On Monday, December 14th, the Nanaimo City Council passed three key climate initiatives that will be instrumental in the establishment and reinforcement of an effective system of climate policies within the city and RDN.
The three initiatives were as follows:
1. Approval of funding for a Manager of Sustainability
Adoption of the doughnut economics framework was the most contentious proposal, and perhaps the biggest win. After a lengthy debate the motion passed with a narrow 5:4 margin! Nanaimo is now the first city in Canada to adopt the doughnut model. We received feedback from city council that our email campaign in the days leading up to the vote made a real difference, giving council members confidence that Nanaimo is ready for bold solutions. This event, like the many similar ones that have preceded it around the world, demonstrates the power of ordinary people getting organized and engaging in their democracy.