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Guy Dauncey's optimistic portrait of a zero-waste, zero-emission Future Vancouver



hose lucky enough to attend the International Climate Impacts and Responses: Implications for BC’s Future dialogue and panel discussion at Simon Fraser University’s Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue were treated to a special luncheon guest speaker, Guy Dauncey. As president of the BC Sustainable Energy Association, a non-profit association of citizens, professionals and practitioners committed to promoting sustainable energy in the province, Dauncey works tirelessly to communicate the urgent need to evolve past our current fossil-fuel dependency toward a cleaner, more ecologically sound future.

Guy Dauncey's
“My Journey to 2030”
in five parts:

Part 1: Home
Part 2: City
Part 3: Farms
Part 4: Economy
Part 5: History

At the event, Dauncey presented “My Journey to 2030,” an optimist’s peek into a future zero-waste Vancouver, one where residents grow their own food, convert composted waste into biogas to run city buses and use geothermal power to heat their homes.

Reading his story outloud, Dauncey painted a future so vivid it seemed imminent. Instead of the usual doom-and-gloom predictions of humans bunkered down in panic chambers, feasting on leftover canned goods and dehydrated ice cream, Dauncey gave his audience an alternate "ending" to the disaster tales we hear daily in the news.

In his story, there is hope coupled with a clear picture of what is possible--really, truly possible--if we make all the right decisions from here on out about how we manage our homes, our cities, our farms and our economy.

Granville Online was so excited to hear Dauncey’s forward-minded tale, we immediately asked to run the story on our site. We’ll be rolling out “My Journey to 2030” in five parts: Home, City, Farms, Economy and History.

We look forward to hearing your thoughts about Dauncey's future Vancouver. To help stir discussion, you'll find plenty of links throughout the story confirming that much of the technology and programs discussed are either working or in the works today.

2030 isn't that far off, and we have a lot of work to do, but perhaps we can use Dauncey's optimistic tale as a sort of planning document, reminding us of what the future might look like if we continue to work hard, live sustainably and dare to believe that the best and brightest accomplishments of our species are still yet to come.

“My Journey to 2030” was presented to International Climate Impacts and Responses: Implications for BC’s Future; SFU Imagine BC – Adaptation to Climate Change Team (www.imaginebc.ca); November 20th, 2008.