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How will Kamloops adapt to change?

Eli Pivnick thinks it’s only a matter of time until life in Kamloops — and across the world — changes for good.

Eli Pivnick thinks it’s only a matter of time until life in Kamloops — and across the world — changes for good.

The question is: How to adapt ahead of time?

“The way Western society, and now Eastern society, lives based on an abundant supply of fossil fuels and cheap energy is going to change radically,” Pivnick said.

“The sooner we can start making the change, the easier it’s going to be.”

That’s the thinking behind a new project from Kamloops 350, a community-environmental organization focused on climate-change issues.

On Saturday, Jan. 25, the group will host a meeting it hopes will kick off a transition-town effort in the Tournament Capital.

The transition-town movement, which has already taken root in communities such as Victoria and Maple Ridge, is about making communities more self-reliant in advance of social changes stemming from climate change and dwindling fossil fuels, Pivnick said.

“It’s looking at changing the way we live to reduce our fossil-fuel use and to live lives that make sense — that are more sustainable,” he said.

“For me, it’s a perfect fit for the group.”

What actions that will lead to in Kamloops are yet to be seen.

“It’s going to depend on who’s involved and what their interests are,” Pivnick said.

“It could set off a whole bunch of things.”

Among the possibilities are projects that promote local food, libraries of tools and appliances people can share to reduce consumption, or lobbying the city for improvements to transit programs and more energy-efficient policies.

“If there’s a number of people in one area, we may want to look at how we’re going to make a neighbourhood more cohesive, so people are involved with each other more,” Pivnick said.

“Because that’s really part of the issue.

“A lot of our problems, our societal problems, stem from the fact that we are increasingly isolated.”

Pivnick said it will likely take two or three meetings for the group to decide what goals it wants to pursue, of which this weekend’s session is the first.

Along with a group discussion, attendees will screen In Transition 2.0, an hour-long film on the transition movement.

The meeting begins at 11 a.m. at the Kamloops Art Gallery, 465 Victoria St.