Sometimes parks’ watering practices seem to fly in the face of common sense, and when the public perceives that a city department is not practicing what it preaches, they can get downright indignant. But, it turns out that most parks departments in BC are doing a pretty good job when it comes to water conservation. There are two situations, however, that generate lots of spirited telephone calls from residents accusing parks departments of ‘wasting’ water.
The Marley Affect is the degree to which an individual or society is nclined or disinclined to learn from past mistakes in order to change the course of the future. In Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, Scrooge saw shadows of what “might be” in his future, he was inspired to change. The point of the story is that there is always hope. Today the shadows of what “might be” make headlines almost daily. This means that society is no longer ignoring them and there really is reason to hope.
Faster than a speeding bullet, school children in the Okanagan are learning how to be good environmental citizens, thanks to the EECO Heroes. EECO stands for Environmental Educators of the Central Okanagan. In real life, the EECO Heroes are five ordinary City of Kelowna and Central Okanagan Regional District educators, who realized that combining their creative energy, ideas and budgets into one big, splashy elementary/middle school program could be more effective than offering five separate programs.
Why do some people spend thousands of hours and dollars to grow a plant that is not even native to North America? In American Green: The Obsessive Quest for the Perfect Lawn, historian Ted Steinberg traces it to three factors: indoor plumbing, suburbia, and clever marketing on the part of the lawn care industry.
In the summer of 2006, the City of Kelowna attempted something innovative that involved risk. It removed 20,000 square feet of perfectly good turf at a high profile downtown location and planted Zoysia sprigs in its place. Zoysia is a drought-tolerant grass that should thrive in the Okanagan Valley, but unseasonable rain followed the planting and washed most of the sprigs away before they could root.
Scientists have been tracking CO2 emissions since the mid 1960s and, in 1969, the following quote appeared in New Scientist: “For some years now, carbon dioxide has been under suspicion as a potential cause of major climatic alteration on a global scale.” Think about it. That was almost 40 years ago.
Why do some people conserve water, while others do not? Take two people living on the same street. They have the same income, the same formal education, the same general background. Yet, one plants a drought-tolerant garden and waters sparingly, while the other rings his yard with cedars and waters twice a day. What gives?