Island food security probed at Sooke meeting

Climate change and local food security are in the spotlight at a public presentatio

Climate change and local food security are in the spotlight at a public presentation in Sooke.

The science behind climate change and the need to address its impact locally through regional food security is the focus of a Transition Sooke presentation at St. Rose of Lima Church, 2191 Townsend Rd., on July 22 at 7 p.m. Admission is by donation.

Aerospace engineer Parvez Kumar will begin the evening with an audio-visual presentation titled Our Planet In Crisis: A View From Above.

With a diverse background that includes stints with the Canadian and European space agencies, the Sooke resident uses an array of satellite photos and video clips to illustrate rising sea levels, melting icepacks, extreme weather events, deforestation and ocean acidification.

Sooke Farmland Trust co-founder Mary Coll will then offer a promising local answer to the climate crisis as she make the case for a revitalized Sooke food production system. She will be joined by former federal economist Mark Ziegler, who will quantify the significant potential value of an intact, managed, protected and coordinated Sooke foodshed.

Vancouver Island has enough food to last just 72 hours in case of emergency. The ongoing California drought is expected to reduce the volume while increasing the price of imported fruit and vegetables. More local food for local plates is essential.

A foodshed working group has recently begun meeting at the Sooke Region Volunteer Centre. Led by Christine Bossi, it includes Inishoge Farm’s Mary Coll, her Farmland Trust colleague Mary Alice Johnson, the Sooke Fall Fair’s Ellen Lewers, the Sooke Harbour House’s Frederique Phillip, Sooke Food CHI’s Britton Jacob-Schram, Sooke Chamber of Commerce’s Michael Nyikes and Transition Sooke’s Jeff Bateman, among others.

 

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

UPDATED: West Shore RCMP locate dangerous, ‘high-risk sex offender’ thanks to help of taxi cab driver

Scott Jones wanted on a Canada-wide warrant, ‘a risk to women and girls,’ police say

Sidney’s Cascadia Seaweed hopes to float to the top of a growing industry

Food products based on seaweed could hit local shelves in spring 2021

New Oak Bay officer on the traffic beat

Const. Jeff Savoy a ‘top traffic enforcement officer’

Deadline looms to take Esquimalt’s waste stream survey

Township wants residents, business owners’ thoughts on integrated resource management

West Shore Rotary Club raises $20,000 with Golf Ball Drop fundraiser

Nearly 4,000 golf balls poured onto Olympic View golf course Saturday

QUIZ: Do you know what’s on TV?

Fall is normally the time when new television shows are released

A (virtual) walk around the world by 88-year-old B.C. man

George Doi says it’s simple: ‘I like walking’

End of CERB means uncertainty for some, new system for others

As of a week ago, the CERB had paid out $79.3 billion to 8.8 million people

Horgan, Wilkinson trade barbs over MSP premiums, health care at campaign stops

Horgan called a snap election for Oct. 24 earlier this week

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

Vancouver Island Tour de Rock riders roll into Parksville Qualicum Beach

Saturday’s schedule includes Port Alberni, Ucluelet and Tofino, followed by Nanaimo on Sunday

97 distressed horses, cats and dogs seized from farm in Princeton

RCMP assisted as BC SPCA executed search warrant

Most Read