Energetic Olympics Goes on Tour!

Oct 16. 09

One Sky’s Energetic Olympics team is currently touring the province, making stops in the 16 communities that participated in Energetic Olympics, plus a few more for good measure! In each community, they are meeting with, and making presentations to, municipal government representatives, community groups, and residents. From October 16-19, 2009, the team is on Haida Gwaii, participating in the Sustainable Living Fair (One Sky’s ED, Mike Simpson is the key-note speaker on Saturday evening) and attending as a delegation to the Village of Queen Charlotte’s council meeting on October 19th.

In addition to sharing the great results of the competition (Click here to see our winners), One Sky is also proud to introduce our two guest speakers from Nigeria, Godwin Ugah and Juliet Olory. Godwin is the Program Director for the Council for Renewable Energy in Nigeria (CREN), and Juliet is a Project Coordinator with Development in Nigeria (DIN). They will speak to audiences about their personal and professional experiences of living and working in Nigeria, a country with significant socio-economic challenges. Godwin will speak more specifically about the issues of access to energy, unsustainable energy use, and climate change, while Juliet will talk about the links between poverty and energy in her country.

Their knowledge and expertise will hopefully continue to help British Columbians better understand the concept of global energy equity. Energy plays a critical role in economic development and developing countries need increased access to clean, safe energy supplies. Through Energetic Olympics, One Sky hopes to build awareness of how North America’s carbon emissions are contributing to climate change and desertification in Africa, just as deforestation in Africa impacts Canada’s arctic regions.

One Sky would also like to recognize the support of the BC Council for International Cooperation (BCCIC), which is hosting two of our events in Comox and Prince George. BCCIC is a coalition of individuals and non-governmental organizations (like One Sky) working to achieve sustainable global development in a peaceful and healthy environment, with social justice, human dignity, and participation for all. Visit BCCIC’s website to find out more.

The Energetic Olympics team will visit the following communities in the coming weeks. Give us a call at (250) 877-6030 if you would like to get involved!

October 26th: Terrace
October 27th: Burns Lake
October 28th: Vanderhoof & Fort St. James
November 2nd: Ladysmith
November 3rd: Comox & Courtenay
November 4th: Gibsons & Sechelt
November 5th: 100 Mile House
November 6th: Prince George
November 10th-13th: Smithers