I have been reading Naomi Klein's book, "This changes everything". She lays out the transformative change our society, globally, must make just to adjust to the climate impact coming, that is already in the air, and what we have to do to keep below the 2 degree mark. Go to the last chapter! This is where it is important to us as a Cooperative. Klein indicates that no transformative change has ever been made without a cultural, value shift that involved PEOPLE JUST COMING TOGETHER and saying enough is enough. It reminds me of Margaret Mead famous quote, "Never underestimate the power of a small group of people to make a difference. It is the only thing that ever does." This is us the Whitchurch-Stouffville Community Energy Co-operative.
That is why we are together. It is not just to operate a renewable energy generator to make money. We exist to bring like-minded people together to influence change in our community and to support each other as we adjust to the negative influence of climate change while looking for a more quality environment for our families.
On Jan 20th, the Board will present an offer to Town Council to essentially capitalize on the work undertaken by our Coop over the last three years.
We are calling it a partnership - our proposal is for the transfer of the Feed in Tariff to the Town with the opportunity of the Town making a net income - that is right a NET income of over $800,000 over the 20 years of the contract.
We hope to recover our costs and to set up an environmental legacy fund which the community in partnership with the co-operative can use to build a more environmentally sustainable community.
This is the practical thing to be doing because with all the obstacles we have had to overcome including the $100,000 security deposit required by the last Council - we have just run out of time to raise the capital and we cannot take the risk of losing the valued FIT contract.
Our proposal, which we will bring to the AGM, accomplishes our vision and gives us space to decide on future activities.
We are starting to see a wave of change. Ontario will have a carbon tax next year. Politicians are becoming willing to make the decisions that must be made in order to facilitate the transformative change required.
We are trusting that the current Council will have the wisdom and courage to see the"gift" we are offering and to think locally and act locally.