Blue Ecology – A Cross-Cultural Concept for Interweaving Two Ways of Knowing
“We look forward to an engaging opening session in Module A: Spirit & Science – An Inclusive Journey,” states Eric Bonham. He will establish context for the workshop with an opening CALL TO ACTION. “Bob McDonald’s keynote address Water from a Global Perspective & Beyond has already garnered much interest and will set the stage for subsequent presentations from the global to the local.”
“We are pleased to have Chief Aaron Sam from the Lower Nicola Indian Band follow Bob’s presentation as he explores the cultural aspects of water seen through the lens of Traditional Ecological Knowledge. Michael Blackstock will then conclude Module A by integrating what he heard from both and connecting the dots to Blue Ecology.”
Climate Change Adaptation is about Water: “We anticipate considerable interest in the workshop given that the Okanagan Valley is totally dependent upon a secure water supply for industry, agriculture, tourism and settlement. The reality is, however, that climate change will demand new levels of innovation and collaboration to ensure long-term water security, a theme that will be explored further in the other three modules comprising the workshop.”
“An important component of the workshop is the ‘where do we go from here’ town hall session at the end of the program. Bob, Aaron and Michael along with author and water champion Bob Sandford will stimulate discussion and add much to the wrap-up and takeaway messages from the workshop. The objective, to encourage new ways of thinking, collaboration and creative problem solving with regard to the water security challenges of the Okanagan Valley. Lessons can be equally applied to other areas of the province,” concludes Eric Bonham.
The FLOW AND GROW workshop program comprises four cascading modules, from high-level to ground-level