Let’s Make Every Business a Social Purpose Business

 

Social-PurposeBy Guy Dauncey, March 2018

If we are to live in a fair, just, ecologically sustainable world, many things in our economy will need to change, from the way banks create money to the way environmental losses and gains are accounted for and measured.

Let’s start with the businesses that grow the food, manufacture the products and provide the services we all depend on and enjoy.

It’s almost impossible to imagine a successful economy without its businesses. The Soviet Union tried, and Cuba is still trying, but neither has had much success. It’s hard to have success when the spirit of enterprise is not allowed to flourish. Continue reading Let’s Make Every Business a Social Purpose Business

The Birth of a New Cooperative Economy

They say we are self-interested, we’re always out to win.
Always individualistic, though it used to be a sin.
They say we need free markets, the better to compete,
and the economy will flourish if we only think of greed.

This is Economics 101, the way it’s taught today. Not a word about nature, community, caring, sharing, or cooperation.

During the mid 19th century, advances in science, democracy, education, literacy, public healthcare, labour unions, technological breakthroughs, banking, and the power of fossil fuels to generate rapid economic growth certainly made it seem that after ten thousand years of economic stagnation the competitive pursuit of profit was improving life for all. In the 1760s it took eighteen hours of human labour to transform a pound of cotton into cloth. By the 1860s it took one and a half hours. Today, it probably takes five seconds.

Continue reading The Birth of a New Cooperative Economy

Let Us Create An EcoRenaissance

by Guy Dauncey, February 2nd, 2018

If you want to see what this EcoRenaissance looks like on the ground, click HERE.

Until a thing has a name, it doesn’t really exist

I can feel this future. I have written a novel about it. I love its colour and vibrancy, its harmony with Nature. But what is its name?

One of the realities of the spoken language is that until a thing has a name, it doesn’t really exist. When we want to create something, we name it.

The feeling that comes to mind is one of Renaissance – the birth of a new vision, the promise of a new future. The Renaissance that was seeded in the 13th century and blossomed into glory in the 15th and sixteenth centuries filled people’s hearts, souls and minds with art, imagination and ideas. It took inspiration from the rediscovered science, art and philosophy of ancient Greece and Rome. It made souls take flight, washing away the dull dogmatism and cruel muddy feudalism of a world where nothing much changed except by disease, disorder and death.

Continue reading Let Us Create An EcoRenaissance

To Dam, or Not to Dam? An Ode to the Peace River

Peace

To dam, or not to dam: that is the question,

whether tis nobler to suffer

the loss of farmland and First Nations rights by powerful flooding,

or, by solar, wind and conservation, geothermal too,

to craft another path to the energy we’ll need

and save the land for growing food and flowing water,

under the peaceful sky.

 – Guy Dauncey, January 2018

Mammoths on East Hastings Street: A Vision from the Future

Mammoths Sculpture

Mammoths on Hastings Street, by Hae Jin An, Emily Carr School of Art

This is an extract from Chapter 12 ‘The Heart of Poverty’ in Guy Dauncey’s ecotopian novel Journey to the Future: A Better World is Possible, set in Vancouver in June 2032.

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‘The Land that Ugly Forgot’

Back on the trail, I passed a sign that told me that Fourth Avenue was closed to cars every Sunday, and open only to cyclists, rollerbladers, runners and strollers.[1] I rode north over the Cambie Street Bridge, crossing the waters of Vancouver’s False Creek. To see the banners of colored silk fluttering from the streetlights and the central median ablaze with rhododendrons and flowers set my soul ablaze. A banner at the end of the bridge proclaimed ‘The Land that Ugly Forgot’ and welcomed me to the downtown.

I cycled to Wei-Ping’s office on Water Street in Gastown and found a space to park Carl’s bike in a bike-rack designed like a red dragon. I had a while before my meeting, so I walked to the Waterfront station and turned up Seymour, enjoying the wide sidewalks, ample bike-lanes and colorful food carts. Several buildings were covered with ferns and flowering plants tumbled down their walls, as if a rainforest had taken up residence in the city. [2] At a crosswalk, instead of saying WALK it said DANCE, and there was music that made it impossible not to—not just me but others too, laughing and smiling at each other. [3]

Continue reading Mammoths on East Hastings Street: A Vision from the Future

Canada’s Housing Crisis: A Permanent, 100-Year Solution

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Guy Dauncey is the author of Journey to the Future: A Better World is Possible and nine other books. He is an Honorary Member of the Planning Institute of BC and a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts.

June 2017. This is an updated and expanded version of Canada’s Housing Crisis: 22 Solutions, originally published on The Practical Utopian in December 2016.

A PDF Version of this essay can be downloaded here: Canada’s Housing Crisis – Guy Dauncey.

Executive Summary

Canada’s housing crisis is far more severe than most people realize. The fundamental problem is an excess of money pouring into the housing market from various sources, combined with an abdication of responsibility by all levels of government for the past 30 years.

There are many on-the-ground solutions, demonstrating positive ways to build affordable housing. And there are seven new housing-related taxes that could raise the funds needed for a massive expansion of affordable housing.

