Implementing a Fair Transition to 100% Renewable Energy

Recently, we interviewed 105 low-income Kootenay-based residents to learn about the interviewees' basic needs, especially housing and transportation in implementing the 100% renewable energy transition. Among those interviewed, 85 were Farms to Friends participants, racialized, and low-income residents. Here are the recommendations made: Prioritizing creating permanent, energy-efficient, and…

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Trail Says Yes to 100% Renewable Energy Transition

Trail City Council unanimously voted to transition the community to 100% renewable energy no later than 2050 on Monday, April 25. Trail is the 13th community in the Kootenays to commit to a healthy, safe, and secure community powered by clean and renewable energy. Way to go, Trail!  Trail joins the Kootenay communities of Castlegar, Creston, Fruitvale, Golden, Kaslo, Nelson, New Denver,…

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Let’s Hear it for Golden!

In a unanimous decision Golden Town Council voted on Tuesday, February 15, to join 11 other communities in the Kootenay region to commit to transition to 100% renewable energy across all energy use sectors in their community. Let’s hear it for Golden! This would not have been possible without the hard work of EcoSociety volunteer Calvin Beauschesne. We are lucky to have dedicated people like…

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Rev. Jeff Donnelly was a bright light

I first met Jeff in 2015 when I reached out to faith groups across the West Kootenay to organize around Pope Francis’ Laudato si'-- the encyclical on climate change. Jeff was the new Pastor of the newly consolidated ministry, the Anglican Parish of Kokanee. He was an outgoing and charismatic and young pastor who enthusiastically participated in creating the Nelson interfaith climate action…

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Get out the vote – the most effective calls you’ll make all month

Pandemic. Wildfires. Climate Change. Election. I hear you -- there is a lot going on right now, and I’m feeling tired too. Yet, this week I’m feeling motivated and excited because I’ve signed-up to make non-partisan get out the vote (GOTV) calls to my neighbours to help more voters cast their ballots in Monday's Federal Election. Can you join me and sign-up for a GOTV phone bank now and help your…

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Let’s hear it for Creston!

In a unanimous decision by Town Council members on Tuesday, September 7, the Town of Creston has officially become the 11th community in the West Kootenays to commit to transition to 100% renewable energy across all energy use sectors in their community by 2050. Way to go, Creston! This also could not have happened without the hard work of the Creston volunteer team from the Creston Climate…

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