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.
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 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 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.
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.