTING SUSTAINABLE ENERGY & CLIMATE CHANGE ON THE AGENDA ONE DEBATE AT A TIME
Engaged crowds, lively discussion of the issues and stalwart work by volunteer organizing teams have marked the first three of five "Energy, Climate and Our Future" federal debates on southern Vancouver Island.
Why would another pipeline be needed when we’re in the beginning stages of a global transition to renewable energy? That’s what the Kamloops Chapter of the BC Sustainable Energy Association (BCSEA Kamloops) has said in its letter to the National Energy Board (NEB). We invite you to read the attached letter with its two appendices, below.
In March, motivated by the climate crisis, Vancouver City Council took the bold step of declaring that Vancouver would become a 100% Renewable Energy City, obtaining 100% of its energy from renewable sources, and asked its staff to get back to them by fall with a clear articulation of the date by when it might be feasible. The city's staff, in turn, are seeking the public's input, using the hashtag #VAN100RE.
The RCMP has labelled the “anti-petroleum” movement as a growing and violent threat to Canada’s security, raising fears among environmentalists that they face increased surveillance, and possibly worse, under the Harper government’s new terrorism legislation.
In highly charged language that reflects the government’s hostility toward environmental activists, an RCMP intelligence assessment warns that foreign-funded groups are bent on blocking oil sands expansion and pipeline construction, and that the extremists in the movement are willing to resort to violence.
As the lead organizer of The Solar Laundry Project (SLP) here in Kamloops, I’ve been on a steep learning curve. The SLP is an initiative of the Kamloops Chapter of the BC Sustainable Energy Association which encourages people to reduce their electrical consumption by hanging clothes to dry instead of using the dryer. For the past two years, we’ve organized an awareness campaign based on weekly draws for high-quality clotheslines during the summer months.
I’ve learned that a focus on fun goes a long way, great promotional photos are like gold, simple messaging is best, and good relationships with media are key to coverage. But perhaps the biggest single eye-opener has been the importance of partnerships.