I believe it’s very important to have a grass-roots, member-driven environmental advocate, the West Kootenay EcoSociety, in our communities. It just makes sense.

We are concerned about backing off from the excessive impact we’ve been having on our environment. We should have our own organization that talks about it.

When our family moved to Nelson in 2011, one of the first things I looked for was an environmental group, and it sure didn’t take long. Within days I was on a bike ride around Nelson organized by the EcoSociety with David Reid and others. I’ve been involved ever since. We worked on saving the Jumbo Valley, the EcoSociety helped with endless climate change and pipeline events. Campaigning to move off fossil fuels! There’s always something going on.

I have long been a fan of local markets too. I love being able to look right in the eye of the person I’m buying from. When I found out that the EcoSociety was instrumental in keeping the local markets going, I was really impressed. It’s a great natural fit. Encouraging sustainable, local agriculture and local anything, is really an environmental direction we need to take.

I ended up also getting involved with The EcoCentric, the environment news radio show on Kootenay Coop Radio (noon-hour on Tuesdays!). It’s a natural way to encourage more conversation about changing to sustainable living. And a great way to invite people in to participate with the West Kootenay EcoSociety; just about every week on the show we talk about something EcoSociety volunteers are taking on.

I really enjoy the intentional style of the West Kootenay community, people choosing to live here to forge a better lifestyle, harmonious with nature. The EcoSociety is an important part of that, and I look forward to more great events and community building.