It also happens that the Kootenays, as a region, takes itself seriously enough to be concerned about all sorts of human social interactions. Over time, the post-colonial people who settled into this regional area have followed, as best they could, a generally charged course of conflict-avoidance. Post-colonial history is marked in strata layers of politically displaced, peace-oriented "foreign" folk: pacifist Russian Dukhobors; American Quakers; interned Issei and Nissei (Japanese-Canadians); Vietnam War detesters/resisters; Somali refugees, et al, all super-imposed on the lands of its original inhabitants: the steadfast First Nation/Native populations.
On the whole, the regional economic focus on resource extraction underpins a nature-loving eco-mindedness that is widespread enough to validate consciousness of what one would think should be an incontrovertible truth: There is no future for anyone - here or anywhere on the planet - if the planet itself goes Kaput.
No clean water, no pure air, no arable soil =s NO PLANET. (See link below for more good info about this.)
There are No Exceptions to this rule. It's a simple truth, one that would be simple to implement if so many of us living on Planet Earth were not simply oblivious to it.
Consume less, reduce waste.
"Recycle, Reuse, Re-purpose" is not simply a "nice idea," it's an absolute necessity required of the human race if it means to survive through the 21st century. Getting comfortable with how to help make it happen may take some doing, but isn't it worth some effort? (Sierra Club club thinks so. See link below.)