A beautiful fall photo of Kamloops Lake with yellow grasslands in the foreground

The year 2023 in review

Transition Kamloops helps create opportunities for Kamloopsians to get involved in making our city more resilient, but nothing happens unless the community responds. 2023 was a year of growth and great progress for us.

We’d like to offer a giant thank you to all our volunteers for stepping up to take action, individually and collectively. Here’s how your efforts helped us make an impact this year:

Our biggest project this year (and ever!) was an ambitious community climate action program, delivered together with the Kamloops Food Policy Council and the Kamloops Naturalist Club. About 160 folks participated over the four months of learning about sustainability case studies from around the world. Each one of the thirteen study circles we organized led to interesting discussions on how to apply the concepts locally. It all culminated in one totally awesome Climate Action Fest, held last April.

That day saw about 65 participants sort themselves into 11 “action teams.” While two projects are already completed and one has been shelved, the majority of the groups are still continuing their work.

  • The Climate Action Website team has added a whole new section to our website, including a great selection of low-carbon recipes!
  • The Safe Bike Parking team completed a survey on obstacles and attitudes among the businesses in various commercial areas—that data will now be used by the City in their planning.
  • The Propel Us carshare has been incorporated as a non-profit society in their ongoing quest to fill this gap in Kamloops’ transportation landscape.
  • Imagine Kamloops is organizing consultations with neighbourhood associations to tease out hyper-local priorities and help to become reality.
  • The Music/Lyrics/Spoken Word team is planning a public showcase for the inspiring climate action content produced at their workshop last month.
  • The Green Burials squad has followed multiple avenues to accelerate the availability of green burial options in our community, with more steps to come.
  • The Nature-Friendly Yards team is working on bringing more native species into home gardens. The speaker they brought in this summer was very well-received, and more opportunities are in the works.
  • The Citizens for Climate Action group prepared resources to support residents speaking at the City’s “Council + Community Conversations” (Sahali is next—see details below!). The group also mobilized 100+ folks to send comments to the City and the BC Utilities Commission opposing Fortis’ renewable natural gas proposal (BCUC hasn’t yet issued its decision). 

The Repair Cafe team knocked it out of the park again this year with five well-attended events, including several partnerships (ElectroRecycle BC and TRU). Their dedication to keeping items out of the waste stream has earned them a high profile within Kamloops. Over the year, they did 276 repairs, with a success rate of 65%. Go, team!

We organized Green Drinks almost every month this year (at Red Collar Brewing and Red Beard Cafe) as a low-barrier, social way to kickstart discussions on various sustainability-related topics. More planned for 2024—stay tuned.

The Sustainability Stories team has been chugging away in the background, with a few more Stories ready to be released early in 2024 to add more stops on the North Shore. This is a wonderful opportunity for those with special skills in journalism or story-telling—let us know if that sounds like you!

And of course, we’ve kept up a steady stream of local news and thought-provoking articles via our Facebook and Twitter feeds. 

Whew … that’s a long list! Thank goodness our numbers are growing!

Thanks again, everyone. With your help, we will continue to advocate for sustainable policies and work directly on climate solutions that benefit everyone in 2024 and beyond.

PS: We’re doing it again! Click here to learn more about Climate Action Fest 2.0!

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