Who are we? And why?

How should we define the coalition and its core goal? Help us refine it.

Background about the coalition: The Garden City Lands Coalition evolved from citizens and groups working largely separately toward roughly the same goal. They were brought together as a coalition mainly by Richmond council’s March 2008 public hearings about an application to remove the lands from the ALR. They are also known as “Friends of Garden City” and “Save Garden City” supporters, and they have an incorporated society that facilitates leadership.

Background about the goal: We keep refining the way we express who we are. Central to that is the statement of our core goal. It has remained the same in essence, but feedback leads to highlighting of different existing aspects. For instance, feedback suggests some current needs:

  • Stewardship has always been implicit, but our stewardship role needs to be more explicit.
  • We used to refer to “community benefit” because it was the term for supposed grounds to exclude the lands from the ALR, and our role was to show that the community benefit was not from high-density construction. We have always used the term “community wellness” as well, since it is appropriate to our aim, and we can now emphasize it.
  • It helps if the goal can somehow convey that stewarding the lands includes respecting what nature has spent millenia creating there, which is more than a big green space waiting for humans to create something. That’s hard to include briefly and clearly, though.

Current draft: What follows is a current draft definition of the Garden City Lands Coalition in green, with the core goal in brighter green.

The Garden City Lands Coalition is a community of citizens united by a shared community-service commitment:

To keep the Garden City Lands green in B.C.’s Agricultural Land Reserve and to help steward their natural treasure for agricultural, ecological and open-land park uses for community wellness.

The community-service commitment is most directly for the diverse residents of the Richmond City Centre Area, where the lands are located, but also for the whole city, province, and world, and it is for the present and all generations to come.

What do you think? If you’re supportive, your input is welcome and will be heeded—at least considered and probably incorporated in one way or another. Ideally, respond briefly and constructively in a comment at the bottom of this post. If you’re uncomfortable with blog comments, you can alternatively send a message, with “goal” in the subject line, to the coalition’s email address.

Thanks!

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3 Comments »

  1. 1
    June Says:

    There are environmental uses too if the Garden City Lands are the carbon sink that some people have said they are. Does that come under ‘ecological’?

  2. 2
    kewljim Says:

    Yes, when I think about it, I can see how it does. The ecological uses would involve putting aside a large area for restoration of the bog ecosystem, which has been conserved just well enough to survive but requires scientifically-sound rehydration steps as a basic much-needed way to encourage native species and discourage invasive ones. Renewing the living spagnum bog in that way would get it functioning effectively again to take in and store greenhouse gases. So the ecological use would enable improved environmental use.

  3. 3
    CAROL DAY Says:

    Who are we ? Well it has been a honor to be a part of the Garden City land Coalition because have have got the job done . By keeping the Garden City Lands in the news and on people’s minds we helped to convince the city to purchase these unique lands from the federal government. Who are we now ? Well we are dedicated citizens who want to continue to influence the City of Richmond to keep the Garden city lands in the ALR and only allow uses permitted in that zoning. Who will be be ? Well we are stewards who want to make sure the future of the lands will be GREEN and we are working hard to that goal.

    Anything is possible when enough people get involved we have made incredible progress ! We are how ever just getting started! if you haven’t already attended a GCLC function please consider it now because you will get as excited as we are about the future of the Garden City Lands.

    Thanks for your support

    Carol Day……Director


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