The Future of Forests and Communities on Vancouver Island

In my capacity as one of your regional directors, I have been assisting a new organization called Island Forest Futures with research to develop a vision for the forests and communities of Vancouver Island.

This vision, contained in the draft policy statement "The Future of Forests and Communities on Vancouver Island," proposes a strategy to optimize the ecological, social and economic potential of the island's forest resources and move beyond valley-by-valley conflicts, through an immediate transition from:

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Call to Action! Save the Blenkinsop Valley!

Save the Blenkinsop Valley!

Organizing meeting and info session - Wednesday August 31


We've received a request from local farmers (aka "eco-cultural-food-growers") David and Nathalie Chambers for assistance in reversing the creeping industrialization of the Blenkinsop Valley in Saanich.

Please attend this organizing meeting to help David and Nathalie implement a direct action strategy to preserve this extraordinary valley for food production for generations to come:

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Where We Stand

1. People and the planet before profit.
The Social Environmental Alliance is committed to a world where the wellbeing of people and the planet takes priority over the accumulation of private wealth.
2. Respect for ecological systems.
We believe all human activity and social systems must operate within the limits imposed by ecological systems and with respect for non-human life.
3. Transformative social change.
Recognizing the dangers of catastrophic climate change, the injustice of colonization and imperialism, and the inhumanity of growing poverty in the midst of plenty, we pledge ourselves to the lifelong project of transformative social change.
4. Ecological and democratic socialist principles.
We aim to accomplish our objectives through the application of ecological and democratic socialist principles to public affairs and the governance of our communities.
5. Grassroots organization and action.
Committed to action and outreach, we are nurturing a community of organizers to mobilize the consciousness and confidence of ordinary people and forge alliances in coalition with social movements, cultural organizations and grassroots community groups.
6. Traditions inform practice.
We are guided by the best traditions of indigenous, feminist, co-operative, socialist, labour and environmental movements.
7. Democracy.
We embrace a participatory, pluralistic and emancipatory model of democracy.
8. Equality.
We believe in a classless society and in the inherent dignity and equality of all people on the basis of gender, sexuality, ethnicity, religion, age and ability.
9. Self-determination.
We recognize the right of indigenous and colonized peoples to self-determination.
10. Internationalism.
We embrace an internationalist perspective in foreign policy based on equality among peoples and the shared stewardship and fair distribution of the finite resources of the planet.