Judith Sayers is a former chief, a negotiator and a pioneer in helping First Nations get involved in the renewable energy business. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery and today 125 of the 203 First Nations in BC are involved in renewable energy projects.
Leaders in the Canadian hydropower industry believe North America can dam its way to a cooler climate, but some experts say that continual increases in energy supply -- whatever the source -- are not the optimal response to the climate crunch. The answer is not more energy, but much more efficient use of it.
The unchecked development of hydropower resources is like "draining the pond to catch the fish" experts warn, resulting in a water crisis in rivers and valleys on the one hand and a large waste of financial resources through the construction of crippled water projects on the other.