Planet Protector Academy

Sion Lanini will be pitching a discussion that asks,

Planet Protector Academy is a digital interactive classroom experience that trains kids as ‘apprentice’ Planet Protectors to lead pro-environmental behaviour change in their families. The first program ‘Keep Cool’ focuses on Climate Change and has engaged over 4,500 kids and their families, with 65% of parents now driving less!

We’re looking to re-develop the platform so that it can be customized and applied to lots of different social and environmental issues. The superhero storyline and behaviour change methodology is already attracting interest from a range of organizations working on zero waste, water conservation, aboriginal issues, anti-racism work etc.

Housing Crisis

Anonymous may be pitching a discussion that asks,

At least 116,000 people in BC are in housing crisis.

At the tip of the iceberg are 11,000 visibly homeless people, who have no homes at all.

Just below the surface are 40,000 hidden homeless, who sleep with family, in cars, or couch surf.

Deep under water are 65,000 people at risk of homelessness, who spend more than 50% of their income on rent. Many of them in substandard housing conditions.

How do we make this an issue for those who are not connected to any risk?
What have activists and the homeless community learned from Oppenheimer Park or Occupy?
What has city council learned since 2008?

Water issues (like pollution and tanker traffic)

Submited by Roy Mulder (rsmulder[at]shaw.ca) for Vancouver ChangeCamp 2011.

Vancouver has the ocean next to it as well as many creeks and rivers running through it. Often water is overlooked, as it doesn’t fall into the city’s jurisdiction. Land based pollution from up-river and serious threats like oil tankers aren’t discussed enough at a city level. Perhaps it is time to build community around the issues that are affected by the water next to them. There are plans to increase tanker traffic through the Burrard Inlet. This could severely affect the city when something happens.
It seems logical for the people being affected by an activity to participate in having a say in how it is used.