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Unless humans win the lottery again by discovering another abundant, cheap and safe net energy source, the next 200 years will see our lifestyles slowly go back to being much the same as they were before the discovery of fossil fuels.
As the politicking about Whistler's carbon neutrality heats up, envision your great-grandchildren skiing or riding down the mountain (if there is still snow). How did they get to the top? It's likely in the same way your great-grand parents did - by walking.
Winds of change: the next five years
November 2009 is the five year anniversary of "Winds of Change: A Healing Vision." The Winds of Change is a strategy of the Village of Pemberton and Lil'wat Nation to work on building a healthier future together. Broadly speaking, the strategy takes a harm reduction approach to the objective of increasing our collective safety and wellness.
In April 2009 both councils re-committed to the Winds of Change vision. At the same time they also agreed that a time to regroup was required to give the Winds of Change some new energy.
The opportunity to regroup is approaching soon as the Pemberton & Lil'wat Community to Community Forum on Oct. 13 will centre on the theme: "Winds of Change: 5 Year Anniversary and Renewal." This is a significant moment for the Winds of Change. How can we translate the political will into a sustained movement for positive change?
Here are a few ideas:
• Re-evaluate the 13 recommendations contained in the Winds of Change strategy. Determine if the recommendations are still relevant and feasible. Once these are set then it is imperative for the committee to stay focused on implementing the recommendations.
• Renew the community wellness indicators and base-line information used to develop the strategy. This information should be collected at least bi-annually. The information needs to be available to the councils, the public and be the basis for all harm reduction efforts.
• Place a stronger emphasis on communication to cultivate supporters and allies. Create greater awareness of the Winds of Change goals and projects. Sustain momentum by keeping Winds of Change "top of mind" in strategic partners that can collaborate on implementing the recommendations.
• Ask for more help to understand the issues. Committee members are not necessarily experts nor should they be. We need greater support and guidance from experts like the Vancouver Coastal Health Authority, B.C. Centre for Addictions, Ministry of Health, etc. Once issues are understood we need to be a more vocal advocate for services and programs that support solutions.