Most people accept the Earth is under pressure.
But while there are real concerns, there are ways to address them and create sustainability for the environment and its inhabitants.
A Salmon Arm-based agency is hosting the CE Analytic Cumulative Effects Conference 2019 on May 22 and 23 in Kamloops.
“These are challenging times and the answers are complex, but we can figure it out if we work together collaboratively,” said CE Analytic CEO Barry Wilson.
“What that really means is that we have to look around; our economy is suffering and our environment is suffering so we need a systems approach to create the future we want.”
Wilson said the conference is intended to be three things—an opportunity to share what’s working, to celebrate achievement and success and provide a neutral place to gather and build relationships around a sustainable, vibrant future.
“Everything is connected and we share our watershed; we don’t exist in silos, so we need to find how to work to together in the place we share.”
Wilson has gathered an esteemed panel of leaders and innovators who will share their expertise during the two-day conference.
Among them is Dave Nordquist, Adams Lake Indian Band Title and Rights and special projects coordinator, who has worked on several projects with Wilson and will speak to a holistic, cumulative effects management approach.
Paula Doucette, Transport Canada senior environmental advisor, will describe her project to develop a cumulative effects shipping framework for all three of Canada’s oceans under the Oceans Protection Program.
Taye Ayele, with the B.C. Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development, will share the results of a cumulative effects study that the ministry undertook in the Elk Valley.
Dave Ramsay, Salmon Arm Secondary Science teacher and co-founder of BC Tomorrow, will provide attendees with a “sneak peek” at a simulator that enables students to understand the cumulative effects of planning on natural systems within a watershed.
Wilson began his career as a forester, understanding there are many different users of the forest and is working with them to find solutions for everybody in the watershed.
He said there is a finite environment that supports and provides for people who create economies to sustain themselves, one that is a dependent relationship not an independent one.
“If we want to create sustainability, we cannot have an ever increasing population and consumption. We need better ways and they will come to us by collaborating and using innovative technology,” said Wilson, who is addressing the subject at the conference.
“We can use our creativity and technology to get more from less and that’s how we will be prosperous.”
For more information on the conference and presenters, go online to cfxconference.com.