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Pembina Institute for Appropriate Development

Engaging British Columbians in shaping our collective climate legacy

This year, project staff met with 150+ organizations to better understand why & how these groups might wish to engage on climate policy. Several have become central allies. Clean Energy BC (power producers), Green Jobs BC (labour+NGOs), Climate Smart (businesses), the Bowen Group (high-emission industries + ENGOs), the Urban Development Institute (building developers), Union of BC Municipalities, Organizing for Change (ENGOs) and others have worked with us to highlight opportunities to advance climate policy collectively with their members. We are seeking funding for a 3-year Test Grant to strategically expand & deepen the participation of British Columbians in climate action. This will also allow us to respond to more requests from grassroots groups, First Nations and community leaders to provide analysis and assistance on development issues relevant to them. With climate policy windows officially open federally and provincially, groups can now advocate effectively (using a GHG emissions lens) on issues such as pipelines, tankers, fracking, LNG, etc. We will test & expand our engagement, by partnering with key allies across strategic sectors (e.g., buildings, industry, ENGOs, labour, local government, First Nations, grassroots groups and media) to engage their networks in shaping climate policy. This work will change “how we act”, “money, knowledge & people”, and “laws, policies & rules”, and in promoting a more engaged society, will inform our “values & beliefs".

Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative

Upstream, Downstream: A Collaborative Approach to Cumulative Effects

A Murray River Watershed Working Group (WWG) led by First Nations as stewards of the land, with resource companies, Y2Y, provincial government and other technical, academic and community representatives invited as appropriate, will use facilitated meetings and a series of 4-5 community workshops to deepen mutual understanding of the local and broader context and shape the CEA Framework. Together they will forge a common agenda and agree on the CEA Framework scope, process and timeframes, with the workshops helping to flesh it out and draw on local and traditional ecological knowledge. This will root the Framework in the values of the communities that use the 175km-long Murray River—specifically First Nations communities – but also take into account broader community and resource needs and industrial, academic, technical and government input. Saulteau First Nations, West Moberly First Nations and MacLeod Lake Indian Band have already confirmed their WWG representation. This project will bring together people who share an interest in the great natural resources of the Peace region, but who may have quite different perspectives, to collaboratively create a CEA Framework and process, which will ultimately inform and enable a more balanced and integrated land-use approach. It will also provide an innovative model for cross-sector working on land-use planning that reflects and respects aboriginal rights and values, supporting their continued use and enjoyment of the land.