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“They are going about it in completely the wrong way. To force this project through on First Nations that does not want it, on a public that does not want it: is not how you build support and trust. “
The Greater Victoria Region achieves social and ecological sustainability, with a high quality of life and a long life in good health for all its citizens, while reducing its ecological footprint to be equivalent to one planet’s worth of bio-capacity. The Mission of...
Fifteen years ago, as a reporter for CHUM TV (aka The New VI), I got a call from a professional wildlife biologist in Port Alberni called Mike Stini. He’s an Island guy to the core—understated, drives a pickup, knows the bush like the back of his hand and, more than...
Each of us needs to think about what really motivates us to reform our voting system. As advocates, we must speak from our hearts and minds, and address issues that really concern voters. What does Proportional Representation have to do with access to housing,...
Choose the kind of information you would like to explore! Learn from experts and industry leaders on a variety of topics including nature & wildlife conservation, food & farming, transportation, the economy, and sustainability.
Hear from world-class speakers on a variety of topics with recorded presentations from Creatively United for the Planet events. See our full catalogue of videos here.
Presentations & Reports
2017 Columbia Institute Climate Report Card
Local governments who directly and indirectly influence more than 50 per cent of Canada’s greenhouse gas emissions, are taking climate leadership in communities across the country. Enhancing their ability to act is both necessary and a powerful opportunity for meeting Canada’s climate commitments.
Having asked the question ‘what federal, provincial and territorial initiatives would boost local government climate initiative,’ Columbia Institute released Top Asks for Climate Action: Ramping up Low Carbon Communities in June 2016. In this report, we laid out 18 federal policies and 24 provincial/territorial policies dedicated to ramping up low carbon communities.
A year later, this 2017 Top Asks report card looks at the federal policy positions and takes stock of where we’ve seen progress.
CRD Climate Projections 2017
Temperatures in the capital region are warming. Global climate models project an average annual warming of about 3°C in our region by the 2050s. While that may seem like a small change, it is comparable to the difference between the warmest and coldest years of the past. The purpose of this report is to quantify, with the most robust projections possible, the related climate impacts (including changes to climate extremes) associated with warming.
Top 5 Water Challenges in BC
British Columbia’s past, present, and future are intertwined with water. Lakes, rivers, aquifers, and glaciers were—and remain—critical to Indigenous populations in all aspects of life, and were important to early settlers for transport and resource development. More recently, development in British Columbia has included the damming of rivers and creation of a vast network of hydropower—now the source of 90 per cent of the province’s electricity.
Urban Sanctuary Project
The Urban Sanctuary Project is a community initiative that aims to inspire others to become involved in the practices of a healthy ecosystem, with a special focus on Migratory Bird Sanctuaries. Celebrating the first three Migratory Bird Sanctuaries in Pacific Canada, in the heart of the Salish Sea, 2017 will mark the 100th anniversary of the Migratory Bird Convention Act, an important step in the history of the Canadian wildlife conservation movement.
Transportation Systems & Urban Development Patterns for a One Planet Region
Good planets are difficult to find. Let’s take good care of the one we have!
Humanity is shifting from about 80% rural in 1900 to about 80% urban in 2100. The density with which new urban residents live will significantly affect the total amount of openspace (farmland and natural habitat) that will be displaced by development. More compact development (more than 20 residents per hectare) provides large savings and benefits. Our challenge is to increase both density and residents’ quality of life.
Test Your Knowledge
What is a Photovoltaic Cell?
Solar panel electricity systems, also known as solar photovoltaics (PV), capture the sun’s energy using photovoltaic cells. These cells don’t need direct sunlight to work – they can still generate some electricity on a cloudy day.
Photovoltaic cells generate cheap and green electricity from sunlight.
What is causing southern resident orca populations to decline?
Extinction is feared due to declining birth rates as a result of a lack of salmon.
What effect does lighting have on health?
Lighting affects the body’s natural circadian rhythm and can create sleep and mood disorders and has been linked to certain types of cancer and creates stress in the system.
How many islands are in the Salish Sea?
There are 419 islands in the Salish Sea.
Learn more about the Salish Sea from the Seadoc Society.
What is a "foldscope"?
A makeshift microscope made of paper used in field work.
Learn more about this handy origami from Manu Prakash’s TED Talk.
What is a major way commercial buildings can save on energy?
Replace existing lighting with energy efficient lighting, install custom controls to reduce lighting usage and monitor usage.
How much does it cost to charge an electric vehicle?
If electricity costs $0.11 per kWh and the vehicle consumes 34 kWh to travel 100 miles, the cost per mile is about $0.04.
If electricity costs $0.11 per kilowatt-hour, charging an all-electric vehicle with a 70-mile range (assuming a fully depleted 24 kWh battery) will cost about $2.64 to reach a full charge.
What is the International Dark Sky Association?
The International Dark Sky Association is an organization created to protect the night sky and fragile ecosystems from stray light pollution by educating people on the affects of light pollution.
How does stray light affect environment and ecosystems?
Stray light can affect the migratory patterns of certain animals, has shortened the growing season of trees by up to three weeks and causes disorientation in birds, resulting in the death of millions of birds per year flying into illuminated buildings.
Nature in the Heart of the City
A mutual admiration for our natural world with the Robert Bateman Centre has resulted in nature-based map that includes the artwork of Robert Bateman which promotes ways to help people connect with nature.
The map is available free of charge at the Robert Bateman Centre or Creatively United events.
Download: Front – Back
Trees Are Vital Cartoon
Learn why trees are so important to our lives and the health of our planet with a charming cartoon tree and facts by local artist Nelson Dewey.
Why Environmental Groups Need Our Support
These 15 reasons why environmental groups need our support will help inspire environmental awareness! Created by local cartoonist Nelson Dewey.
Car Idling Facts
Learn about how car idling is effecting our air and environment. Created by local cartoonist Nelson Dewey.
- Zero in on zero waste, question consumption
- Repair, reuse then recycle
- Refuse extra packaging and plastic (from plastic straws to cups)
- Use a waterbottle vs buying bottled water
- Choose recyclable products over disposable
- Air and sun dry your laundry vs using your dryer as often as you can
- Buy energy efficient light bulbs
- Organize or volunteer with grassroot movements that support your community to be happier, healthier and more resilient
- Write letters in support of causes, great organizations
- Put your talents to good use by sharing them helping your community
- Join a board, community group, attend council meetings, be engaged and aware
- If you can’t volunteer time, donate money to those organizations doing the hero work
- Exchange experiences and support great ideas by discussing and sharing them with others
- Be part of a larger global conversation by being aware and involved in organizations such as Avaaz, Walkfree.org
- Invest in renewable energy
- Cut emissions from transportation and travel
- Focus on local food security
- Choose fair trade first