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 celebrating as your local governments lead Canadian small towns to adopt the West Kootenay 100% Renewable Energy Plan for a renewable energy future for people, communities & the region.

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 families and seniors in need 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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Conservation

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. We’re sharing more information online on local old growth trails, local plants & animals and local knowledge.

  • 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’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. Restrictions keep changing, and these guidelines are meant for times when we can safely meet. 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
  • Masks are required. If you would like to wear a mask but don’t have access to one, then let us know and we 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. 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 again in the fall, and you came out in great numbers to learn and share your expertise. We’ll be back with webinars in the new year. 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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