Full Name and Title
Laura Sacks, Regional Organizer for BC Interior and North
I always had a deep love of nature, and chose to pursue degrees in geology and environmental science. I worked for years as a hydrologist, and found the scientific process stimulating but frustratingly slow in affecting policy. I am also the mother of two daughters. To shake things up, our family relocated from the city to rural BC when our kids were still young. I operated a small organic farm and loved inviting the community to help with harvesting and work parties. A young couple now operates the farm, and I focus my energy on climate activism. I'm excited to have recently taken on my Regional Organizer role for Community Climate Hubs.
Why did you join the climate movement/what pushed you to become interested in climate change issues?
I have been concerned about climate change for many years, but I got booted into climate activism a few years back after taking some courses on current state of climate science -- and seeing us tracking "business as usual" into societal collapse.
What is one achievement you are proud of?
Founding our local chapter of Citizens' Climate Lobby, and bringing together a multi-generational and positive group of folks committed to working on climate solutions.
What was your most iconic/memorable Act of Leadership?
Helping with "Parachutes for the Planet" initiative was pretty memorable, bringing it to schools and community groups in our area. The art process is a really helpful way to help people engage with the climate crisis and solutions. I then helped with local, provincial, and national displays of the Parachutes. Shown together they make a very powerful and beautiful statement.
What are some climate change initiatives you are currently taking part in?
I'm currently working to get climate change back as a priority of the Columbia Basin Trust -- an important funder for our region -- by encouraging Climate Caucus members to get city councils to draft letters to the Trust, citizens to participate in public consultations, and everyone to attend their AGM expressing their concern. I'm also excited to be working on a Countdown TEDx event for our community.
What do you think is the most effective way for people to take climate action?
This so much depends on what people's skills and passions are, as we need everyone! But most importantly is that they join together with others and be willing to get outside their comfort zone.
What is a fun fact about yourself?
I have been planting lavender on my acreage over the past few year, and this year I made about 700 mL of lavender essential oil. Thinking of selling some with the tag line "solace for an uncertain world!"