A new inititative is hoping to bring a sustainable change to the resource-burning lifestyles of people living in Saanich.
According to Saanich’s 2018 ecoCity Footprint Tool Pilot report, Saanichites, on average, are undoubtedly living a lifestyle that consumes twice the resources the world is capable of producing, measured at 3.3 global hectares (GHA) per capita (in line with the world average). GHA takes into account the fossil fuels burned to live an everyday lifestyle, including resources used in consumable products such as the intense production of dairy and oil. The per capita number among Westerners has grown from 2.7 GHA about 13 years ago, while scientists estimate a 1.7 GHA usage as a sustainble number going forward.
One Planet recognizes that changing individual and household habits is hard, and therefore provides assistance in this area.
North Quadra resident Cora Hallsworth helped prepare the ecoCity Footprint Tool Pilot. Hallsworth is also on the One Planet Saanich team, a movement to help schools, businesses and other organizations create a plan that minimizes our overall carbon and fossil-fuel impact on the Earth.
“Saanich hits on all of the elements,” Hallsworth said. “The District wants to reduce green house gas, reduce energy consumption, and so do people here. We are recruiting Saanich-based businesses, schools or community groups to join the project and build their own One Planet Action Plans using the One Planet Living framework.”
The District of Saanich is on board, and together with the One Planet Saanich team, they’re seeking “integrators” who undergo training to go into the community to help groups and organizations build their One Planet action plans.
There are 16 integrators committed, now One Planet Saanich is looking to enlist stakeholders, Hallsworth said.
Saanich joins the first three other cities to follow the One Planet model with Oxfordshire, England, Durban, South Africa and Elsinore, Denmark.
Visit oneplanetsaanich.org for more information.