The 2020 VISION & DECLARATION
FOR THE OKANAGAN VALLEY, BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA
TO BECOME 100% ORGANIC BY THE YEAR 2020
WE HEREBY WITNESS THE OKANAGAN VALLEY TO BE A
WILDERNESS TREASURE AND HEREBY DECLARE IT TO BE A
DIAMOND ON OUR EMERALD PLANET
FOR ALL TO BEHOLD.
We, the undersigned, do hereby declare the Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, Canada, a unique, highly fragile agricultural and residential region that is threatened and endangered. We hereby declare that we shall transition all of our lawns, gardens, municipal areas, parks, school playgrounds, sports and recreational areas, orchards, vineyards, and farms of all kinds, to certified organic practices celebrating full community participation by the year 2020, with progress reports on creating this world model upon each of the four solstice and equinox dates.
We understand that in nature we are all interconnected, we live by and for each other, one whole living entity that includes all there is. Our highest intention is the perpetuation and protection for all on our planet.
“Anywhere grapes grow is the ideal place for us humans to live” ~ Anonymous
Our 135-km-long Okanagan Lake supplies a large portion of the region’s drinking water, and has one of the slowest Klein Systems, clearing itself only every 80 years. It has for decades been surrounded by mountainous wilderness for hundreds of kilometers in every direction, creating a unique and pristine agricultural oasis. This highly vulnerable and delicate eco-system has been historically protected by the original stewards, the Okanagan Indigenous Peoples. It is now crying for regeneration from the relentless unnatural blows of the present population explosion.
The Okanagan Valley is the northernmost viticulture area in the world, with the least amount of pests of any region in the world, making it the easiest to achieve organic transition.
The economic rewards and sustainability of growing organic are now proven positive, thanks in great part to worldwide enthusiasm. Statistics are showing huge market share leaps in the consumption of organic foods and beverages. As well, organic farms are now demonstrating that organic practices are cost effective.
Organic growing and consumption is the foundation of proactive healthy living versus reactive practices and treatments. The plants remain naturally resistant to disease under a holistic program just as we humans become our healthiest with daily exercise and by consuming organic foods and beverages.
Organic wine is the single fastest growing segment in the wine industry worldwide. The fledgling yet already world famous Okanagan Valley will become a model for the world, demonstrating harmony with Mother Nature and opening the opportunity for everyone in the valley to flourish. Tourism and all businesses will boom, representing abundance that is the world’s natural heritage. Health statistics and vitality levels will be vastly improved and well-noted.
Therefore, in highest intention, we the undersigned heed this
CALL TO ACTION
We agree with this declaration, and by signing, agree:
– To share the 2020 vision with our friends and family
– To grow, buy, and consume local organic
– To ask where our food and beverages come from and how they’re grown
– To consider transitioning our lawns to gardens, and to xeriscape our properties
– To urge all commercial chemical farming owners to consider the future for all our children and their children’s sake
Residences of the Okanagan may contact Stephen Cipes to sign this declaration in person. firstname.lastname@example.org
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