B.C. Sustainable Energy founder discusses green alternatives for daily commuters

Karla Karcioglu, Roving Editor Ω

Guy Dauncey asks the audience if they think it's possible to shift to 50 per cent use of electric vehicles. Karla Karcioglu/The Omega

Guy Dauncey asks the audience if they think it’s possible to shift to 50 per cent use of electric vehicles. Karla Karcioglu/The Omega

The historic Plaza Hotel in downtown Kamloops welcomed the British Columbia Sustainable Energy Association (BCSEA) and their founder and president, Guy Dauncey, for his lecture titled, “Beyond Oil: Imagining the Future.”

His wacky and humorous personality kept a full room of approximately 30 people amused and engaged while he explored serious issues surrounding global warming, with figures and diagrams about oil consumption and rising sea levels.

According to Dauncey’s presentation, 40 per cent of light oil use is from cars and trucks. Dauncey offered a list of steps for commuters to become oil-free.

His steps include converting a percentage of all our daily trips to walking, cycling, transit, ride sharing, car sharing, using hybrid and fully-electric vehicles and also by working from home.

With the proper infrastructure in place from the various forms of government, and the ever-increasing presence of green technology, Dauncey said daily travel could become 100 per cent oil-free.

“It’s not just solutions,” Dauncey said, “but a transition of the way we live.”

His main recommendation was community engagement.

Not everyone in the audience was in support of the presentation, but Kamloops city councillor Arjun Singh said people like Dauncey are important to have around.

“People need to stop thinking this is a hippie or new-age movement,” Singh said, adding that he thinks the only way to solve environmental issues is for everyone to find a way to work together.

TRU has been a leader in enhancing the community’s understanding of environmental issues, according to Singh.

“Ties from the community and the university are important,” said Cheryl Kabloona, Kamloops BCSEA chapter chair. She said TRUSU has been a strong supporter of the organization.