Climate Resiliency – Ecosystem Restoration – Food Sustainability
Due to rising greenhouse gas emissions and the resulting changing climate, Kelowna will continue to experience shifting and extreme temperature and precipitation patterns.
Research shows we will be seeing a greater frequency of intense weather events (storms, heavy precipitation, flood and drought), more days of extreme heat, and changes to our natural ecological systems. Although these are significant challenges, Mayor and Council have an opportunity to minimize the impacts. We know that the economy and the environment are interconnected. I applaud taking action now to prepare for the changes. The Mill Creek Flood Protection Project is a proactive initiative to improve the creek corridor and reduce flooding potential throughout the City, from the Kelowna Airport to Okanagan Lake.
Food and Water Resiliency:
We all have a responsibility TO BE BETTER stewards of GOD’S creation and we can inspire others to care for the world He has entrusted to us!
The pandemic reminded us of how sensitive the supply chain is; especially relying on foreign food sources. Another significant reason why we need to promote community gardens and support local farmers. On Council, I would advocate for a year-round permanent farmers market facility.
We can also support our farmers by reviewing their water rates and assisting with providing adequate housing for farm workers
Support locally Grown:
In consultation with Kelowna residents, I would like to support this innovative idea (outside the box planning) in how we can incorporate smart land use planning to maximize the 40% plus of the ALR land in Kelowna, support our agricultural community and create a community food Co-Op. This way we don’t need to constantly rely on all the 18-wheeler truck full of USA, Mexican and Lower Mainland food and produce to feed us. A community food Co-Op ensures food sustainability as well as reduces GHG’s emissions from all the truck transportation. A win-win for everyone!