How Salt Spring Island Led Climate Engagement Amidst Pandemic

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Duration: 1 hour            Cost: Free

Salt Spring Island, BC recently piloted a revolutionary new platform and engagement process which empowered residents to give meaningful input in their community's Climate Action Plan. The Ethelo platform helped overcome polarization, and the micro-targeted public engagement ensured input was gathered from community members beyond the ‘usual suspects'.

Over 10% of the population participated in the engagement and also contributed over 5000 comments and ideas that will help shape public policy going forward.

In this webinar, climate engagement experts will discuss how Salt Spring meaningfully consulted their community to inform an achievable Climate Action Plan with overwhelming public support, in the midst of a pandemic.

Why join?

  • See how you can engage residents in meaningful ways, even while social distancing.
  • Learn how micro-targeted communication strategies make community engagement meaningful and equitable.
  • Get actionable tips and learn about tools for better community engagement.

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Meet Our Guests

Tarah Stafford

Tarah Stafford

Tarah is the co-director of the Carbon Budget Project for eDemocracy and a partner in the Communications nonprofit, Elephant in the Room where she coordinates a variety of large climate related advertising campaigns. She is also a screenwriter and a resident of Salt Spring where she volunteered on their CAP steering committee. She has worked with many different climate organizations including: John Denver's Windstar, Columbia Pictures Sustainability program and the UN Environment Program. As the founder of “Cool Neighbourhoods”, she was honored to speak at and receive a community award in West Vancouver and a Global Green City Award from the United Nations.


Gary Holman

Gary is the Salt Spring Island Electoral Area Director and a locally elected representative on the CRD, CRHC and CRHD Boards. Director Holman has lived on Salt Spring Island since 1989 and has a professional background as an economist. He previously served as the MLA for Saanich North and the Islands (2013-17) and as the Salt Spring Island Electoral Area Director (2002-08).

Ben West

Ben West

Ben is the Executive Director of eDemocracy Solutions and co-director of the eDemocracy Carbon Budget project. He is a leader in the climate space in Canada with over 20 years of experience in strategic communications and public engagement. He was the founder and chair of The Great Climate Race, worked as a Healthy Communities Campaigner and Communications Coordinator for the Wilderness Committee,  Campaign Director for ForestEthics (Stand) and as the Communications and Project Lead for Tsleil-Waututh Nation Sacred Trust Initiative.

Meet Our Host

Andrea Reimer

Andrea Reimer

Andrea spent four terms in local government including 10 years as the lead on public engagement on Vancouver City Council, where she also served as Deputy Mayor and Chair of Policy and Strategic Priorities. She recently completed a fellowship at Harvard in recognition of this work and is currently teaching about power, policy and engagement at UBC and SFU.
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What is eDemocracy's Carbon Budget?

Ethelo’s eDemocracy Carbon Budget platform is a decision-making tool for fair and meaningful community engagement that helps policy makers and residents chart a path forward to implement GHG reduction strategies.

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