Transition Cowichan is a part of an evolving local collaboration among diverse stakeholders looking at the complex problem of how to strengthen social cohesion & our responses to climate change in the Cowichan Region. Here’s the issue as we see it:
Our community will experience increasing stress from the increasing impacts of climate destabilization. Vulnerable citizens, such as children, poor and frail seniors, the homeless and low income families with fewer resources and less mobility, will be especially challenged to respond and adapt. To develop adaptive solutions that meet the needs of everyone in the Cowichan, we need to work together, strengthening our ability to co-operate within & between sectors & among neighbors, collaborating across local governments, First Nations, social benefit and environmental non-profits, business, faith groups & others.” Collective Impact is the approach we are working with in approaching this complex issue. Check out the Collaboration’s Facebook Page.
Related to this initiative on Wednesday, May 20, 2015 , there was a public presentation and discussion on Collective Impact – an Approach to Addressing Complex Problems, at Island Savings Centre. And on November 3, 2015 there was a public lecture “A Conversation on Climate Change: The Inconvenient Truths of Our Time & How to Talk About Them” and discussion with the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives Climate Justice Director Marc Lee and communications specialist Cara Pike at at VIU Cowichan Campus lecture theatre.