What can we do to ensure a long life of good quality for all residents in South Island communities while also lowering the level of inequality faced by growing numbers of people in our region?
That’s the starting point for Conversations for a One Planet Region, a rolling think tank in the Greater Victoria area launched last year by University of Victoria professor Dr. Trevor Hancock.
Transition Sooke is bringing Hancock to Edward Milne Community School this coming Monday (Oct. 23) evening at 7 pm to share his One Planet Region vision with a Sooke audience for the first time. Admission is free.
Recognising that we are entering the Anthropocene, a new, human-induced geological epoch, Hancock believes the Victoria region can respond to the stresses and shocks of rapid, unpredictable change by addressing an interlinked web of environmental, social, health and economic issues.
“This will mean, among other things, re-designing our energy, transportation, urban development and food systems, indeed our whole economy and way of life, while taking into account the intergenerational wellbeing of our children,” explains Hancock, a witty, engaging speaker who believes basic human needs must trump all else when planning a workable and just society.
Hancock believes we must change the way we chart progress by using alternative scales such as the Happy Planet Index, created in 2006 by the UK’s New Economics Foundation to measure the factors that lead to genuine (as opposed to strictly material) happiness.
Hancock’s collaborators in the One Planet Region initiative so far have included the BC Sustainable Energy Association, the Social Environmental Alliance, Cities for Everyone, Creatively United for the Planet and the Better Transit Alliance of Greater Victoria.
Dr. Hancock will be introduced by Royal Roads University faculty member Paivi Abernethy, a Transition Sooke board members and part of the One Planet Region team.
A follow-up One Planet Conversation at EMCS with regional transportation planning consultant Eric Doherty is scheduled for late next month.
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