The mission of First Things First Okanagan is to promote awareness of climate change and work to find solutions for a better future.

Strategic purposes and activities:

Goal 1: Inform Okanagan communities about the consequences of climate change and inspire them to take action.


  • Work with local libraries to develop climate change displays that feature books and other resources.
  • Develop a public presentation on climate change that can be given to community audiences.
  • Work with schools to develop programs and teacher training sessions on climate change and reducing energy use.
  • Produce a series of brochures on climate change (general and topics relevant to the Okanagan –water supply, drought, wildfire)
  • Write regular columns on alternative energy solutions

Goal 2: Lobby representatives from all levels of government to support policies that reverse the build-up of greenhouse gases.


  • Write letters to provincial and federal representatives encouraging them to take quick and definitive action to address climate change.
  • Meet with municipal and regional district council members and climate action community members to promote a climate action agenda that includes community power initiatives.
  • Research the climate change mandates and targets adopted by of various levels of government

Goal 3: Inspire individuals and communities to reduce their GHG footprint.


  • Initiate a FTFO sustainable energy project and invite the community to participate
  • Organize an electric vehicle (EV) event and provide EV information
  • Facilitate access to GHG footprint calculators and hold competitions for GHG reductions

Goal 4: Network with other regional organizations to strengthen climate change awareness and stimulate effective action. 


  • identify other groups that have goals compatible with FTFO and seek a mutually beneficial affiliation
  • Engage with affiliated groups through joint meetings or webinars and collaborate on publications and activities
  • Promote collaborative actions and projects