Win a Pedego Electric Bike!

Have you ever dreamed about whizzing to work while getting exercise on your zero emissions vehicle? Enter for a chance to make your dream come true in EcoSociety's raffle! The Grand Prize is a brand new Pedego 48V 10ah City Commuter,  Interceptor, or Boomerang Pluselectric bike, in your preferred frame size and colour, with the option of upgrading at the winner's cost. Tickets are 1 for $5 or 4…

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Over 100 residents at Castlegar all candidates’ forum on climate, social justice and healthy communties

By Natasha Edmunds On Wednesday evening, I had the pleasure of organizing and attending the all candidates’ forum in Castlegar. The Community Complex was packed with families and neighbours buzzing with excitement. The EcoSociety, in partnership with Citizens Climate Lobby, Kootenay Family place and St. David’s Anglican Church, hosted the forum. 100 people filled the room, all eager to see how…

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Forum results: Nelson candidates support transition 100% renewable energy

By Erin Thompson The sanctuary at the United Church was packed full on Monday night, with over 220 people in attendance to hear the Nelson City Council hopefuls state their proposed actions to mitigate climate change and wildfire risk to the city. All candidates, councillors and mayors, were given the opportunity to speak to at least one of five prepared resolutions set up as a mock council…

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Find out where your candidates stand & be a Voter

EcoSociety has all your municipal election needs covered. We've been busy making sure you get what you need to be a Voter and find the candidates that share your values. We sent an election survey to candidates across the region. See what your candidates had to say about the issues you care about and their track records. The great news is that the overwhelming majority support a vision you can be…

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Union of BC Municipalities supports changing the way logging is done on private land

The Union of BC Municipalities endorsed a motion at their September annual meeting in Whistler to regulate how logging is done on private land. UBCM and our local governments must now tell the BC Provincial Government to change the way logging is done on private lands to at least meet current public land forest land use standards. The motion that was endorsed was: Whereas many areas of rural BC…

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I missed you

By Montana Burgess, Executive Director I’ve just come back from my parental leave and while I loved being there for the first months of my baby’s life, I missed you. I’ve been back at the EcoSociety for two weeks now and I can say with all honesty that both taking care of my baby and the EcoSociety truly are labours of love. They have more in common than not. Both bring me such joy, but both have…

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Natasha joins the EcoSociety team

Hello friends! My name is Natasha and last fall I moved to beautiful Nelson from Guelph, Ontario. I’m excited to be your new Community Organizer and help transition our pristine region off fossil fuels and onto 100% renewable energy! When I was in university I volunteered at an elementary school in India, at the base of the Himalaya mountains. I had the privilege of working with the students to…

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MarketFest – August 24

MarketFest will be returning to Nelson on August 24! Let the fun begin! Downtown Baker Street will, once again, be transformed into a lively night market featuring 100 vendors, live music, dance performances, kids entertainment and more. MarketFest is fun for the whole family, and is not to be missed. The MarketFest events runs from 6 pm to 10:00 pm. A $5 donation for admission is kindly…

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FREE training! Grassroots organizing in Castlegar

How can we bring about the changes that we want to see in our community? How can we move others to join us to achieve our goal? Learning how to organize effectively is key to building power and there are various different 'leadership skills' that we can learn to get us there. We want to build leadership and organzing capacity in our community so that when we see something that we want to change,…

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Coming soon; Renewable Kootenays community meetings!

What will our 100% Renewable Kootenays look like? The City of Nelson, Village of Slocan and the Regional District of Central Kootenays have all made commitments to be 100% renewable communities by 2050. The transition to renewable energy sources is abundant with opportunity. We have the chance to build a strong, resilient and green local economy that will create skilled jobs, here in the…

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