The fundamental cause of the problem is the excess of funds flowing into the market, and until this is solved house prices will continue to rise, and most other solutions will seem like never-ending sandbagging.

The money supply problem can be solved. The money can be obtained to restore safe, sustainable, socially designed affordable housing as a fundamental human right.

And by establishing an Affordable Housing Social Justice Connector, a permanent, hundred-year solution can be put in place that will guarantee that Canada need never confront a housing crisis again. Continue reading Canada’s Housing Crisis: A Permanent, 100-Year Solution

What Shall We Call The New Economy We Need So Much?

Seventy-Four Names

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This is an expanded Appendix 1 to my essay A New Cooperative Economy.

Until something has a name, it hardly exists. So what shall we call the new economy that we need so much? These are all proposed names that I have harvested from my reading. If you know of another, let me know, and I will add it. Updated to 74 names on November 21st 2017.

So which do you prefer? I apologize that this website is not sophisticated enough to allow for scoring. Click MORE to see the list… Continue reading What Shall We Call The New Economy We Need So Much?

Book Review: The Clean Money Revolution – Reinventing Power, Purpose and Capitalism

by Joel Solomon with Tyee Bridge

New Society Publishers, April 2017.  Review by Guy Dauncey.

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This is a great book. It’s personal, committed, passionate, informative, and full of great stories. For an addicted change-the-worlder, what more can you ask?

And the stories, from Joel’s personal life and those of his colleagues, are about one of the most important challenges we need to embrace on our planet – changing the way we invest our money.

Continue reading Book Review: The Clean Money Revolution – Reinventing Power, Purpose and Capitalism

The World’s Central Banks to the Rescue

by Guy Dauncey, inspired by Matthias Kroll

PDF download available here: The Boldest Climate Solution

A globally agreed carbon cap? Carbon rationing? Holland’s proposed ban on the sale of non-electric cars by 2025? Oslo’s goal to reduce the city’s total greenhouse gas emissions by 95% by 2030?

No, none of the above.

So what is it? In a nutshell, it’s the proposal that the world’s central banks create $300 billion a year, and use it to leverage investments of up to $2 trillion a year in the urgently needed transition to renewable energy, and other climate solutions.

Continue reading The World’s Central Banks to the Rescue

A New Cooperative Economy

Guy Dauncey, April 2017

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This essay was submitted to The Next Systems Project Essay Contest, in which is was awarded second place. “We received hundreds of submissions from 30 different states and 26 countries, proving that many around the world not only believe system change is necessary, but have thought long and hard about what a new system should look like and how we might get there.” http://thenextsystem.org/announcing-the-winners-in-our-essay-competition/ 

http://thenextsystem.org/…/2017/04/Dauncey_AtLargeSecond.pdf

You can download the essay as a PDF here. A New Cooperative Economy

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Our task is to fashion a political vision and a political narrative that is a compelling answer to neo-liberalism and the ideology of competition, free markets, and the primacy of capital. We need a political economy of cooperation, solidarity, of mutual benefit. –  John Restakis, Civil Power and the Partner State, 2016

Our modern economy is in crisis. Can we build an alternative economy as our ancestors did in the transition from feudalism to capitalism? It’s a question that takes us deep into our values, culture, history, politics—and visions of the future.

Continue reading A New Cooperative Economy

The Blob: Can We Change its Heart, Before it Destroys Us All?

Sometimes it seems as if those who care about Nature stand on guard around the edge of a huge circular Blob known as ‘The Economy’, which keeps growing and encroaching onto Nature. We organize to prevent its advance against creeks, rivers, forests and wetlands. We try to stop it from shooting out new pipelines, digging new coalmines, pouring more carbon into the atmosphere and introducing new chemicals into our food.

Sometimes we are successful and The Blob backs off, which happened with the proposed Raven coalmine near Courtenay. But just as often we are not, as the ecological wreckage of the private forest lands on the Island shows, and when The Blob assaults Nature in a distant country such as Indonesia, destroying native hardwood forests, home for millions of years to families of orangutans and other creatures, replacing them with palm oil trees for the global biofuel market.

Continue reading The Blob: Can We Change its Heart, Before it Destroys Us All?

A New Economy for Small Communities

by Guy Dauncey

When the future teenager walks down the future Main Street in future Smalltown BC, be it Williams Lake, Smithers, Houston, Creston or Kimberley, which of these thoughts might she or he be thinking?

“I can’t wait to get out of this place—it’s so, like, basic.”

or

“This place is so cool. I wish there was work, so that I could stay.”

or

“This place is so über-cool. My friends in the city are so jealous that I get to live, work and play here.”

British Columbia has many communities that built their economies around traditional resources that are now either collapsing or going into decline. Unless there’s a strong impulse for community economic renewal, there’s a risk that working people will leave and young people will follow, never to return.

Continue reading A New Economy for Small Communities

Let’s Get Going – Climate Action Together

 

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F is for Future, a world without fossil fuels,

new solar symphony changing the gyre,

clean up our garbage, restore Nature’s harmony,

offer our children the hopes they desire.

