May 31, 2022. Nelson boosting ebikes, Farms to Friends supporting local agriculture

LOGGING RIGHT DOWN TO THE SHORE ON THE NW CORNER OF DUNCAN RESERVOIR. THE RESERVOIR DRAINS OVER WINTER AND IS A FIELD OF SAND AND ANCIENT CEDAR STUMPS IN MAY. THE RIVER WINDS THROUGH THIS MESS.

Show opens with a short update on the logging protest camp  by Argenta. 

The City of Nelson is pushing forward with its Nelson Next plan to reduce emissions.  Cecilia Jaques, the city’s climate and energy advisor tells us some of what’s happening this year, and about an ebike expo coming up on June 24th.

Craig Mullin from the West Kootenay EcoSociety talks about the success of the Farms to Friends program and the mountains of local food it has supplied to local families.

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EVENTS AND LINKS

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Wednesday June 8, 4 pm 

The West Coast Climate Action Network is holding its 4th online webinar on

Transportation in a Time of Climate Crisis

The topic for next week’s event is Carsharing, EVs, and Urban Freight

Panelists Patrick Nangle, CEO of Modo Carshare; John Stonier, CEO of Electric Advantage; Guy Dauncey, Co-Chair of WE-CAN; and Joel Gibbs, Shift Delivery Cargo Bikes. 

More information on the website westcoastclimateaction.ca And I will put links up on the show website. Register here.

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Wednesday June 15, 6 pm

The following Wednesday June 15, 6 pm WeCan the West Coast Climate Action Network is hosting a Climate Action Provincial Assembly

The first such event the Assembly aims to be a broad discussion on collaborating on climate action priorities for the province. Register here.

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Friday June 10th. starting at 11 am.

The Sn̓ʕaýckstx (Sinixt) Confederacy and the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation in Washington State is holding a long-awaited ceremony and celebration on June 10, 2022 at Lakeside Park in Nelson British Columbia. The celebration is being held to honor the April 23, 2021 landmark decision from the Supreme Court of Canada in the Desautel hunting case. The ruling protected the Sinix’t right to hunt in their traditional territory in Canada.

The daylong festivities will start at 11:00 a.m. Community Lunch at the Rotary Shelter in Lakeside Park

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Friday June 24th. 3 to 7 pm

City of Nelson is hosting its first E-Bike Expo on Friday June 24th.

There will be a variety of different bikes on display, and participants will get the chance to hear about real-world experiences and learn about the future of transportation in Nelson. 

“The idea for the event is to provide a space where residents can drop in and have an informal conversation with their neighbours about choosing an E-Bike.” 

The E-Bike Expo will be free to attend and take place on Friday, June 24, from 3:00 – 7:00 pm at the Nelson Innovation Center, located in Railtown (next to the Visitors Centre).  

ENVIRONMENT NEWS

The Ontario Energy Board has turned down an Enbridge Gas proposal for a $123.7-million pipeline replacement project in Ottawa.

The Board said Ottawa’s plans to reduce fossil gas demand was one of the factors in the decision. But it also said Enbridge’s failed to show that a pipeline replacement was necessary or the most affordable option available. 

Ottawa’s community energy plan, Energy Evolution, and s the federal government’s effort to convert its Cliff Street heating and cooling plant from steam to hot water will reduce gas demand and the need for pipeline expansion.

This was apparently the first time the Board has turned down a gas construction proposal.  It also showed that the companies revenue scheme is based primarily on the kilometres of pipe they can install, rather than the volume of gas their customers actually need.

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Canada can achieve 100% zero-emission electricity by 2035 with an electricity system that prioritizes renewable energy, storage, energy efficiency, and interprovincial transmission. That’s according to a new report and modelling study release byu the David Suzuki Foundation.

The report shows that a clean electricity pathway based on renewables offers an affordable option for ambitiously reducing emissions while meeting increasing electricity demand.

But to make it a reality the Foundation says it wou8ld take “really strong, really clear federal and provincial rules,” with implementation “at the provincial level and at the community level.”

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Columbia River Treaty negotiations have continued this spring and on May 17 the U.S. presented a new proposal, which included a framework for operations and addresses flood-risk management, hydropower co-ordination, ecosystem co-operation and Canadian operational flexibility.

The Canadian negotiating team, which includes representatives from Canada, B.C. and the Ktunaxa, Secwepemc and Syilx Okanagan Nations continues collaborating on developing and refining negotiating positions that will benefit the B.C. portion of the Columbia Basin.

https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2022EMLI0035-000826

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BC and Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) are making it more affordable for people to install electric vehicle (EV) charging stations in their homes, businesses and communities.

For a limited time, rebates will cover as much as 75% of eligible purchase and installation costs for EV charging stations, that’s a big boost from the previous 50% coverage.

Bruce Ralston, B.C.’s Minister of Energy, Mines and Low Carbon Innovation says

electric vehicles were 13% of all new light-duty vehicles sold in B.C. last year, leading the country.

https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2022EMLI0033-000772

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Climate groups cautiously applauded G7 climate ministers on Friday for promising to cut off new public financing for fossil fuels by the end of the year. a move that would help tackle a major source of oil and gas industry funding.

A 39-page communique issued Friday by the environment ministers of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States pledges to end “new direct public support for the international unabated fossil fuel energy sector by the end of 2022, except in limited circumstances clearly defined by each country that are consistent with a 1.5°C warming limit and the goals of the Paris Agreement.”

The communique also said public finance for clean energy.” is the most viable way to energy security.  The ministers promised an “accelerated and prudently managed clean energy transition”. 

Environmentalist observers like the promises but are waiting to see concrete action beyond the talk.

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2022/05/27/g7-fossil-fuel-funding-pledge-massive-win-say-climate-groups

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Australians ended nine years of right-wing rule in last week’s compulsory federal vote, with a “greenslide” that saw more left-wing Greens and independents elected than ever.

Former prime minister Scott Morrison conceded the defeat the new PM, Labor leader Anthony Albanese said: “It’s time for a radical reset on how this great nation of ours acts upon the climate challenge.”

Albanese said that “together we can end the climate wars. Together we can take advantage of the opportunity for Australia to be a renewable energy superpower.”

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2022/05/21/australian-progressives-hail-greenslide-amid-big-left-wins-and-morrisons-ouster

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Last week the Massachusetts high court rejected ExxonMobil’s attempt to dismiss a lawsuit brought by the state, charging that the corporation lied to the public about the climate emergency and the fossil fuel industry’s role in driving it.

The lawsuit filed in 2019 by Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey accuses Exxon of violating the state’s consumer protection laws through a decades long effort to conceal what it knew about the negative environmental impacts of burning fossil fuels.

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2022/05/25/resounding-victory-court-rules-exxon-must-face-trial-over-climate-lies

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A piece in the UK newspaper The Guardian says cutting methane emissions sharply now is crucial to avoid disastrous temperature rises.  The piece says scientists are warning that hocusing on carbon dioxide alone will not be enough to keep rising temperatures within livable limits.

The study found that cuts to CO2 alone could not achieve the reductions needed to stay within 1.5C of pre-industrial temperatures.

But cutting methane and other “short-lived climate pollutants” such as soot would reduce the global heating effect in the near term. The scientists said. it is essential to give the world “a fighting chance” of staving off climate catastrophe.

LNG development in BC is a major source of fugitive methane leaks, and the province still has no firm plan for eliminating the leaks.

Methane warming effect is as much as 80 times that of C02.  But methane degrades in just 20 years in the atmosphere, CO2 lasts much long.

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2022/may/23/sharp-cut-methane-climate-crisis-carbon-dioxide-global-heating

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