BLUE ECOLOGY WORKSHOP (November 28, 2017): “The vision for a water-first approach is an idea whose time has come – and a set of videos uploaded to YouTube provide a permanent record of this watershed moment,” stated Kim Stephens, Partnership for Water Sustainability in British Columbia

Note to Reader:

All of us have an impact on the land, on the water, and on the way things look. And decisions made today will ripple through time. The Partnership for Water Sustainability in British Columbia showcases big ideas through its annual workshop series. We do this to inform choices about land and water.

Michael Blackstock’s big idea for interweaving First Nations cultural knowledge and Western science – Blue Ecology – is especially powerful. The essence of Michael’s vision is ‘embrace a water-first approach’. It is an idea whose time has come.

In this workshop, the Partnership’s Ted van der Gulik along with two well-known personalities – the CBC’s Bob McDonald (host, Quirks & Quarks) and Member of Parliament Fin Donnelly – teamed with Michael to share their unique and complementary perspectives on a water-first approach.

The Fraser River was a centrepiece for the workshop program.

The workshop has been captured in its entirety in a set of videos that have been uploaded to YouTube for ease of access by those who are curious and/or interested to learn about what transpired at the workshop. Or simply refresh their memories. The video for each module includes the featured speaker plus the ensuing town-hall interaction with the audience.

MODULE A: “Connect the Drops” –
featuring Fin Donnelly (1 hour, 30 minutes)

MODULE B: “The Fraser River, Agriculture & Food Security” – featuring Ted van der Gulik (1 hour)

MODULE C: “Water from a Global Perspective & Beyond” – featuring Bob McDonald (1 hour, 16 minutes)

MODULE D: “Blue Ecology – An Attitude Switch!” –
featuring Michael Blackstock (1 hour, 11 minutes)

CLOSING REMARKS: featuring Eric Bonham (14 minutes)