Renewable Kootenays

The UN Climate Accord signed in Paris in 2015 was a monumental step forward in the race against the climate crisis. Since then, however, US political leaders have stepped away from their commitments,  and Canada’s leadership has been lacking in critical areas.

It is now more clear than ever that progress on climate issues depends as much on regions, localities, and communities as on nations and international treaties.

The scientific community has come to near consensus that in order to avert the worst impacts of climate change, we must have a 100% renewable economy by 2050. The Renewable Kootenays project aims to show the world that our region can succeed in eliminating fossil fuels from our energy diet. Already, through the work of the West Kootenay EcoSociety and other partners, thousands of local residents have signed the petition in support of the project. In November, 2017, the Village of Slocan became the sixth municipality in the world to pledge to achieve 100% renewable energy by 2050.  The City of Nelson and the Regional District of Central Kootenay have since officially adopted the goal of 100% renewable energy by 2050.

Sustainable Kootenays is working with West Kootenay EcoSociety to research options for our region in order to create a pragmatic, actionable plan to achieve our goal, and to educate community members and decision makers about the potential for renewable energy in our region,

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