Gabriola Climate 12-12-12

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The Gabriola Climate 12-12-12 project is a Sustainable Gabriola initiative, starting September 2022. Over the 12 months, we will present 12 wicked problems related to climate change, and bring the community together to seek 12 (and more) local solutions drawn from Gabriolans’ collective wisdom and experience.

For more info about the project, there’s a full description at the bottom of this page.


November: Local Energy & Climate Change

This month we focus on Gabriola’s energy use (except for Transportation, which will be its own topic). For a basic overview of local climate facts and impacts, download our 2-page Local Energy & Climate Change factsheet (right).

November event:

1. Climate Café ( Thu. Nov. 24th)
A short skit to open, then some amazing local success stories — heat pumps, solar, using waste vegetable oil, Kill-o-Watt meters, and more. Then we all break into table discussions to come up with a range of home-grown Gabriola solutions, addressing the wicked problems related to Local Energy & Climate Change. Delicious Ground Up fare available!

Thursday, November 24th, doors open 6 pm, event 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Ground Up Café, 560 North Road (across from the Village)
Door opens 6:00 to get your snacks, meals and drinks!

And save the date:
Thursday, December 18th
Toy Fix it Fair and Repurposing Everything

Current action:

GALTT event Thursday, Nov. 17: Protecting the Future—Keeping Gabriola Green, on GALTT programs: Nature Stewards, Conservation Covenants, and Legacy Giving. Space limited, pre-register by email!



OCTOBER: Food security

A focus on Gabriola’s food systems and food security, and how it is being affected by climate change.

Click to download: Local Food Security & Climate Change factsheet

[coming soon] Click to view: Brainstormed ideas from Oct. Climate Café


September 2022: Local Terrestrial Ecosystems

A focus on Gabriola’s land-based ecosystems, and how they are being affected by climate change.

Click to download: Local Terrestrial Ecosystems factsheet

Click to view page: Brainstormed ideas from Sept. Climate Café
or download (PDF): Brainstorming from Sept. Climate Café


About Gabriola Climate 12-12-12

The Gabriola Climate 12-12-12 project is a Sustainable Gabriola initiative that begins in September 2022 and will run for 12 months. 

Our focus is “local impacts, local solutions,” with the aim of countering the general hopelessness and helplessness many Gabriolans feel in the face of the global climate crisis. 

Gabriola Climate 12-12-12 will, over 12 months, present 12 wicked problems related to climate change, and seek 12 (and more) local solutions drawn from Gabriolans’ collective wisdom and experience.

Our topics are drawn from the 2010 Gabriola Community Sustainability Plan (PDF, 38 pages), with themes such as ecosystems, food, waste, transportation, water, and community well-being, all to be examined through a climate lens. We will highlight the many local successes we’ve already had in meeting these impacts, and bring aware and concerned locals together at our events to create more Gabriola-made solutions. 

We’ll have announcements in the Sounder, by email, and on social media each month announcing the coming topic, and inviting you to that month’s events for information on, and discussion of, local solutions for adaptation and mitigation.

We can’t solve a global climate crisis at the local Gabriola level, but there is much we can do, as individuals and as a community, to mitigate and adapt, to make our own lives more active and hopeful, and perhaps to set an example for the world! 

the Gabriola Climate Working Group (Fay Weller, Joan Johnson, Steve Earle, Greg Blee) 

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