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"Building Bridges" - Anna Warwick Sear's Blog

I have just discovered the blog of Dr.  Anna Warwick Sears, the Executive Director of the Okanagan Basin Water Board.  Her blog provides an "insiders perspective" on water …

Agriculture - Rural and Urban

Last week I participated in the Thompson-Okanagan Climate Action Exchange at UBC Okanagan.  It was a great event for networking with a broad range of individuals and organizations …

Climate Insights 101

The Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions is producing a series of educational videos on climate change.  The first module is now online at http://www.pics.uvic.ca/insights/

Kartikeya Sarabhai - World Class Educator


Last night I attended a lecture by Kartikeya Sarabhai at Thompson Rivers University.  He gave an address as part of the President's Lecture Series.  He is a global leader …

I've become a blogger!

I'm going to give this blogging a try.  Let me know via email if this has value.  Today is the spring equinox - as good a day as any to start.  

Being a beautiful day, I took …


"Building Bridges" - Anna Warwick Sear's Blog

I have just discovered the blog of Dr.  Anna Warwick Sears, the Executive Director of the Okanagan Basin Water Board.  Her blog provides an "insiders perspective" on water management, water governance, water policy, climate change and community resilience with an Okanagan perspective.  Anna began blogging in 2011 and has a posted a substantial amount of great material to date.  

I'm now a subscriber.  Check it out at http://www.obwb.ca/blog/



Agriculture - Rural and Urban

Last week I participated in the Thompson-Okanagan Climate Action Exchange at UBC Okanagan.  It was a great event for networking with a broad range of individuals and organizations striving to develop more sustainable and resilient businesses and communities as we face the challenges of adapting to a changing climate.

I participated in a discussion group associated with agriculture.  The group included individuals who were orchardists, a community garden coordinator, a hotel manager with an interest in urban agriculture, a member of the local food policy council, as well as an academic and consultant or two.  What struck me is how rarely the rural and urban dimensions of agriculture meet and share information as I saw last week.

The boundary between rural and urban agriculture seems to be the boundary of the Agricultural Land Reserve.  Inside the reserve, farmers are trying to sustain their commercial operations in a highly competitive marketplace and they have to manage complex issues within a very complex regulatory environment.  There are federal and provincial agencies which provide various types of support to these farmers (as well as regulate their activities).  They belong to various organizations associated with the commodity they produce and they have access to specific support programs to strengthen farming.

On the other side of the ALR boundary are urban areas where recent years have seen an increasing interest in local food movements fostering urban agriculture (community gardens, urban hens), strengthening community food systems, and promoting local food production as a mechanism to strengthen community resilience, public health and sustainability.  These urban agriculture initiatives are usually undertaken by non-government organizations, sometimes with support of local government, charitable foundations and the Health Authority.

As a consulting planner and agrologist, as well as a community volunteer,  I find myself in both worlds.  Rarely do I see much dialogue between the two perspectives.  And dialogue can lead to understanding, and understanding can lead to solutions.  

We need more forums like the Climate Action Exchange.

Climate Insights 101

The Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions is producing a series of educational videos on climate change.  The first module is now online at http://www.pics.uvic.ca/insights/

Here is the trailer for this very valuable resource.


Kartikeya Sarabhai - World Class Educator


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Last night I attended a lecture by Kartikeya Sarabhai at Thompson Rivers University.  He gave an address as part of the President's Lecture Series.  He is a global leader in fostering sustainable development and very much a "big picture" thinker.  I found his message very affirming.  Here is a link to more information on the TRU website.  

I've become a blogger!

I'm going to give this blogging a try.  Let me know via email if this has value.  Today is the spring equinox - as good a day as any to start.  

Being a beautiful day, I took a break from "March Madness" (working on an unanticipated project before the fiscal year end of March 31) and headed out to Tranquille on Kamloops Lake.  Great to get out of the office and actually experience natural and agricultural areas rather than sit at a computer analyzing, mapping, describing, planning, and thinking about them.  Here's a picture I took on my phone to try out the camera.

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