To download the PDF version of this paper, click Climate Action Together

So how do we do it?[1]

How do we tackle the climate crisis with the speed and resolution that the climate scientists say is so urgently needed?

How do we make a rapid transition to a 100% renewable energy economy in a positive, nation-building manner, without causing economic mayhem, unemployment and chaos?

It’s complicated. There’s no doubt about it. Our economy is completely enmeshed in fossil fuels. We use fossil fuels to travel, to heat our homes and buildings, to generate electricity, to power our industry, to make plastics and to pave the roads. If fossil fuels were to magically stop working due to a zombie-ray from outer space or an unexpected change in the laws of physics, our economy would grind to an immediate halt. Continue reading Let’s Get Going – Climate Action Together

When Santa Lost His Reindeer

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It was a week before Christmas, and Santa was busy polishing his boots in the big Winter House, up at the North Pole. It was a pleasant evening, and he was feeling good about life.

“My, don’t these boots look good!” he said to himself as he sat in front of the big log fire, admiring his reflection in the polish. “That should make a show when I’m ready to do my rounds!”

Most of the presents were neatly stacked in the Store House ready for delivery, and the reindeer were asleep in the barn, resting up before the big journey.

All except one, that is – Binky.

Continue reading When Santa Lost His Reindeer

A Modern Alphabet

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 Thanks to Terry Sohl for the photo image, and to William Morris for the letters.

Opportunities to perform this are welcome. I hope to get it on YouTube soon. 

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A is for Albatross

A is for Albatross,

far-winging freely across oceans of wonder,

mating for life till they die,

but their chicks have a diet of grim plastic plunder,

filling their bellies with lies.

Continue reading A Modern Alphabet

A Bold New Climate Vision: If I was Prime Minister of Canada, How Would I Tackle The Climate Crisis?

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By Guy Dauncey

New Scientist magazine reported in June that five meters of future sea-level rise is already locked in, due to the steady collapse of the West Antarctic Ice-Sheet. If we don’t act rapidly, their staff reported, it will be twenty metres.

The full extent of the flooding will not happen for several thousand years, but “locked-in” is the phrase they used.[1] Venice, New York, Miami, San Francisco, Vancouver, London, Mumbai, Kolkata; large parts of Holland; a large part of Bangladesh and many cities in China—all will be under water.[2]

Continue reading A Bold New Climate Vision: If I was Prime Minister of Canada, How Would I Tackle The Climate Crisis?

Almost Twice as Many Green Jobs if Canada Phases out Fossil Fuels

Almost

by Guy Dauncey

The 48-Page Report is here.

Is It Really True?

Is it really true that if we don’t build more pipelines and allow more exports of coal, oil and gas, that Canada’s economy will be in danger and unemployment will rise?

That’s certainly what we are frequently told, both by the Conservative federal government and by several provincial governments, either directly or by implied assumption.

There is alternative, however. The climate crisis is inescapably real. It threatens everyone’s future, and it is being caused by carbon emissions from the same fossil fuels that our governments want to expand.

So what would it look like if there were an organized plan to phase out fossil fuels and embrace 100% renewable energy in Canada? That’s certainly what the climate crisis calls for. Continue reading Almost Twice as Many Green Jobs if Canada Phases out Fossil Fuels

The Green Diary April 2018

Green-Diary

A Host of Amazing Events to Build a Better World

Patiently Organized by Amazing People

www.earthfuture.com/greendiary

250-924-1445 guydauncey@earthfuture.com

WEEK ONE

Thur 5-Sun 22, 7pm Trees of Victoria I: Conifers. While Vancouver Island has only 34 native species of trees, in the city we can encounter over 500 species. In this series, you will learn the basics of tree identification and where to find featured species in Victoria and the surrounding area. Register on-line or call 250-472-4747 so we can guarantee you a space. https://continuingstudies.uvic.ca/science-and-ecological-restoration/courses/trees-of-victoria-i-conifers

Thur 5, 7pm An Evening with Bruce Whittington, in Yellow Point. Bruce is an acclaimed naturalist, birder, author and wildlife photographer. He will be sharing insights into our local birds, and inviting us to engage as citizen-scientists, watching and noting the many birds who are our fellow-residents. Yellow Point Ecological Society. 13561 Barney Road, off Yellow Point Road. RSVP appreciated, to plan for refreshments. yellowpoint2020@gmail.com. www.yellowpointecologicalsociety,ca

Fri 6, 7pm & Sat 7, 10am-4pm Poetry for the Earth with Denis Donnelly. Bring lunch, refreshments served. Friends Meeting House,1831 Fern St, Victoria. 250-220-4601 programs@earthliteracies.org www.earthliteracies.org

Sat 7, 9-11am Junior NatureSketch for children aged 5-12 yrs. Every Saturday to June 23rd. Melissa Bracken will facilitate the program along with a naturalist expert to guide you on your art journey. In Duncan. For information or to register, see http://naturesketch.org or email info@naturesketch.org

