Hope Through Action

Discover DOWN TO YOU podcast, a jargon-free, high-energy podcast that uncovers net zero solutions in communities across British Columbia, brought to you by the Fraser Basin Council’s Youth Program. Get immersed in stories of bold youths who are reducing their climate footprint and offering inspiring solutions for net-zero future. Together, we are empowering Canadians to take action towards a more sustainable future. We can all support and contribute to broader goals and policies that will set Canada towards its path to achieving net-zero.

Introducing Down to You

featured episode

Cultivating Earth

Creative use for available land

How can we be creative and active in our relationship to the land? How do we create good practices to engage with the earth and each other? In the sixth episode of Down to You, we discuss how we can work together to educate and innovate how we use the land we live on. Our guests address the gaps in access to eco-friendly practices and examine how a thoughtful relationship to the planet is necessary for climate action. Hear from Katie Forsyth in Kamloops, BC, and Tessa Mckamey in Mission, BC, who share their grassroots efforts to cultivate the earth with friendly composting and regenerative farming.

Episode Guests

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Katie Forsyth is located in Kamloops, BC. One half of Friendly Composting (the other half is her best friend Claire McLoughlin), she runs a composting business which began in March 2020 when the duo noticed a gap in accessibility to residential composting within Kamloops. Forsyth and McLoughlin started with an Instagram post for friends and family, scavenged buckets from Kijiji and thrift stores, and collected compost out of the back of an SUV. They quickly grew to over 500 collections a week. Over the past 3 years, their business has grown and changed immensely. Kamloops instituted residential composting as of August 2023 and so Friendly Composting now focuses on education and composting for large events, businesses and commercial ventures, particularly restaurants.

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Tessa Mckamey is a farmer located in and growing out of Mission, BC. She is focused on no-till and no-spray regenerative farming, with a bedrock of grassroots practices. Mckamey quit her day job because she hated being in an office all day. She felt lost before turning to what she already knew, which was growing food. Mckamey began participating at the Mission Farmers Market and offered Community Support Agriculture (CSA) boxes for sale to her community. She is currently organizing with other farmers to gain access to and grow food on unused land in her locality.

Resources
How to Transform Your Lawn into a Garden – Growing with Nature – practical guide on transforming your lawn into a garden
 
 
Regenerative Agriculture 101 (nrdc.org) – Regenerative Agriculture basics
 
http://www.myclimatechangegarden.com/blog/hanging-city-gardens-reduce-food-imports – Resource for gardeners learning how to garden in the times of climate change
 
Composting 101 (nrdc.org) – Composting basics
 
 
The BC Farmers’ Market Trail · (bcfarmersmarkettrail.com) – The BC Farmers’ Market Trail is your quickest route to fresh, local, in-season food and artisan goods, direct from the people who produce them.
 
Purppl – Personalized coaching and consulting for social entrepreneurs and impact leaders to build regenerative enterprises and initiatives that address systemic inequity.
 
Friendly Composting Inc. – Composting and waste management programs for businesses and events in and around Kamloops, BC
 
 
Farmstead Produce – Mission based Community Shared Agriculture by Tessa

ABOUT Canada's 2030 Emissions Reduction Plan

Inspiring Climate Action

We all want a liveable future—one where our communities, climate and ecosystems are healthy. But it’s hard to know how to contribute to this future or how our own individual actions can really make a difference.

Down to You podcast shares inspiring youth stories and replicable ideas of how individuals can reduce emissions—personally and in their communities. We’re traveling across B.C. to reveal narratives that underscore the transformative qualities of positive personal actions.

Discover the ways that young people and their families work towards climate solutions whether in a mountain village, coastal town or urban center with Brock Endean. This is a jargon-free, dynamic deep dive into ideas that are changing the world one step at a time, whether through waste and food systems, economic development, transportation, water protection and more.

Have your own inspiration and ideas? We want to hear from you about what you’re doing to support net zero solutions in your community or who’s inspiring your own actions.

About Us

Down to You podcast is the latest project of the Fraser Basin Council’s Youth Program. We believe in the power of transforming communities through positive actions. Our work revolves around supporting youth engagement in sustainability initiatives and building their capacity to take on leadership roles in their communities. We engage youth in communities across the province and we want to give our gratitude to the many Indigenous Nations of British Columbia for welcoming us on their unceded ancestral territories where we live and work.

We are thrilled  to bring you net-zero stories by youth from across BC as part of the Down to You podcast, hosted by Hollis Nelson and Alex Penney.

Meet the hosts

Hollis Nelson

Shared territory of musqueam squamish and tsleil-waututh

A hawk of some kind. I’d love to experience their perspective from high in the sky and with such amazing eyesight! They also experience exceptional hearing, with strong beaks and sharp talons that make them amazing hunters and foragers. And finally, the females are bigger than the males!

Thoughtful, creative, dedicated

We all have stories embedded in our being. Be patient, remain curious, hold space, and let the story tell itself.

My journey towards storytelling began in my childhood. I was homeschooled as a child and a lot of my upbringing involved art and make-believe. My dad always encouraged my dreams and my imaginations. For many years my dad and I would make books to give to people for the holiday season.
Together we would write and illustrate these stories as gifts for our loved ones. It was in this collaborative spirit that my storytelling journey began.

I would like to leave my listener with inspiration and hope, with vision and possibility, and with a firm belief in the coming of a better world.

Alex Penney

Squamish/Musqueam/Tsleil Waututh

Tiger. There may be more creative answers, but I would just love to feel what it is like to be a tiger. Agility, awareness and grace in a world of speed, sound and scent. And napsin the sun.

Exploring, Inquiring, Enjoying

Listening is my philosophy. Everyone has something interesting to share.

My introduction to storytelling was through books, family stories, and music. I went on to study Philosophy, where I was drawn to aphorisms and fiction as forms that struck a chord with me. My life eventually led me to music and art, where I now create pieces based on narrative, sometimes in a roundabout way. I tend to tell stories through recording, collecting and collaging. I remix memories from my journey – from people I meet and places I go – to form a story and express an idea.

I would like to share perspectives with others and create more understanding among people and the planet. Sharing stories inspires insight into where we come from, where we are, and where we might be going.

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