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Building Sustainable Communities Conference

If you are attending the Building Sustainable Communities Conference 2009 and taking photos (uploaded to flickr), bookmarking (on delicious) blogging or twittering, please use the tag BSC2009 so we can keep up to date with each others posts. Follow me on Twitter too.

header_everyoneNext week is going to be a little different as I’m away at a conference in Kelowna. This is the Building Sustainable Communities Conference organized by the Fresh Outlook Foundation. The conference gets a great rap from past attendees so I’m looking forward to a great event.

The event starts on Monday night with the screening of two documentaries, described below:

Cover of "Radiant City"

Radiant City,’  shows that something’s happening on the edge of town. There’s a desperate housewife in the parking lot, a musical chorus line mowing the lawn , and a loaded gun in the upstairs closet. Gary Burns, Canada’s king of surreal comedy, joins journalist Jim Brown on an outing to the burbs. Venturing into territory both familiar and foreign, they turn the documentary genre inside out, crafting a vivid account of life in The Late Suburban Age. Sprawl is eating the planet. Across the continent the landscape is being levelled — blasted clean of distinctive features and overlaid with zombie monoculture. Politicians call it growth. Developers call it business. The Moss family calls it home.

Refugees of the Blue Planet It shows that each year, millions of people the world over are driven to forced displacement. From the Maldives to Brazil, and even closer to home, here in Canada, the disturbing accounts of people who have been uprooted are amazingly similar. The enormous pressure placed on rural populations as a result of the degradation of their life-supporting environment is driving them increasingly further from their way of life. Refugees of the Blue Planet sheds light on the little-known plight of a category of individuals who are suffering the repercussions of this reality: environmental refugees. They are constantly growing in number and often have no legal status, even though their right to a clean and sustainable environment has been violated.

And I thought I’d be looking for something to do on Monday night! The Conference proper runs for three whole days, (Tuesday to Thursday), and I’m hoping to be able to live blog the sessions I attend, either as notes or more formal blog posts. I’ll see how it goes. For an example of previous conference liveblogging, check out the BCWWA Conference posts from last year.

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If you are attending the Building Sustainable Communities Conference 2009 and taking photos (uploaded to flickr), bookmarking (on delicious) blogging or twittering, please use the tag BSC2009 so we can keep up to date with each others posts. Follow me on Twitter too.

Mike Thomas

Mike Thomas P.Eng. ENV SP, is the author of UrbanWorkbench.com and Director of Engineering at the City of Revelstoke in the Interior of British Columbia, Canada. If I post something here that you find helpful as you navigate the world of engineering, planning and building communities, that’s wonderful. But when push comes to shove: This is my personal blog. The views expressed on these pages are mine alone and not those of my employer.