Sat 7, 9:30am-12:30pm Repair Café Victoria. What do you do with a hole sweater, a broken toaster, or a busted teddy bear? Don’t toss it! Bring it in to Repair Café Victoria where volunteer repair experts will be on hand to teach you how to fix your broken household items. By donation. Central Branch of the Greater Victoria Public Library, 735 Broughton Street. www.facebook.com/repaircafevictoria

Sat 7, 10-12pm Composting Basics. Learn all the basics of composting and discover which system is right for you! Victoria Compost Education Centre, 1216 N Park St, Victoria. www.compost.bc.ca/event/free-workshop-composting-basics/

Sat 7, 1-3pm Indigenous Plant Walk. Join Ashley Cooper in exploring the native plants that dwell here at the Compost Education Centre and learn about their traditional uses. Victoria Compost Education Centre, 1216 N Park St, Victoria. www.compost.bc.ca/event/indigenous-plant-walk

Sun 8, 11am Sunday Yellow Point Hike. Join members of the Yellow Point Ecological Society for a hike along the Morden Colliery Trail from Cedar to Hemer Park. Dogs on leash okay. Meet at the wooden sculpture in Cedar village.

WEEK TWO

Mon 9, 12-1pm I’m Right and You’re an Idiot – The Toxic State of Public Discourse & How to Clean It Up. We pollute the public square with our warlike approach to public conversations. Passionate public argument is healthy, but unyielding one-sidedness undermines the pluralistic, reasoned debate at the core of healthy democracy. Best-selling author and communication expert James Hoggan interviewed thought leaders around the world to learn how to transform this social pathology and engage in higher-quality public conversations. Council Chambers, Victoria City Hall.

Tue 10, 10-12pm Salt Spring Bioblitz at the Raymond M. Goodall Nature Preserve to remove invasive gorse plants. During lunch we will be treated to a talk by acclaimed naturalist, writer, educator Briony Penn. Volunteers will also learn how to use the iNaturalist app so we will conduct a mini bioblitz on the conservation area. https://events.natureconservancy.ca/al-event/good-ol-gorse-removal-at-goodall/

Tue 10, 5-7pm Green Drinks at The Drake Eatery, 517 Pandora. Great conversation, great company! www.conversationworks.ca/green-drinks-victoria/newsletter/

Wed 11, 8-9:30am Resilient Region Exchange, Greater Victoria Breakfast Series. Local Climate Leadership, co-hosted by the City of Victoria. In 2016, the City set a long-term Green House Gas Reduction target of 80% by 2050 and a corresponding 100% renewable energy target. City of Victoria, City Hall Ante Chamber, 1 Centennial Square

Wed 11 6:30-9:30pm Movie: The Evolution of Organic. Farm and Film Gala presented by Awareness Film Night and Sooke Region Food CHI. Vendors of all things farming including seeds, starts and produce, local non-profits, tea and goodies prepared by Culinary Arts students, gift baskets. This 2017 film traces the organic movement from its counter-culture roots in the 60s through the growth of the organic food industry to future innovations such as no-till and urban farming.  Edward Milne Community School theatre and foyer, 6218 Sooke Rd. in Sooke. By donation (but bring some cash for vendor purchases).  www.awarenessfilmnight.ca

Wed 11-Thur 12 Nanaimo Water Symposium: Water Stewardship in a Changing Environment – Collaboration Success Stories. Coast Bastion Hotel, 11 Bastion St, Nanaimo, $55. https://www.civicinfo.bc.ca/local_content/event_docs/6006/2018%20Nanaimo%20Symposium_program%20package_updated%20March%205.pdf

Wed 11, 6-10pm For the Love of Soil! Annual Spring Fundraiser & Silent Auction @ the Fernwood Inn. Tickets $25 include a pint of Hoyne beer and an appetizer buffet. www.compost.bc.ca/event/for-the-love-of-soil-annual-spring-fundraiser-silent-auction-the-fernwood-inn

Wed 11-Sat14, 7:30pm (+ Sat 2pm) With Glowing Hearts: How Ordinary Women Worked Together to Change the World (And Did). Written by Jennifer Wynne Webber. The true story of a group of Canadian hard rock miners’ wives who came together in 1941 to stand up for better conditions for their families and who ended up changing the world – and themselves. Set in the harsh winter of 1941-42 and the unfolding present, the play follows the “Kirkland Lake gals of 1941” as they relive and discover anew what sparked and then galvanized their social action as stalwart members of Mine, Mill, and Smelter Workers’ Union – Ladies Auxiliary. VIU Malaspina Theatre. Tickets $29 | $15 students www.theatreone.org/index.php/2017-18-seabson/mainstage/with-glowing-hearts-how-ordinary-women-worked-together-to-change-the-world-and-did/

Thur 12, 6:15pm -7:15pm Eating for your skin’s health with nutritionist/chef Ellie Short. Ellie will be discussing inflammation, detoxification, and proper digestion as they relate to skin health, and will be able to answer any of your own personal questions about health, wellness, diet, and nutrition. Hosted at Miiko Skin Co. Tickets: $15, to register: www.eventbrite.ca/e/eating-for-your-skins-health-with-nutritionistchef-ellie-short-tickets-44242856575

