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Newsletter No. 47 - Serving Vancouver Island's Environmental Community - February 1996


2001 - A DREAM OF OUR ISLAND'S FUTURE

Global famine, global warming, global economic "restructuring" - just how much bad news can good folks take ? So let's take a hike down Imagination Lane .....

It's January 2001, and people of sound mind from all over the Island have gathered at a forest retreat in the Comox Valley to address key issues facing us in the 21st century, and devise appropriate responses. After several days discussion they decide to launch a new social, political and environmental vehicle called the Vancouver Island Alliance (VIA), and enroll memberships all over the Island.

Using the powers of the Internet, many electronic Mailing Lists are set up, which allow people with shared interests to develop policies and initiatives together, accessing the entire range of the World Wide Web for the world's best ideas.

In 2002, VIA puts up many candidates for municipal elections, and thanks to the excitement that has built up over the previous two years, and extensive networking and organizing with local groups, they win control over several key towns and cities on the Island.

By now, the scientists' message about climate change has been reinforced by drastic weather events around the world, and people are beginning to accept that fundamental changes will be needed if we are to stabilize our planet's atmosphere. The VIA city councils introduce Local Green Plans, and start transferring budget resources to cycling and public transit, and passing legislation obliging employers to reduce their office commuting rates. At the same time, under the influence of local watershed stewardship groups, regional districts start working closely with the provincial government to establish integrated watershed management systems, bringing together the best in regional planning, fisheries protection, ecoforestry and agriculture in a holistic manner. A full network of long-distance Island hiking trails is mapped out, and landowners are given tax-breaks if they establish conservation covenants on trail routes that pass through their land.

In 2003, a Socially Responsible Investment group that VIA helped launch sets a goal that by 2008, 10% of all the pension funds, RRSPs and other investments made by islanders will be channeled into socially and ecologically restorative businesses, so that the weight of capital starts working for a better world, instead of against it. At the same time, a Sustainable Islands Fund is launched by a credit union to invite investments in renewable energy, organic agriculture, telecommunications, environmental technologies and community-based economic development.

By 2004, solar voltaic technology is putting roof tiles on the market at competitive prices, enabling people to install the tiles and sell the surplus energy back to BC Hydro, or plug in their new solar-electric mini-vehicles. Groups such as VIA have been organized across the province, and persuaded the government to create a series of ecological taxes, reducing the PST accordingly, and funds for R & D are moving steadily from oil and gas into energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies.

Meanwhile, the province has woken up to the shock of a widespread forestry collapse stemming from overcutting, climate-change induced forest fires and damage to seedlings by UV radiation from the depleted ozone layer. AACs are reduced sharply all over the province, and forest companies are given new terms of tenure that oblige them to hand 10% of their holdings to Woodlot Tenures, and cooperate with the new Watershed Stewardship Councils to ensure that holistic management systems are put in place.

In 2005, VIA launches Victoria Businesses for Social Responsibility. A Green-Up program is developed which assists businesses make the shift to restorative practices, and the group sets the goal that by 2010, 30% of all Greater Victoria businesses will be operating in an ecologically sustainable manner. At the same time, many of our consumer habits start changing drastically, and car-sharing, equipment sharing and local currencies such as the LETSystem take off widely. Globally, third world nations united with progressive first world nations to pass a Global Code of Social and Environmental Conduct, and the first corporations are taken to the International Court in The Hague, and called to justice.

Space runs out ! - and we have yet to describe how urban communities were transformed through traffic calming and neighbourhood agriculture, how the Island LRT system was built, how sprawl was eliminated through ecovillage legislation, how worksharing was introduced ......

Fortunately, our ability to build a better world know no limits - except the belief that there is such a limit. Dream on, brave warriors !

- Guy Dauncey


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