The Chair of the Ktunaxa Nation wants a new provincial climate team to relieve headaches for future generations.
Teneese hopes the groups work to raise British Columbians’ consciousness of the issues we’re facing and balancing the need of economic growth but environmental stewardship.
The council will advise government on climate and economic opportunities.
It is set to convene as soon as possible and then will meet quarterly.
Teneese admits when Energy and Climate Change Strategy Minister George Heyman called her to ask if she wanted to be part of the group, she had ask what exactly it would do.
She says once she received more details, she wanted in.
Teneese believes the issue of climate change and the problems were having to dealing with right now can be made less of a burden for our children and their children.
Weeks after unveiling their own solar array and electric vehicle charging stations at the Ktunaxa Nation government building, the Council Chair agrees becoming of a member of this new advisory council adds momentum to their effort to introduce green initiatives in small BC communities.
Teneese hopes other areas can look to them as an example, albeit a small one, of tangible ways to address climate change.
The team is made of a variety of people including mayors, representatives of the forest and petroleum industries, university professors, and First Nation members.
Teneese is hopeful the group isn’t too large and unmanageable but suggests its always a good thing when all corners of the province are represented.
– Ktunaxa Nation Council Chair Kathryn Teneese