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Transportation Systems & Urban Development Patterns for a One Planet Region

By Todd Litman
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.

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A New Economy for a One Planet Region

By Guy Dauncey
What kind of an economy do we need for a One Planet Region? A presentation by Guy Dauncey, author of Journey to the Future: A Better World is Possible.

There are as many as 25 different forces that combined to drag western civilization out of the feudal age. From private business to central banking, from the scientific method to public heathcare, they combined to bring us the world we have today, and the end of the Holocene Era. Which of these 25 forces are responsible for the mess we are in? And how do we change these key components of the economy, locally and globally so that they guide us to the economy we need for a One Planet Region?

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Top 5 Water Challenges in BC

By The POLIS Project (UVic)
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.

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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.

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100% Renewable Energy for BC: The Psycho-Politics of Success

By Guy Dauncey
Presentation to the BCSEA Victoria Chapter, November 17th 2017. What are the emotional, analytical and engagement needs of champions? What are the barriers, and how can they be overcome?

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Capital Region Climate Projections 2017

By The CRD
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.

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2017 Climate Report Card

By The Columbia Institute
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.

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2017 Victoria Vital Signs

By The Community Foundations of Canada
Vital Signs is a national program led by community foundations and coordinated by Community Foundations of Canada that leverages local knowledge to measure the vitality of our communities and support action towards improving our collective quality of life.

Read the full report here.

Nature in the Heart of the City Map

By The Bateman Centre & Creatively United for the Planet Society
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.

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Electric Vehicles in BC

By The Victoria Foundation
British Columbia is leading the way in electric car use and charging station installation. Learn the numbers behind this growing green trend.

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Pathway to 100% Renewable Energy In Saanich

Tom Hackney
Explore a number of informative facts and figures on how it’s within reach to make Saanich a 100% renewable energy community by 2050.
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Electric Vehicle FAQ

By Julian Sale of Motorize – Your EV Store
Have a question about electric vehicles? Learn everything there is to know about EV speeds, charging, and other helpful knowledge in this four page, easy to digest document.
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Vancouver Island EV Charging Stations

By Motorize – Your EV Store
Need some juice? Use this list to find all the charging stations on Vancouver Island before your next EV road trip.
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The Need To Protect The Gorge Waterway

By UVIC Environmental Law Centre
This document raises a concern that local governments are failing to protect Gorge Waterfront public lands from private use and occupation. In this report we ask the governments of Esquimalt and Saanich to investigate which public assets may, or may not, have been lost or compromised.

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Why Environmental Groups Need Our Support

By The Creatively United for the Planet Society
These 15 reasons why environmental groups need our support will help inspire environmental awareness! Created by local cartoonist Nelson Dewey.

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Car Idling Facts

By The Creatively United for the Planet Society
Learn about how car idling is effecting our air and environment. Created by local cartoonist Nelson Dewey.
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Activist Animal Colouring Sheet

By The Creatively United for the Planet Society
Download this colouring picture created by local cartoonist Nelson Dewey.
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Tree Are Vital Infographic

By Nelson Dewey
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.

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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.
Source

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.

Links & More Information

BCCIC BC2030 Election Toolkit
BCCIC Movement Map – Explore over 2500 civil society organisations working towards the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals
The CRD Community Green Map
Cities For Everyone – Affordable housing advocates
Canada Green Building Council
Food Security Resources
Plugshare – EV charging station resource
Roadmap for Building Retrofits in Canada – Lowering old building’s emissions
Vancouver Island Farmers Markets

Have an online resource you’d like to see on this list? Please let us know!

Sustainability Tips

Individual

  • 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

Community

  • 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

Global

  • 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

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