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One of the organizers of the Kamloops Energy Fair, and former BC Wildlife Park manager Rob Purdy, spoke to me about some big picture sustainability issues. Recorded at the 2010 Kamloops Energy Fair on June 19th 2010. Almost 7 minutes.
00:00 - big picture of sustainability
00:22 - problems with oil based economy
01:03 - contribution of the Kamloops Energy Fair
02:06 - momentum towards transitioning to a cleaner energy society - key number is 13%.
03:55 - women another potential driver to greener world
- green economy huge potential.
I've been impressed with the work of the BC Grasslands Conservation Council (GCC). The GCC is based in Kamloops and, over the past years, they have worked cooperatively with governments and citizens to preserve what I now know to be quite a valuable resource.
At the 2010 Kamloops Energy Fair, as part of my podcast booth, I had the great opportunity to speak with Tasha Sargent, stewardship planner with the GCC, to find out more about the work of the GCC and its value to the province. The audio runs about 11 minutes and, I think, provides a good primer on the importance of the GCC.
00:08 - what is the Grasslands Conservation Council and why grasslands are important
01:50 - working closely with ranching industry, created monitoring manual for ranchers
02:10 - how the GCC is funded, offer opportunity for membership
03:16 - working with different levels of government (eg. City of Kamloops)
04:13 - why should we care if species ( eg.that depend on grasslands) die out?
06:14 - current grasslands conservation philosophy
07:30 - how can people help conserve grasslands when using them for recreational purposes
10:14 - pocket book for motorized users
At the 2010 Kamloops Energy Fair on June 19th, I happily interviewed many people who work in the sustainability field. It was, for example, a real pleasure to talk with Wendy McLean. Wendy not only has a business in Kamloops (Split Rock Sustainable Technologies) helping people build sustainablity into their homes, she also serves as President of the Kamloops BC Sustainable Energy Association (BCSEA) chapter. This chapter concieved of and organizes the Energy Fair, the first and so far only Energy Fair in BC.
A couple of signposts from this interview. The majority of our conversation is about sustainable technologies and conservation strategies for homeowners. At about 5 minutes in, we talk in detail about the type of work in which the BCSEA gets involved (a lot of good work with government, as one example). At about 8 minutes in, Wendy shares information about the price of solar panel coming down (an formerly $800 panel now pricing at about $500):