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Should Lakes Have Rights?

May 16, 2020

The Okanagan Valley is a spectacular vista of rounded hills, distant mountains, sparkling waters, and a unique ecosystem for human and non-human life to adapt and thrive. Despite its apparent permanence, the Valley and the Lake are fragile and vulnerable ecosystems experiencing accelerating pressures from unsustainable patterns of settlement, travel, and economic development. The Valley is vulnerable to insect damage,…

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UN Sustainable Development Goals

The UN’s Sustainable Development Goals: A Way Ahead for Everyone

December 4, 2019

After the upheavals of the 2008 world economic depression and the realization of increasing environmental, social, and economic stresses, societies agreed that the world needed renewal and hope.  So in 2015, 193 countries adopted the Sustainable Development Goals, the blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all. They address the global challenges we face, including those related…

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The Value of a Ditch

December 4, 2019

The Okanagan Sustainability Leadership Council recently hosted a series of talks from Emanuel Machado, Chief Administrative Officer of the Town of Gibsons, BC and the Chair of the Municipal Natural Assets Initiative (MNAI). In this talk, we learned of the progress being made by the Town of Gibsons towards ‘valuing ditches’. The Town of Gibsons was the first North American…

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Connecting the Okanagan Communities

July 26, 2019

Several months ago, the idea was born to find ways of bringing Okanagan communities together to follow local news and events, share success stories, and inspire people to take action on the issues that matter to them. As a team, we at the Okanagan Sustainability Leadership Council could see that there were already deepening networks of people who cared about…

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