Thur 12, 5-7pm Our Region’s Ecological Footprint: What it is, how to reduce it, with Jennie Moore and Cora Hallsworth. Community Room, Central Branch, Greater Victoria Public Library, 735 Broughton St, Victoria. www.facebook.com/events/735382146665995

Thur 12, 7pm Seaweeds: The Next Superfood. Learn how to identify our many local species of seaweeds, the health benefits of eating seaweed, fun recipes for cooking with seaweeds, and how seaweeds provide healthy marine nutrients to land-based animals from bugs to bears. Register on-line or call 250-472-4747 to guarantee a space. https://continuingstudies.uvic.ca/science-and-ecological-restoration/courses/seaweeds-the-next-superfood

Fri 13, 7pm – Sat 14, 9:30 – 3:30 Toward a Functional Spirituality for a Climate Changing World, with Mike Bell. Residential $185, Commuter $115 Bethlehem Centre, 2371 Arbot Rd, Nanaimo. 250-220-4601 programs@earthliteracies.org www.earthliteracies.org 

Sat 14, 9am-1pm Wildwood Edible Plants Workshop with Jay Rastogi. Walk about the old growth forest, gathering leaves and flowers which participants will enjoy in a salad and an herbal forest tea. Registration required. $50. Register at www.ecoforestry.ca  education@ecoforestry.ca

Sat. 14, 9am-5pm Sooke Region Communities Clean-Up. Teams (one person or more) wanted in neighbourhoods from East Sooke to Port Renfrew. No charge, prizes available. Part of the Sooke Region Earth Day Celebrations. Register at wendyoconnor@me.com or (250) 361-6965. https://transitionsooke.org/2018/03/15/sooke-region-litter-blitz-on-april-14.

Sat 14, 9-5pm 2018 Gaia Education Training of Trainers and Sustainable Development Goals. At OUR Ecovillage. Shawnigan Lake. www.facebook.com/events/2082727851945770/

Sat 14, 10-12pm. Green the Stream. We’re giving the Millstone River in Bowen Park, Nanaimo, a spring clean! Meet at the amphitheatre near the duck pond in Bowen Park to form groups and collect supplies. If you have garbage picking tongs we encourage you to bring them. Coffee, tea, hot chocolate and cookies w provided. www.facebook.com/events/227955507769259 This is an official Shoreline CleanUp event – https://shorelinecleanup.ca/cleanups/43p8z

Sat 14, 10-12pm Advanced Composting. Advanced Composting aims to broaden the scope of participants’ knowledge of composting methods. Topics covered will include dynamic accumulators and hot composting, compost tea, in-situ composting methods and humanure. Victoria Compost Education Centre, 1216 N Park St, Victoria. www.compost.bc.ca/event/free-workshop-advanced-composting

Sat 14, 1-4pm Goldstream Park Forest Exploration, with Jens Wieting, Forest and Climate Campaigner with Sierra Club BC. Enjoy an hour long forest walk, learn about the state of Vancouver Island’s disappearing old-growth rainforest and join the conversation about steps needed to ensure Vancouver Island can remain a rainforest Island. Free. Meet at the Art Gallery before 1pm to board bus. Art Gallery of Greater Victoria. Registration mandatory, please email name and phone number to visitorservices@aggv.ca. More info: https://facebook.com/events/438499403254441

Sat 14, 1-3pm Natural Landscaping in the Victoria Area. Participants will gain a better understanding of how gardening with native plants can help maintain local biodiversity, including the wildlife that depends on our native flora. This workshop will also give an overview of the great potential Victoria has in turning lawned areas to wildflower meadows. Victoria Compost Education Centre, 1216 N Park St, Victoria. www.compost.bc.ca/event/natural-landscaping-in-the-victoria-area

Sun 15. Deadline for the Planet Earth Party Poetry Competition moderated by Otter Point poet Wendy Morton. 10 lines (max) on prearranged themes. Entrants welcome in under-and-over 16 years-old categories. Part of the Sooke Region Earth Day Celebrations. https://transitionsooke.org/2018/03/26/call-out-for-earth-day-poetry-competition.

Sun 15, 1pm-3pm Guided Tour of Wildwood with zoologist Bruce Hepburn. Enjoy the beauty of this old growth forest on Quennell Lake. Learn first hand how Merv Wilkinson harvested timber from this forest while maintaining a vibrant healthy ecosystem. By donation (suggested $10). www.ecoforestry.ca  education@ecoforestry.ca

Sun 15, 9:45am – 2pm Atkins Road Restoration with The Land Conservancy, the Greater Victoria Green Team and the CRD. We will use the sheet mulching technique to combat invasive St. John’s Wort. Tools, gloves and snacks provided. Please bring your water bottle and wear clothes that can get dirty! To register, visit http://conservancy.bc.ca/2018/03/passport-to-atkins-road-atkins-road-restoration-with-crd-gvgt/ or call 250-479-8053.

Sun 15, 10am-11:30am DIY Skincare and Essential Oil Roll-On. At this workshop you will discover the wide-range of benefits that essential oils and premium oils have to offer for the skin, and formulate your own blends suited for your skin type. You will go home with a custom toner, face oil, and essential oil roll-on perfume. Hosted at Miiko Skin Co. Tickets: $85 OR bring a friend 2x tickets: $150 (email Kimiko@miikoskinco.com).

