This week we released a new report examining tools that B.C. municipalities can use to make their communities green and healthy.
It is called the Natural Capital Policy Review, and we hope that newly minted mayors and councilors across the province will take note and adopt some of these ideas for their own green agendas.
And while our report highlights some really promising policies and programs, the most inspiring part of our research was finding amazing projects that are already paying huge dividends in communities like North Vancouver, Maple Ridge, Squamish and Vancouver.
That is why we grabbed a camera and headed out to capture a handful of stories about some of the wetlands, forests and streams that have been restored or enhanced thanks to the tireless work of advocates within these communities.
The result is Making Policy Live, a series of six short videos starring our own Natural Capital Ambassadors and other keen green movers and shakers that demonstrate how communities are benefiting from protecting nature in their backyards.
- Find out about how protecting the North Shore Mountains is safeguarding the drinking water for millions while providing physical and psychological benefits for residents.
- See how naturalizing Squamish's estuary from moonscape to thriving ecosystem helps defend the town's downtown from floods.
- Hear about how former industrial sites like Maplewood Flats in North Vancouver have gone from derelict to diverse.
- And more!
So, check out the videos, and be sure to share with folks in your community — especially the ones just elected to office. Together we can build a green, healthy future for our communities.