Transition Sooke facilitated a climate change town hall last June, and now the group is taking action on the issues.
On Sept. 29, Transition Sooke will host a workshop titled: Climate Emergency: What Can We Do?
“Participants at the Green New Deal Town Hall identified issues they think need to be addressed in our community,” said Jo Phillips, one of two coordinators for Transition Sooke’s Climate Emergency Action Group.
The workshop takes place in the Sooke Community Hall downstairs dining room from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The morning features several keynote addresses, followed by quick briefs on the different issues that will be discussed around small “action tables” in the afternoon.
The action tables will focus on creating teams, hearing from a number of different resource people in the community already working on these issues, and starting to build action plans for the upcoming year.
Some of the issues to be discussed include: rainwater harvesting, divestment from fossil fuels, local renewable energy options, greenspace protection, local economic models, and local food and agriculture.
“Sooke region residents are anxious about the impacts of climate disruption on their cherished West Coast environment, on their family’s health and on the local economy,” said Susan Clarke, the other coordinator for the group.
“Many members of our community have indicated that taking action reduces their anxiety and sense of powerlessness. They have also made it abundantly clear, particularly with provincial and federal inaction on climate change, that we need to take local, meaningful action as soon as possible.”