WEEK THREE

Tue 17, 10am-12pm Powers of the Universe, Part 2, with Gertie Jocksch. Start of 6-week series. $85 or $20 drop in. Friends Meeting House,1831 Fern St, Victoria. 250-220-4601 programs@earthliteracies.org www.earthliteracies.org

Tue 17, 7:30pm The Watershed Guardians of the Fraser River, a documentary by Jocelyn Demers, hosted and presented by Transition Salt Spring. Ain-depth view of the rich, interactive ecosystems of the Fraser river watershed and the people who champion their protection to support the most productive salmon river in the world, and Canada’s major stopover for millions of migrating birds of the Pacific flyway. www.mondefilms.com Salt Spring Public Library, 129 McPhillips, Salt Spring.

Thur 19, 9:30-2:30pm Earth Day Biodiversity Fair at the Gardens at the Horticultural Centre for the Pacific. Find out what amazing things are happening to inspire us to be good stewards of our planet. Demonstrations, activities and walks showcasing the importance of biodiversity to ensure natural sustainability. By donation. Suitable for schools and the public. http://hcp.ca/event/earthday-biodiversity-fair/

Sat 21, 9-4pm Green Shores Level 1 Training. Learn about shoreline ecosystem principles and management practices, with emphasis on the Green Shores rating systems. Of interest to landowners, conservation organizations, local government staff, elected officials, real estate agents, and anyone interested in shoreline protection. Free, register early! call 250-472-4747 to guarantee a space. https://continuingstudies.uvic.ca/science-and-ecological-restoration/courses/green-shorestm-training-program-level-1-workshop

Sat 21, 10-12pm Soil: Really Important Tiny Lives. Soil is capable of supporting plant life and is vital to life on earth, yet we understand very little about its complexities. Dig deeper with this introductory soil science workshop where we’ll look at the soil ecosystem and the microbiology that helps us grow nutritious food! Victoria Compost Education Centre, 1216 N Park St, Victoria. https://www.compost.bc.ca/event/free-soil-really-important-tiny-lives/

Sat 21, 10-2pm Earth Day Presentation at Cowichan Valley Regional Library, 2687 James St., Duncan. Free, family-oriented event featuring Cowichan Valley environmental groups.

Sat 21, 11-3pm Earthday at John Barsby School, Nanaimo. Speaker, Work Parties, Poetry Jam. www.facebook.com/events/185265052224192/

Sat 21, 1-3pm Compost Centre AGM hosted in the Straw Bale, at 1216 North Park Street. Free Surprise Workshop, Door Prize, Secret Edible Delights. www.compost.bc.ca/event/compost-education-centre-annual-general-meeting-2

Sat 21, 3-5pm The Economics of Kindness: The Birth of a New Cooperative Economy, with Guy Dauncey. A focus group organized by Transition Sooke. Harbourside Cohousing, 6681 Horne Rd. in Sooke. Free admission. RSVP to sooketransition@gmail.com.

Sat 21, 7:30pm  Earth Vespers: Music for the Living Planet. Solaris Project evening concert celebrating the wonder of our living world, compassion for all who live here, and the interconnectedness of Life. With fiddles, folk ballads, swingin’ roots-rock, saxophones sing-alongs, a cappella anthems and reverential vespers, many genres blend in this musical, magical, meditative service for the living Earth. Free. James Bay United Church.  http://solarismusic.org/earth

Sun 22 Planet Earth Party: A Sooke Region Earth Day Celebration. Exhibition, Repair Cafe, food trucks, upcycled fashion show, speakers, Orca signmaking project and evening party at the Sooke Community Hall. Co-presented by Transition Sooke, Zero Waste Sooke, the Sooke Fall Fair and Creatively United for the Planet. www.facebook.com/events/150530375636908/

Sun 22, 9am-noon Resilient Food Systems: Fruit, Nut, and Berry Bushes. Eco-Sense, 3295 Compton Road, Highlands.  Eco-Sense.  $20 More info:  Registration:

Sun 22, 12-3pm Happy B’Earth Day Party for the Cowichan Estuary Nature Centre. This Earth Day, the Cowichan Estuary Nature Centre is turning SIX!  So we’re having a birthday party. FREE cake, nature activities for kids, and music from the Muddy Buddies! Cowichan Estuary Nature Centre, 1845 Cowichan Bay Road. www.cowichanestuary.ca  250 597 2288

Sun 22, 11am Free guided Abkhazi Garden tour of the exquisite heritage home and garden. Prince and Princess Abkhazi began creating their garden in 1946, after living separate lives touched by privilege and tragedy. Learn about their legacy that continues to this day. To register, visit http://conservancy.bc.ca/2018/02/passport-to-abkhazi-garden-abkhazi-garden-tour/

