We hope to work on our Mission and Vision statements this year, but here’s a draft of what they might look like:
Village Surrey responds to contemporary challenges – including climate change, scarce cheap oil, and economic volatility – by making our communities more resilient. We foster community connections, food security, and the development of skills, knowledge and technologies to transition to a less energy intensive and healthier way of life.
What does a resilient Surrey look like? It is a network of thriving, pedestrian-friendly neighbourhoods. Each neighbourhood is organized around a rapid transit hub, a local marketplace, and a handful of local education and cultural centres. High-density residential neighbourhoods feature passive solar housing and a variety of welcoming public spaces, powered by biomass, solar, or geothermal district heating and cooling.
A Surrey that is powered by a decentralized, renewable, low-carbon energy grid will be resilient to climate change. A well-designed transportation system – prioritizing transit, active transportation and shared vehicles – connects our neighbourhoods and efficiently moves people and goods without being carbon intensive.
Entrepreneurs, small businesses, social enterprises, and cooperatives form the backbone of a dynamic local economy. Our city’s economy is diverse and largely self-reliant. We use local materials, capital and labour to provide meaningful employment, meet local needs, and promote local trade. We witness a community agriculture renaissance, which reduces the carbon footprint of our food system, rejuvenates depleted soils, promotes health, and creates opportunities for meaningful work.
Socially and culturally, citizens of Surrey strive to improve their individual and collective well-being rather than pursue consumption and economic growth as the panacea for all challenges. We prize materially simpler lifestyles centered on sharing and mutual support.
Politically, we pursue strong, democratic neighbourhood governance systems such as neighbourhood councils, participatory budgeting, and cooperative economic development. City and provincial governments support a diversity of transformative activities through appropriate policies and incentive programs.
Surrey can be a truly resilient city that thrives amid the challenges of the 21st century.