People of the West Kootenays are showing up big time

By Montana Burgess “What is the West Kootenays? Where is it? How many people live there? Why do you live in such a rural place?” I hear these questions a lot from international colleagues and friends from across Canada. The West Kootenays doesn’t have official boundaries from what I can tell, but it’s made up of areas West of Kootenay Lake, including Kaslo, up through the Arrow Lakes, including…

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Speak up for Climate Action in Rossland on July 4

Monday, July 4 @ 6:30pm Rossland Climate Action Town Hall RSVP Join your community at the Rossland town hall, hosted by MP Wayne Stetski, on Canada's climate action plan: Monday July 4 @ 6:30pm at the Prestige Hotel RSVP. The town hall will give residents the opportunity to speak up on Canada's cliamte plan in 2 min segments. If you live in Rossland, Trail, Castlegar, Grand Forks, the…

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What does 100% renewable mean in the Kootenays?

  We need the Kootenays to phase-out fossil fuels and be on 100% renewable energy in all sectors no later than 2050 in order to do our fair share to prevent the worst climate impacts of carbon pollution, like drought, floods, and other extreme weather events.   This transition must also support low-income people, provide justice and reconciliation for Indigenous Peoples, and retrain…

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Monthly Kootenay Climate Vigils

  Nelson Interfaith Climate Action Collaborative invites you to the Kootenay Climate Vigils. On the 22nd of every month, a local faith group will host a climate vigil in the tradition of their spiritual practice. The event could be a prayer vigil, a discussion, a potluck, a combination, or something else completely. The location, time of day and duration will vary each month. All are…

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100% Renewable Kootenays kicks-off on June 18

By Montana Burgess I moved to the Kootenays for the lush forests and fertile land. I feel truly alive when I breath the clean air and swim in the fresh water. I love digging through the dirt in my garden, turning in my compost and planting last year’s carrot and marigold seeds. And I would love to spend all my time working in my garden, taking in the mountain beauty around me. But I can’t.…

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West Kootenays showed up strong for bold climate action

by Montana Burgess Last night, I had the great privilege of co-facilitating Nelson’s Climate Action Town Hall, hosted by Kootenay-Columbia Member of Parliament, Wayne Stetski. Almost 250 Nelson and area residents packed into the Prestige Lakeside Resort’s meeting room. It's not too late to add your voice. >Click here to send your message to Canada's Environment and Climate…

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