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untilFollowing a successful Green New Deal Town Hall in June, Transition Sooke will be hosting a Community Action Workshop to take action on climate change issues raised at the June meeting. "Sooke region residents are anxious about the impacts of climate disruption on their cherished West Coast environment, on their family's health and on the local economy,"said Susan Clarke, the coordinator of Transition Sooke's Climate Emergency Action Group. "Many members of our community have indicated that taking action reduces their anxiety and sense of powerlessness. They have also made it abundantly clear, particularly with provincial and federal inaction on climate change, that we need to take local, meaningful action as soon as possible." The morning will feature several short keynote addresses. We will break at 11-12 to enable participants to attend the Orange Shirt Day commemoration to be held in the centre of Sooke. Lunch will be provided by Transition Sooke. After lunch, we will be breaking into action tables. The action tables will focus on creating teams, hearing from a number of different resource people in the community already working on these issues, and starting to build action plans for the upcoming year. Some of the identified issues that will be discussed include rainwater harvesting, divestment from fossil fuels, local renewable energy options, ecosystem and species protection, local economic models, food security agriculture, and ideas for addressing transportation issues.
untilJoin artist and garden farmer Elisa Rathje for apple-pressing on a century-old cider press using apples harvested from Appleturnover, her 1½ acre 1895 Salt Spring apple orchard turned food forest and micro-silvopasture. For the workshop, bring along a half-pint mason jar to collect fresh apple juice and come chat about the possibilities of home-scale wild fermentation. During the discussion, Rathje will explore ways in which participants can start to transition to simple living and “radical home & local economies” in an era of ecological crisis and energy descent. The workshop is free, but registration is required as attendance is limited. If Eventbrite is not an accessible way of registration for you, please phone Regan Shrumm at 250-384-4171 x 220, or email at firstname.lastname@example.org to register.