Sun 22, 11 am–1pm Celebrate Earth Day at the Ciderhouse. Hand-crafted, locally sourced brunch created by Toque Catering at the award-winning Sea Cider Farm, supporting local conservation efforts by the Nature Conservancy of Canada. www.natureconservancy.ca/en/where-we-work/british-columbia/events/farmed-foraged.html

Sun 22, 7pm Sounds of Springtime: Camerata Orchestra Fundraiser for Nature. Sylvan United Church, 985 Shawnigan Mill Bay Rd, Mill Bay. Celebrate Earth Day and support local nature education! Benefit for the Cowichan Estuary Nature Centre. $15 in advance or $20 at the door. Family friendly, kids under 12 free! Tickets can be purchased at the Nature Centre or online www.cowichanestuary.ca

WEEK FOUR

Thur 26, 5:30pm-8:30pm Skin Reboot Potluck. Let’s celebrate our final week of the Skin Reboot Challenge! Come for a little bit, or stay for the whole time… we want to bring our community together and enjoy a delicious meal together! FREE – bring a Reboot friendly dish to enjoy and share. Hosted at Miiko Skin Co.

Thur 26, 6-8:30pm Cittaslow Cowichan Bay. Come enjoy some of the best Cowichan Valley has to offer! From food and drink to local entertainment. Exclusive silent auction and raffle with all funds supporting sustainable initiatives in the Cowichan Valley. $65. Oceanfront Suites at Cowichan Bay, 1681 Cowichan Bay Road https://www.eventbrite.com/e/celebrate-cittaslow-cowichan-tickets-44083922198

Fri 27-Sun 29 Introduction to Permaculture, with Starhawk. At OUR EcoVillage, in Shawnigan Lake. $232. https://ourecovillage.org/2018-intro-to-permaculture-with-starhawk/

Fri 27-May 13th OUR Little Permies Camp at OUR Ecovillage. An educational immersion program for kids that runs alongside our Permaculture Design Certificate and Earth Activist Training and our Ecovillage Design Education Program. Join us for days of fun filled activities or stay overnight at OUR village and discover the possibilities of what living and learning in community can offer children, and how they can use these principles to live in harmony with the world they will inherit. $55/day or $190/week. https://ourecovillage.org/little-permie-peoples-camp/

Fri 27 – May 13th 2018 Permaculture Design Certificate and Earth Activist Training, with Starhawk. At OUR Ecovillage. $1,230. https://ourecovillage.org/2018-permaculture-design-certificate-with-earth-activist-training-with-starhawk/

Fri 27 – June 2, 2018 Ecovillage Design Education Program. At OUR Ecovillage. $2,410. https://ourecovillage.org/the-ecovillage-design-education-programme/

Sat 28, 10-2pm Celebrate the Cowichan Garry Oak Preserve. Family-friendly nature festival. Enjoy a nature walk through the wildflower meadows. Witness the amazing restoration and research projects that have taken place on the preserve over the past 15 years. Listen to traditional stories from a Cowichan Elder; Discover the Bring Back the Bluebirds project. www.natureconservancy.ca/en/where-we-work/british-columbia/events/in-bloom-wildflower-festival.html

Sat 28, 10-2pm ALM Organic Farm annual plant and seeds sale.   250-642-3671 or email info@ALMfarms.org. Vegetable, herb and flower starts and seeds. 3680 Otter Point Road, Sooke.

Sat 28, 1-3pm Teapot Medicine – An exploration of scent, flavour and sensation. Together we will sample teas and learn about a range of plant characteristics and health benefits including relaxation, digestion, improve mineral intake and more. A few plants that you will be introduced to are holy basil, skullcap, nettle, elderflower, mint and more. Victoria Compost Education Centre, 1216 N Park St, Victoria. www.compost.bc.ca/event/teapot-medicine 

Sun 29, 9:30am Highlands Broom Bash with the Highlands District Community Association and The Land Conservancy. Meet at the Pike House (699 Caleb Pike Road) and bring loppers, gloves, water and a lunch if staying awhile. Or cut on your own property and leave roadside piles for pickup on the 29th; please call Paul at 250-478-7885 to request pickup.

All Month

CRD Parks hikes, explorations and events for all ages: www.crd.bc.ca/about/events

Change the World on Shaw TV, with Guy Dauncey. Interviews with local people who have big bold ideas and positive solutions for the future. Shaw TV Channel 4. www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLRSwDpSO92L1Li1FSwQpzy2leOk_8VdFo

More Local Events (including hikes): http://creativelyunited.org/events/

Meet-Ups:

Affinite Wealth Group: http://www.meetup.com/Affinite-Wealth-Victoria/

Victoria Cycling Adventures: http://www.meetup.com/Victoria-Cycling-Adventures/

Victoria Outdoor and Social Club: http://www.meetup.com/Victoria-outdoor-social-club/

Victoria Club Tread: http://www.meetup.com/Victoria-Club-Tread/

Victoria Nature Explorations: http://www.meetup.com/Nature-Victoria-Explorations/

