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Kamloops 350: Debating what the future with bring

Imagine walking down the street in Kamloops in the year 2034. It’s a beautiful day — sunny and warm — and everything is right with the world.
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Imagine walking down the street in Kamloops in the year 2034.

It’s a beautiful day — sunny and warm — and everything is right with the world.

As you look around, what are some of the things you see that have made this community a wonderful place in which to live?

That was the scenario put to 150 people at a pair of meetings on Saturday, Jan. 25, at the Kamloops Art Gallery.

The meetings, hosted by the Kamloops 350 group, were aimed at creating awareness and generating ideas about the transition-town movement — the idea of making communities more self-reliant by buying local, self-generating food and the like.

Kamloops 350 said the time for concrete ideas and asking “how” will come down the road, choosing instead on the weekend to focus on brainstorming and the exchange of ideas.

While there was no formal record taken of the brainstorming sessions, participants broke into 10 groups, spending nearly an hour discussing local currency, neighbourhood associations, co-housing villages, worker co-ops, local food production, reforestation, solar and wind power, alternative means of transportation and a citizens’ community store.

“I’m just interested in these kinds of initiatives,” said Leroy Harder, who attended on Saturday (Jan. 25)morning.

“I’m doing a lot of stuff on my own, so you want to connect with people that were doing the same sorts of things.

“I think there’s going to be big pressures in the future. We need to start dealing with stuff,” he said.

“We need to start laying the groundwork now and then, hopefully, the transition will be easier in the future.

The meetings were the first in a series that Kamloops 350 hopes to facilitate, in an effort to address sustainability and gauge the community’s interest in transition-town initiatives.

It will be left to the larger group of participants to decide how to move the process forward,

The dates for further meetings have not been determined.

To learn more about Kamloops 350, go online to local.350.org/kamloops-350.