Covid-19 has turned the world inside out. We are all affected. We're still here working for a renewable energy future, working to conserve our valuable and valued wild places, working to ensure a sustainable supply of local, healthy food is available for all of us. Together, we will get through this.

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Renewable Kootenays

Our mission to help the West Kootenays transition to 100% renewable energy by 2050 continues. We’re still working behind the scenes with the working group of nine local governments on the draft plan for a renewable energy future for the West Kootenays. The working group has told us this is still a priority.

The public consultation process has had to change, and we’re exploring options for online input for each community.

The draft plan will still be ready later this spring, and then we’ll host more opportunities for public feedback while we work with the local governments to adopt the plan.

And we’re still building support in the communities that haven’t yet signed on to the commitment to 100% renewable energy. If you’re in one of these communities, please sign the petition and let your local government know that the best way to economic recovery is through a renewable energy economy.

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Food Sustainability

Everyone deserves to be healthy. Let’s get local produce to people in need especially during COVID. We’re connecting low income families and seniors in the West Kootenays with farm fresh local, organic food once a week to help ensure those people who need it most have access to healthy food.

Farms to friends is a new program to support 54 low income families and seniors this year to access healthy food grown locally in the West Kootenays. EcoSociety’s staff and team of volunteers provide no contact delivery. Want to be part of Farms to Friends? You can sponsor a family or volunteer to help deliver.

Farms to Friends is about local food security & our most vulnerable residents.

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Protecting our wild places is still a priority, perhaps now more than ever. We need a healthy environment and healthy communities to come out of the pandemic safely.

We’re still working to stop the logging of old growth forests, our Conservation Committee continues to meet and advise us, and we continue to partner with other groups, such as Y2Y, to reach as broad and dedicated an audience as possible. And your continued support is as valuable as ever.

Providing educational opportunities about the importance of preserving our old growth forests has changed with social distancing and the closure of so many trails and parks. We’re exploring ways to share more information online.

  • We continue to support other groups that are leading the efforts to preserve our watersheds, such as in Glade & Ymir.
  • We continue to support the efforts to protect the crucial habitat of the Argenta Face.
  • We will be continuing our part in the national campaign to Make Room for Nature to ensure the federal government sets aside 25% of our country’s land base by 2025.
  • We’re keeping the pressure on the provincial government to dissolve the Resort Municipality of Jumbo now that Qat’muk, the Jumbo Valley, is protected.

Our COVID-19 Hazard Risk Assessment Procedures

Message to volunteers:

Here is some COVID-19 information. Please read before gathering and let us know if you have any questions. We want everyone to feel safe.

  • Do not come if you feel sick.
  • Please do not feel pressure to attend if you are worried about safety
  • EcoSociety will provide hand sanitizer
  • Everyone will need to stay 6 feet apart
  • Since we are meeting in outdoor spaces masks are optional. If you would like to wear a mask but don’t have access to one, then let me know and I can help you find one
  • If you are carpooling it is mandatory that everyone wears masks in the car and sanitize hands.
  • Please no passing around of food or objects unless they have been sanitized. 
  • Be aware that everyone has different levels of comfort around COVID. I know some people have gone back to life as normal and others are still social distancing. Please be respectful of that. 
  • While meeting as EcoSociety volunteers let’s be role models in the community and follow all the recommendations above. 

We will review these protocols before every meeting.

Read our full policy

The world has gone digital! Since we can’t get together in person, we’ve started a Facebook Group where you can share what’s happening in your world related to Covid-19. It’s a place to share ideas, share something positive and stay connected. It’s also a place where you can tell us how we can help you.

Community is at the heart of our work, so drop in and say hi!

We hosted webinars twice a week from late March through early July, and you came out in great numbers to learn and share your expertise. We’re taking the summer off and letting our fantastic webinar experts enjoy the sunshine. We’ll be back with webinars in fall. Keep an eye on our social media to find out what topics we’ll have.

In March, April and May, we hosted an online get together every evening from 7-8 pm We checked in with each other and discussed topics ranging from how your garden is doing to how you can continue to volunteer and be a part of our work. We’re all in this together.

Stay connected with your community. See you on social media!

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