Fall of 2020 I was contacted by representatives of Cascade Head Biosphere Reserve to participate in a listening tour they were conducting with various County stakeholders. Essentially, they appear to be using a listening tour concept for documenting the community’s general understanding and awareness of the reserve. At that time I was completely unaware of it’s United Nations designation and what it might all mean.
In December 2020 my son and I hiked Hart’s Cove Trail and I’ve spent more time diving into the structural aspects of why the UN created the Man and the Biosphere (MAB) Programme and continuing to research various threads related to the subject. My first blog post can be found here (https://ocean18.com/environment/cascade-head-biosphere-reserve-part-1/)
A few weeks ago I published the video on this subject. My intention is to amplify our reserve and the opportunities that run parallel with it as a UN defined area. Additionally, I have learned about the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals. In my mind they provide a structural framework – a tangible vison – for how we might aspire, define and measure our community’s health and wellness across many dimensions of life experience.
While it might be seen as a lofty aspiration: “leaving no-one behind” in spirit, economic, social, and environmental dimensions of human experience: I believe we need to pursue it. One of the better videos on this can be viewed here. Community Foundations of Canada, provides a high-level overview as to what the UN SDGs are and why they’re important at the local, national and international level.
More to come on this from me…