ISSUES ARISING FROM DISCUSSION  ABOUT LOCAL ISSUES at GREEN NEW DEAL TOWN HALL

 

-How do we include people in the dialogue?

• support local sustainable agriculture

• create a vertically integrated food system: Growers- processors- storers and eaters

• Make Pender food independent

 

-connect Pender Is. food systems – Food Co-op, growers, Friday soup kitchen, grocery stores, Food Bank, restaurants:  a long table dinner to bring people together to problem solve.

 

-  connect food production, consumption, waste, transport as a way to broaden discussion

 

- seek federal funding to purchase community farm

 

-we need action to help these things happen and Climate Action is the big issue.

 

- How to bridge from “yes, I recycle” to go deeper, build a network. 

 

-What can we do as an Island to model? We are on the front line for Orcas (SRKW), and food security

 

-GND is about change: What can the Island Trust advocate for? Mandate changes (water catchment).

 

-our national and international governments are incapable of changing fast enough. 

 

-Grass roots/ local on up....... with joy!

-Targets for the next year: food production, water conservation, public transport, lower “footprint”.

 

-Emotional support through the long transition, do-able tasks.

 

-Community  work bees for harvesting (hop picking, haying).

 

-Food, land, housing needs are big issues on Pender, how to create the  Just Society on our island

 

- some funding available from GI food co-op

 

-The Diocese is considering housing on church land.

 

-We need infrastructure for organizing these actions. The CRC can help realize community ideas.

 

-the Green New Deal is about Climate Action: How do we communicate back to the organizations

 

-SaltSpring Transition model: a forum about everything happening regarding transition and climate.

 

- need a community response to the federal cabinet decision on the pipeline on June 18th.

 

-A regular “table” at Friday soup lunch, Saturday market, Fall Fair. Utilize the Red line, green line format, Invite folks to list Red and Green items on sticky notes.