Victoria Nature Walks: http://www.meetup.com/Victoria-Nature-Walks/

Victoria Outdoor Club: http://www.meetup.com/Victoria-Outdoor-Club/

Victoria Sea Kayakers: http://www.meetup.com/Victoria-Sea-Kayakers/

Vegan Victoria: http://www.meetup.com/Vegan-Victoria-Meetup/

West Shore Cycling: http://www.meetup.com/West-Shore-Cycling/

MEC Victoria Road-Ride Cycling: http://www.meetup.com/West-Shore-Cycling/

Greater Victoria Green Team: http://www.meetup.com/Greater-Victoria-Green-Team/

Net Squared Victoria: http://www.meetup.com/NetSquared-Victoria-a-nonprofit-technology-meetup/

Cowichan Valley Outdoor Club: http://www.meetup.com/Cowichan-Valley-Outdoor-Club/

Cowichan Valley Walking/Hiking Group: http://www.meetup.com/Cowichan-Valley-walking-hiking-group/

EVERY WEEK

Biweekly. OUR ECOVILLAGE Educational Tours.10-12:30pm with option to stay on for lunch in OUR Zero Mile Meal Eatery. Learn all legal and regulatory work for permaculture, natural building, and sustainable community design while delving into the back of systems and inside cob/strawbale/solar/alt systems. Scheduled volunteer days also avail. info@ourecovillage.org   250-743-3067  www.ourecovillage.org

Biweekly. Garry Oak Ecosystem Restoration at Fort Rodd Hill. Help us win the battle against invasive species and assist in our meadow project at Fort Rodd Hill National Historic Site. Scheduled volunteer days. frh.volunteer@pc.gc.ca  250-812-8133 http://www.pc.gc.ca/eng/lhn-nhs/bc/fortroddhill/activ/activ2.aspx

Every day, 10am – 5pm Clothing for Conservation Fundraiser with Habitat Acquisition Trust: visit Hemp & Company, 1312 Government St. $10 from every purchase of the featured Celebration Top goes to HAT. Makes a great gift!

Every day, 9am-4:30pm The forest is always ‘green’ here in Goldstream. With over 8 km of hiking trails you will be sure to find one of our unique trees, from Western Red Cedar, Black Cottonwood, Red Alder to Douglas Fir, Garry Oak and Arbutus. Stop in at the Goldstream Nature House for up to date trail information. 250-478-9414 or goldstream@naturehouse.ca

Every Day (except Monday) Victoria Public Market, Hudson’s Bay, Douglas St. Maryanne Carmack, marycarmack@victoriapublicmarket.com 250 884 8552 www.victoriapublicmarket.com

Every Mon, 10am -12pm Brodick/Bow Parks (Saanich) Invasive Species removal. Volunteers needed. Training, gloves, and tools provided. No dogs. Judy 250-472-0515

Every Monday, 4-6:30pm Cowichan Green Community Chow Down Family Cooking Classes. Free. Visit https://cgcf.ca/projects/chow-cooking-classes/ for more details. Registration is necessary by emailing or calling Jennifer: jennifer@cowichangreencommunity.org/ 250-748-8506

Every Tue, 9am Tuesday Morning Birding. Meet foot of Bowker Ave, waterfront off Beach Drive in Oak Bay. Bill Dancer 250-721-5273. Novice and experienced birders all welcome.

Every Wed, 11-6pm Haliburton Food Box Program. Receive a luscious weekly box of certified organic seasonal produce from the farmers who grow the food. 741 Haliburton Rd (off the Pat Bay Highway), Victoria www.haliburtonfarm.org

Every Wed and Sun, 9am Bird Walks with naturalists, Swan Lake Nature Sanctuary, 3873 Swan Lake Rd. Margaret Lidkea 479-0211

Every Wed.  7-8:30pm  Oneness Wednesdays Meditation Circle at Church of Truth, 111 Superior Street;  Everyone welcome to drop in.   By Donation   http://cotvictoria.ca/oneness/

Every Wed, 7pm Cultivating a Lifestyle of Harmony & Balance in Rhythm with Nature with Renee Lindstrom at Oneness Wednesday at the Church of Truth, 111 Superior Street (James Bay).  Free or by donation  http://cotvictoria.ca/oneness/  

Every Thur and Sat. Volunteer events at Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary. Charlotte Houston restoration@swanlake.bc.ca.

Every Sat, 10-12 Moss Street Winter Market for homegrown produce, homemade food, baking and handicrafts, music, kids activities. Garry Oak Room, off Thurlow St, Fairfield. www.MossStreetMarket.com

Every Sat, 8am Morning Birding. See http://www.vicnhs.bc.ca/calendar.html for each week’s location. VNHS. Novice and experienced birders all welcome.

Every Sat, 9-12pm Beacon Hill Park Ivy Pull. Volunteers welcome. Cornelia 250-920-3556

Every Sat, 10am-2pm 3295 Compton Road.  Eco-Sense Perennial Edible Plant Nursery. Plant list. Come on out and walk the homestead.   ann@eco-sense.ca

Every Sun, 1-3pm No Ivy League. Join the Friends of Uplands Park to remove English ivy, and help restore the endangered Garry Oak Ecosystem, and protect 24 rare plants. Tools, gloves and the Best Practices instruction provided. Meet at Cattle Point, near the kiosks.