Climate Connections Trail Opens in Kamloops
At the end of September, the City of Kamloops unveiled an interpretive educational program in West Highland Park: the Climate Connections Trail. The trail aims to inspire exploration, reflection, and local climate action, and it was collaboratively designed with contributions from Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc, Interior Community Services, Kamloops Food Policy Council, Kamloops Naturalist Club, WildSafeBC, Kamloops Museum and Archives, and Kamloops-Thompson school district No. 73, along with support from the Aberdeen Neighbourhood Association.
The Climate Connections Trail is a 1.8km walking loop trail that features signage with the following topics:
- Mindful Connections with Nature;
- Land and Language Poem;
- Urban Ecosystems Matter;
- Energy Use Matters;
- Food Matters;
- Transportation Choices Matter;
- Local Climate Solutions;
- Climate-Ecosystem Connections;
- Secwépemc Seasonal Rounds; and
- A Secwépemc Stsptékwll (Story).
These topics follow the City of Kamloops’s Community Climate Action Plan (CCAP) that identifies eight strategic focus areas that target community greenhouse gas emissions sources. The Climate Connections Trail is meant to educate the public about the CCAP while experiencing nature in one of Kamloops’s city parks.