Climate Change Got You Down?

Floods and fires are on our minds in the Okanagan and all over the world. As we experience dramatic weather events that have been predicted by climate scientists, it is an opportunity to discuss the urgency of taking climate action seriously.

Three new articles offer food for thought:

Eve Andrews from Grist writes about coping with Climate Change Anxiety.

Charlie Smith of the Georgia Straight looks at B.C.’s summer of floods and fire in Climate Chaos Upon Us.

CBC, “The Current” examines, “Is Canada prepared for climate change?” Adaptation is key.

April 2017 Symposium “Energy: Our Present, Our Future”

First Things First Okanagan invited twenty-four dynamic speakers from around British Columbia to address, “Energy: our present our future” in Penticton. A trade display explored new and sustainable energy technologies and programs.

12 p.m. keynote address: Alisha Clancy, David Suzuki Foundation
“A Good News Story: Global Trends in Renewable Energy”

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Symposium Sponsors

The 2017 Alternative Energy Symposium was made possible by our very generous sponsors!

Special thanks to: Fortis BC, The City of Penticton, Berry & Smith, Quick-Therm Insulation Solutions, Argon Electrical Solar, Betts Electric, Penticton Lakeside Resort, Whole Foods Market, Huber Bannister Chevrolet, Swiss Solar Tech Ltd, Canadian Energy, Burrowing Owl Estate Winery, Okanagan Wind, Craig Henderson (Royal Lepage), Dandelion Renewables and Terratek Energy!

MP Richard Cannings spreading our name in The House

As some of you may know, we formed First Things First Okanagan a couple of years ago after a meeting with Fred Ritchie. Dick Cannings was there at the beginning and now he is in the Canadian House of Commons as our constituency’s Member of Parliament and he continues to put his efforts into building a de-carbonized society. Click the link below and see Dick speak about our current projects and upcoming Alternative Energy Symposium, “Energy: Our Present, Our Furture”

***Keep an eye out for upcoming announcements regarding the Symposium!***

MP Richard Cannings – FTFO Member’s Statement

“Surveying the Field of Climate Change Science” with Harvey Quamme

Join us on Feb. 28th, 2017 at the Penticton Public Library/Museum Auditorium, part of Penticton’s “Brown Bag Lecture Series”, from 12:00pm to 1:00 pm.

Titled: “Surveying the Field of Climate Change Science,” by Harvey Quamme. Harvey,  Penticton’s own retired agricultural research scientist- turned author, takes us on a virtual tour of the Field of Climate Change Science. Since we at First Things First Okanagan recognize evidence- based decision-making as a foundation for our push towards realistic climate action, we invite you all to this informative and engaging lecture! 

Influencing and Educating others on Climate Change

Science Illiteracy is a tool that many politicians and Anti-Climate Action Activists use to make Climate Change seem inevitable and confusing. This is how and why people tend to get frustrated and deny the fact Climate Action needs to happen and that they must be part of this moment.

How do we move past this and begin to truly inspire and educate others? We need to explain the many ways Climate Change will effect their lives, their interests and future. Finding different ways to engage with people is key, as everyone’s priorities are different. This could include discussing the long term effects on agriculture, or explaining the economic benefits of switching to Alternative Energy options.

We can all advocate and lobby for practical and accessible options in reducing our carbon footprints. We can all do something personally and as a whole and by discussing and sharing these tips, the change can and will happen!

If I just explain the facts, they’ll get it, right?

“Meeting Water Challenges: Are You Ready?” with Robert Sandford and Don Gayton

robert-sandford-and-don-gayton-posterrdos-50th-anniversary-photoPlease Mark your Calendars for: Monday, November 28, 7 – 9:00 p.m. (doors open 6:30) at  The Cleland Theatre, 325 Power St., Penticton. As Robert Sandford, the EPCOR Chair for Water andClimate Security at the United Nations University Institute for Water, Environment and Health and Don Gayton, the Wetlands Coordinator for the Okanagan Basin Water Board take the stage.

Sandford’s work is committed to translating scientific research outcomes into language decision-makers can use to craft timely and meaningful public policy. His presentation will overlay how international examples can and will affect our local water issues.

“With sea level rising, extreme weather events being the new normal, it’s not just about protecting yourself, it is understanding what is happening globally and regionally and how that will impact you.” -Robert Sandford

Gayton will set the stage for his colleague and friend, by providing the audience with a brief presentation on the Okanagan’s water and wetland history. He will bring us to present day through photographic examples and lively narrative. Gayton’s presentation will provide perspective and context, helping us to understand Sandford’s message at the local level.

We at First Things First Okanagan believe it is vital to understand our connection to water in the valley and how it is being effected by climate change. We hope to see you out Monday, November 28th (7-9pm) supporting and education yourself on this pressing topic.

Solar Fair 2016 Video Highlights

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First Things First Okanagan hosted a Solar Fair/Symposium Saturday March 12, 2016. Talks in the Okanagan College Lecture Theatre were videotaped. Links to the talks are as follows:

SOLAR FAIR Community Solar (Carmen Proctor)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jk69ab-6fGw

SOLAR FAIR Eco Sage (Tabitha Eneas + Phil Hawkes)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WDaaICRjIc0

SOLAR FAIR Keynote Address (Josha MacNab)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Ephqp5_wSM

SOLAR FAIR Energy Management (Jay Lewis)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jsUCefPg5-k

SOLAR FAIR Green Economy (George Heyman)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HJf-Lq-eANw

SOLAR FAIR Experts Panel

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xnygWGoAPZU