Alternative energy tour kicks off in Victoria on Wednesday

Stops in Kamloops, Merritt, Nanaimo, Courtenay/Comox and the Fraser Valley to follow

  • Feb. 12, 2015 5:00 p.m.

The Future is Here! Alternatives Tour kicks off in Victoria on Wednesday (Feb. 18).

Showcasing local innovators, tour  explores how to build resilient communities in the context of climate change.

Tour stops will also feature the award-winning documentary, The Future of Energy: Lateral Power to the People, which tells the story of North American communities that are becoming energy self-sufficient.

“Powerful vested interests would like us to believe we have no alternative but to extract and burn tar sands oil and fracked gas,” said Caitlyn Vernon, Sierra Club B.C. campaigns director.

“Yet more Canadians now work in clean energy than are employed in the tar sands and renewable energy is becoming cost-competitive with fossil fuels and other traditional energy sources.”

The Future is Here! tour will also include stops in Kamloops, Merritt, Nanaimo, Comox, and the Fraser Valley.

The Victoria event is at Atomique Productions HQ, 1501 Douglas St., beginning with the Innovators showcase at 5 p.m., screening of The Future of Energy: Lateral Power to the People at 7 p.m. and followed by a panel discussion at 8:30 p.m.

Innovators featured in Victoria include City Green Solutions (energy efficiency), Solar Colwood, Drive Electric Victoria, Canadian Solar Cities Project and local organic farmers. Panelists will include Andrew Moore of the T’Sou-ke Nation solar initiative, Robin Tunnicliffe of Saanich Organics, Larissa Stendie, climate and energy campaigner for Sierra Club B.C. and a representative from City Green Solutions.

The event is sponsored by the Sierra Club B.C. and the B.C. Sustainable Energy Association.

Admission is by donation.