The Nk’mip Desert Cultural Centre in Osoyoos is located in southern British Columbia, the site of Canada’s only desert eco-system. The centre is at the forefront of rattlesnake and endangered plant conservation. Art gets a lesson in handling rattlesnakes and takes a tour of this award-winning green facility. Protecting the fragile desert eco-system is a priority for the Osoyoos First Nation.
The community’s business ventures, including the Spirit Ridge Resort and Nk’Mip Cellars, have preservation plans that protect the region’s indigenous plants and animals. Spirit Ridge Vineyard Resort and Spa is known for its commitment to environmental sustainability. On his tour of the resort, Art discovers that every department, from the kitchen to housekeeping to maintenance, has a green energy plan.
Chavannes Jean-Baptiste founded the Peasant Movement of Papay in Haiti in 1973. Since then, he has been working with peasant farmers to teach them low-impact, organic farming techniques. After the earthquake, his efforts to transform Haiti back into a farm-based nation has become even more urgent. Educated as an agronomist, Chavannes received the Goldman Environment Prize in 2005 for his work on forest protection.