The 4th VIU Biosphere Conversation took place this past weekend at the Deep Bay Marine Field Station. Nearly 20 people from across Vancouver Island, including from VIU, Royal Roads University and the University of Victoria gathered together to reflect on the role of the post-secondary institution in sustainability on Vancouver Island.
Some of the ideas discussed during the weekend included: whether or not the concept of sustainability was still relevant in a 21st century world occupied with so much human catastrophe; the meaning of sustainability and how its meaning differs from person to person; and ways to build and retain passion for making positive change in light of time, financial, political and other pressures. There was also discussion about how post-secondary institutions on Vancouver Island might work more collaboratively on ensuring both environmental health and community wellbeing for this Vancouver Island ecosystem.
The biosphere conversation takes place in the form of a retreat, with brief conversation starter presentations followed by relaxed group discussions. These were moderated by Dr. John Black, VIU’s Acting Dean of Social Sciences. There was also abundant time during the weekend for small group and one-on-one conversations. Post-event follow up for the Biosphere Conversations is limited to individual reflection, inspiration and action.
The group also enjoyed a Saturday afternoon tour of the Big Qualicum Hatchery in Qualicum Beach, led by Michael Recalma; which included a great black bear encounter.
Catering for the event was provided by Tria Culinary Studio. http://www.bluemoonwinery.ca/tria_home.html
The previous Biosphere Conversation focused on food security on Vancouver Island. The next one will take place sometime in 2012. For more information, please contact Dr. John Black at Vancouver Island University.