LIVING WATER SMART IN BRITISH COLUMBIA: “When someone with expertise often retires their managers ‘don’t know what they have lost until it is gone’ and even then they might not know. That person has left with all their knowledge and connections,” stated Kate Rushton, UK-based community strategist

Note to Reader:

The edition of Waterbucket eNews published on September 14, 2021 reviewed several stories scheduled for publication in September and October. If governments and community leaders are serious about adapting to BC’s new climate reality, then it is essential they understand why context and history do matter! That is the unifying theme.

Droughts Affect All of Us

“Waterbucket eNews weave common threads. Foremost is the notion of building bridges of understanding from the past to the present and future. In short, context and history do matter! Upcoming stories focus on ‘champions’ – that is, dedicated individuals who provide leadership and motivate others to strive for the greater good. Without determined champions, nothing gets started and nothing happens,” stated Kim Stephens, Waterbucket eNews Editor and Executive Director, Partnership for Water Sustainability in British Columbia

“Key words that capture the essence of upcoming stories are perseverance, dedication, and TIME in capitals. Changes do not happen overnight. It is a journey and journeys take decades – which is why success is measured by the distance travelled, not the distance still to go.”

To Learn More:

Download a copy of Living Water Smart in British Columbia: Adapting to Climate Realities / Context and History Do Matter!

What Happens If They Don’t Know What They Don’t Know?

Each new generation lacks direct knowledge of the historical condition of the environment, and how this lack of understanding plays out as a ‘failure to notice change’. Every generation is handed a world that has been shaped by their predecessors – and then seemingly forgets that fact.

New generations also have a habit of collectively forgetting how positive social change comes about through the dogged activism of minorities once shunned. There is another more subtle form of amnesia, the kind that happens when projects and programs are handed off from one work group to another. Is it “corporate amnesia”, “mandate amnesia”, or perhaps even something else?

To Learn More:

Read HIDDEN VALUE OF INTERGENERATIONAL COLLABORATION: “My experience is that collaboration between the generations is easier than most people think and the generational differences are not that wide. Also, intergenerational teams are much more innovative,” stated Kate Rushton, UK-based community strategist