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October 2019 monthly Meeting - Climate Emergency: What can we DO?

Thu, Oct 24, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Town: 
Vernon
Venue: 
Schubert Centre - 3505 30th Ave
Sponsor: 

floodA Community Action workshop

  • The Issues, for locals
  • City of Vernon achievements and plans
  • The Cost of no action
  • Initiatives brainstorming

Bring your ideas and let's brainstorm what we as locals can do now. Be part of a solution.

Candidates running in the federal election have been invited to take part and even lead an action of their choice. Check out https://drawdown.org for ideas that can work.

Results
During the evening 6 tables of participants shared many ideas for this question: What can people do to reduce their impact by up to 75%?

Ideas were separated into either local, provincial, national or global actions. The top three choices from all the ideas were chosen with the intent that they and related information be forwarded to local councillors and provincial and federal politicians for action.

We encourage readers to pick one item (or more!) that you feel strongly about and help to work towards change in whatever way you can. Follow SENS on Facebook or on our website for updates and information on some of the work being done by locals or various ways you can become involved.

Listed below are each group’s top priorities, followed by all of the points made in the full brainstorm.

  • Incentives for local food purchase and production
  • Education for children and adults about climate change and what they can do to help
  • More safe bike lanes and trails
  • Residential and commercial retrofits
  • Smart growth to avoid high energy costs related to sprawl
  • Regenerative agriculture and industrial farming addressed (protecting soil and water)
  • Work with provincial governments to allow public/local power authority (for example a solar co-op) 
  • More environmentally friendly buildings (heat pumps, geothermal, solar, increased insulation, cement alternatives etc)
  • Clothes lines be allowed in strata developments
  • Cosmetic pesticide ban (to help protect pollinators and citizens)
LOCAL ACTION:
Food:
City composting
Reduce food waste and divert organics from landfill
Encourage plant based local food consumption
Food co-ops
Regenerative agriculture
Keep food money in our community
Encourage urban food production (i.e bee keeping, small meat production (rabbits etc), egg laying animals, community gardens)
Pollinator friendly community and support pesticide ban
Continue large compost bins and educate public on how to properly home compost
Support local food with policies from all levels of government, not corporately 
Bans on cosmetic pesticides
Eating organic food:  Use 100 mile diet
Water subsidies or breaks for those growing own food
Rainwater harvesting
Transportation: (currently it takes up over 50% of energy use)
Separate bike lanes
Electric buses
Mass transit, more safe bike lanes and trails
Electric vehicles
Reduce flying and driving
Incentives for transit use and more convenient/accessible transit
Electricity Generation:
Capture landfill gas
Public power authority for Vernon and area to enable solar co-op
Generate power from landfill
Local renewable energy support
Land Use:
Conserve wetlands
Sequestration through agriculture, permaculture, forestry, and rehabilitation of vacant land
Bylaws regarding industrial farming
ALR definition clarity and importance with provincial jurisdictions
Plant as many trees as possible
Materials:
Make more use of recycled rubber
Building – insulation, green and/or white roofs, passive house principles, use ‘greencrete’ rather than cement, solar, heat pumps, land use planning
Buildings and Cities:
Residential and commercial retrofits
Unconventional buildings 
Smart growth to densify downtown and reduce taxes because less infrastructure is needed
Building – insulation, green and/or white roofs, passive house principles, use ‘greencrete’ rather than cement, solar, heat pumps, land use planning
Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing (it allows owners to get a loan to fund home energy improvements and pay it back via the property tax. – often a net gain for homeowner)
Funding for transitioning to low carbon energy (e.g. heat pumps to replace gas furnaces and hot water tanks)
Building smaller, low energy, net zero homes
Other:
Education of public and in schools
Youth positive projects and involvement
PROVINCIAL ACTION:
Boost carbon tax
Provincial sourcing regulations 
Promote small/local business
Incentives for farmers 
Change laws to allow local input to power grid
Tax on consumption of energy
Road tax similar to Europe
Regenerative agriculture/permaculture and enhance ALR
Intercity buses
More electric vehicles and charging stations
Mandate greener road technology (avoiding current asphalt and cement reliance)
NATIONAL ACTION:
Require everyone to vote
Renewable energy and storage
Road tax on larger vehicles
Living wage
Federal definition of industrial farming
Carbon tax
National passenger rail service
Fuel subsidies
Proportional representation voting
Lower voting age
Federal job guarantees v.s. unsustainable jobs
Educational food packaging
Electoral reform
Make carbon very expensive
Transition to new economy
Divest from banks that are supportive of fossil fuel industry
GLOBAL ACTION:
Tariffs on imported goods from countries with no climate plan
Education 
Renewable energy and storage
Think globally, act locally.

 

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