Who will be the first Kootenay community to go blue?

42 communities in B.C. have taken the Blue Dot challenge, but none in the Kootenays

A photo of the Earth from space.

This blue dot is what inspires the Blue Dot movement to preserve our precious planet. — Purestock/Thinkstock photo

Really? Not a single town in the Kootenays has gone green to become a Blue Dot community. Shocking is what I say.

The Blue Dot movement is a way for Canadian municipalities to pass a declaration supporting our right to a healthy environment.

As a project of the David Suzuki Foundation, this movement states that we have a fundamental human right to clean air, fresh water and healthy food. That’s about as basic as you can get.

On October 14, 2014, Richmond, B.C., became the very first Blue Dot community in Canada, and the most recent B.C. addition was Surrey on January 11, 2016. To date, 42 communities in British Columbia have become Blue Dot communities but not one in the Kootenays. Not even Nelson. As Adele would say, “Hello?”

Person by person and community by community, the movement is gaining speed across Canada. Toronto was the 100th location to join on December 9th. To date, 106 Canadian communities are part of this blue wave.

The next surge will be for entire provinces to join this green movement and sign such a declaration. After that, the goal is to amend the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms to state our fundamental right to a healthy environment.

Now is the time to get involved. If not you, who? If not now, when?

There’s an organizer’s kit to get you started at http://www.bluedot.ca/volunteer

Virginia Rasch

Virginia is a writer and copy editor with Koocanusa Publications. She is an avid outdoor recreationist in all seasons and has lived in the Kootenays for 10 years. With degrees in the natural sciences, she has worked as a tour guide, an environmentalist, a writer, and a copy editor of scientific publications. Virginia now brings her passion for everything green to Kootenay Business. View all of Virginia Rasch’s articles

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