Our health vs development

Industrial orchards in Coldstream and factory farming in Spallumcheen are two reasons why North Okanagan residents must be proactive about health, the environment and quality of life versus development, according to an environmental group.

SENS, the Sustainable Environmental Network Society, is holding an event next week to show people how to become effective lobbyists for change.

“We hope that everyone, who feels that there are damaging projects looming or already happening in their community, will attend this event so we can all be on the same page and work together,” said Huguette Allen, SENS spokesperson and former Green Party candidate. “Only by being proactive will we prevent and stop pollution from entering our lakes and rivers, preserve what's left of wilderness and ensure our children can live in healthy communities.”

Allen said politicians, be they local or provincial, sometimes need to be reminded of what they signed on to when they were elected.

She said 100 people banding together in support of clean air or clean water works more effectively than just a few.

“Too often people feel afraid to speak out and feel powerless to make a change....Too often people wait until the problems become so acute as to be practically unsolvable.

“This SENS evening is designed to show people that there are different tools already available to help us be effective lobbyists for healthy communities that prioritize people and environmental health."

The free event takes place Thursday, Oct. 26th from 7-9 p.m. at the Schubert Centre. All are invited.

For more information contact: Huguette Allen, 250-547-0272 or by email.

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