Official Community Plan (OCP) and Climate Emergency Team
Low carbon/ low growth alternative scenario front page news!
Transition Sooke’s Official Community Plan (OCP) and Climate Action Team continues to raise awareness around the need for Sooke to embrace a low carbon/low growth approach. Our news release, issued in early April, made the front page of the Sooke News Mirror! Story here. Our news story was also picked up by Victoria CBC-Radio, the Sooke Pocket News, and the online newspapers Discourse and Capital Daily.
To dig deeper into Scenario D, our alternative growth scenario, follow this link.
Is Low Carbon Resilience (LCR) really putting Climate First?
We advised you previously about our concept of making Climate First a part of everything the District of Sooke does. Our ideas were submitted to the District, but Council has chosen a different approach called Low Carbon Resilience (LCR).
We have been raising concerns about LCR and whether it is truly putting Climate First, rather than just adding a checklist to business-as-usual, which is “Economy First.” Watch our website for more information on this as discussions progress.
Upcoming Town Halls focused on growth
In the near future, we are planning two Town Halls to explore growth in Sooke and its effect on the community. The first will open with a short video featuring our “OCP Video Stars” answering four questions that explore their feelings about Sooke now and in the future. The Video Stars feature a broad range of people of different ages from Sooke. The video will be followed by a facilitated conversation with participants.
The second Town Hall will examine growth in more depth and the implications for Sooke in meeting its climate change goals, including its 2030 greenhouse gas target. The format will begin with a panel discussion of speakers followed by questions, answers and discussion.
Watch this newsletter for updates on these two town hall meetings.
Green, Zero-Carbon buildings
The materials that go into buildings have already contributed greenhouse gases produced during their manufacture, transportation and disposal. There is very little information available on so-called “embodied” carbon. We are looking into green, low or zero-carbon options that can be used for buildings. If you have any ideas or knowledge, please pass them on to Chris or Lynn.
Climate Action Committee Takes Action
The District of Sooke Climate Action Committee, which includes four Transition Sooke members, appeared in front of the Committee of the Whole (COW) this month and recommended that Sooke set a greenhouse gas emissions reduction target of 7% a year, or a drop of 50% by 2030. After some to-ing and fro-ing, COW agreed to pass the recommendation. Subsequently, Council passed the motion as well. Council asked for tangible actions they can take to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. For more information contact us.