In a recent release of Vital Podcast 2019, Whistler-based waste management specialist Sue Maxwell shares that Canada, as ranked on the world stage, is considered a wasteful society.
Studies show that if everyone in the world lived like the average Canadian, we would need 4 – 5 Earths worth of land and its resources.
Take a test to find out how many Earths we would need if everyone lived just like you.
This shocking stat doesn’t even consider business operations and how they contribute to overuse and waste of natural resources. Business owners can learn a lot from grassroots initiatives that aim to reduce our personal footprint and tread a little lighter on the ground.
Working with community groups, industry stakeholders and experts in different sectors, businesses can have a big impact to reduce emissions and adapt to climate change. More often than not, there are substantial savings on a business’s bottom line when eco actions are adopted on the ground or where systemic change is implemented in their industry. This story in The Guardian: Modern Life is Rubbish, illustrates how some businesses are choosing more innovative packaging to reduce or eliminate waste, and it’s paying off.
If your business is ready to learn more about how it can impact climate change and reduce its environmental footprint, here’s how you can learn more… add this January 16, 2020 event to your calendar to get started:
Vital Cafe: Climate Crisis
In this Vital Cafe: Climate Crisis, a Vital Panel of local experts will fill you in on what’s up in Whistler with regards to action toward a lowered ecological footprint.
Then, we’ll break into a facilitated and rotating round table discussion to ensure participants have the chance to engage in conversations with community members with all kinds of lived experience.
In 2020, we are excited to launch Vital Cafés that include a panel of local experts and folks with lived experience, as well as, the round table discussions started in January 2019.
- Diana Mulvey Boone, Board Member AWARE
- Max Kniewasser, Resort Municipality of Whistler Climate Change Coordinator
- Sue Maxwell, Waste Management Specialist
- Arthur De Jong, Whistler Blackcomb employee and embracer of action
- Kristina Swerhun, Whistler Naturalists, Glacier Monitoring
- Irie Smith, High school student, Whistler Waldorf and zero waste advocate
- Michael D’Artois, Board Member Mature Action Committee and community advocate
Vital Signs aims to inspire civic engagement, to provide focus for public debate, and to help a range of actors take action and direct resources where they will have the greatest impact. [Read More]
Locally Relevant Solutions Through a Global Looking Glass
In 2017, Community Foundations of Canada started to align our national data sets with Agenda 2030, the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The SDG framework allows Whistler to measure local data against common global indicators.