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RDKB wants to know how Electoral Area ‘A’ residents are adapting to climate change

Vegetable garden in late summer – bigstockphoto.com

The Columbia Basin Rural Development Institute (RDI) at Selkirk College is conducting research on behalf of the Regional District of Kootenay Boundary to help local government better understand how prepared local residents are for the impacts of climate change.

Residents of RDKB Electoral Area ‘A’ are invited to complete a short survey about backyard food production and emergency preparedness at https://jointheconversation.rdkb.com. The survey will remain open until August 30, 2019.

Results from the survey will provide data to measure and assess the status of two important indicators of climate adaptation specific to RDKB residents – local food security and emergency preparedness. Growing food in backyards is an important aspect of self-sufficiency and local food security. Having an emergency preparedness kit is an effective way to ensure basic supplies and important documents are together and ready to go in case of an emergency due to climate-affected events such as forest fires or floods.

“This information will help us get a snapshot in our region that shows the level of local backyard food production and self-sufficiency and the level of emergency preparedness in Area ‘A’,” said Janine Dougall, General Manager of Environmental Services with the RDKB. “Once we have more data from the research the RDI is doing for us, we can plan next steps to help residents become more resilient to the impacts of climate change.”

In addition to completing the Area 'A' Climate Adaptation Project through the RDI at Selkirk College, the RDKB is now recognized as having achieved Level 3 - Accelerating Progress on Charter Commitments in the Green Communities Committee Climate Action Recognition Program, and is working to toward a longer term goal of achieving Level 4 - Carbon Neutrality.