Vancouver's Leader in Transition toward Strong, Resilient, Complete Communities
Our Vision for Vancouver (what we are working to achieve)
We envision Vancouver as a vibrant city at the leading edge of sustainability, where residents know their neighbours and participate in collective actions to minimize their ecological footprint. The focus is on quality of life issues including local food production and distribution, a full-employment local economy, renewable energy, and low-impact transportation. Residents participate actively in their governance and work with civic, business, labour and voluntary sector groups in planning and carrying out activities that respond to changing conditions and that contribute to a high quality of life for all in Metropolitan Vancouver. A central focus of our planning work is the creation of an Energy Descent Action Plan, a set of defined milestones on the path toward fossil fuel independence.
Village Vancouver inspires a transition to a sustainable culture by encouraging, facilitating and supporting individuals and organizations to take actions that help people to adapt to changing ecological conditions and contribute to a high quality of life for all. We hold the provisions of The Earth Charter as the core principles of our understanding of sustainability and peaceful co-existance.
Key Values (Principles)
Action: encouraging, facilitating and supporting action towards a sustainable future for Vancouver
Adaptation: anticipating and responding to current ecological circumstances including climate change, peak oil and social and economic instability
Innovation: encouraging an exchange of ideas that fosters innovative responses and solutions to current conditions
Collaboration: creating the space for those with bridging interests to find common ground and the will to work together in support of sustainable communities
Shared leadership: supporting the emergence of leaders in all walks of life, in local neighbourhoods and throughout Metropolitan Vancouver
Last updated by Ross Moster Apr 1, 2012.