Environmental Stewardship -
listening to our elders, saving for our grandchildren
We are the only stewards of the natural environment. It's up to us. If we want keep our ecosystems alive and healthy, we need to get serious about it now.
In 2005 two-thirds of the direct benefits people obtain from biodiversity were currently being degraded or used unsustainably. The OCP commits to trying not to overshoot our share of the planetary boundaries.
These "ecosystem services" include:
- providing materials such as food, fuel and fibre;
- regulating climate, disease outbreaks, and providing pollination;
- supporting processes such as nutrient cycling and water purification; and,
- providing opportunities for aesthetic, recreational and spiritual use.
Fortunately every step we take to preserve our rural character and enhance and protect our magnificent natural wealth is going with the trend and will make this a more attractive place in every sense of that word.
To press for an inventory of our ecological assets and how they are managing and being managed.
To press for an inventory of poisonous and other invasive species from Hogweed and Poison Hemlock to Scotch Broom and American Bullfrogs with a comprehensive plan to eradicate them. This would greatly increase taxes if done by employees, there may be groups that wish to take some of this on.
To work for continued assessment of and protection sensitive areas.
To support the recommendations in the CVRD State of the Environment Report and any updates, including drinking water and watershed protection Functions.
To work towards Zero Waste.
To support the implementation of the Climate Action and Energy Plan, the Parks and Trails Master Plan, the new OCP, the coming Transportation Plan and other adopted plans such as Biodiversity Plan and what comes to light as the best and highest use of the Municipal Forest Reserve.
We also need an updated Agriculture Plan.