This page presents a selection of recent and past projects completed by Rick Searle, either by him alone or with team members through his companies, Rick Searle & Associates initially and EKOS Communications since the early 2000s.
Old Growth Forests: Logging vs Tourism On Vancouver Island
A David vs Goliath battle is taking place in BC. Local governments are taking on the province’s forest industry – long a dominant and economically and politically powerful force on land-use decisions. They have been caught completely off-guard by what it is widely perceived as an attack by a group of organizations that have historically been allies. At present, the two largest and powerful in their own right are the Union of BC Municipalities and the BC Chamber of Commerce. Together, and with other local government bodies, they are a David capable of delivering a well-aimed punch that would cause considerable damage to doing business as usual. This was revealed at last year’s convention of the Union of BC Municipalities where delegates voted overwhelmingly in support of a resolution calling for a ban on logging old growth on Vancouver Island.
Putting A Value on Nature (August, 2016)
The Town of Gibsons, on BC’s Sunshine Coast, has embarked upon an innovative and challenging approach to what they consider municipal assets and how these will be managed. They are treating wetlands and other ecosystems as natural capital, are putting a value on the services they provide, and integrating this value into their asset management strategy, official community plan, and annual financial statements. Read more about it here.
Wetlands Matter (February, 2016)
A short (15.5 min) documentary using primarily whiteboard animation techniques incorporating existing footage, images and other materials.
EKOS Communications completed production of the documentary, Wetlands Matter, in January 2016. It’s national and international premiere occurred on Feb. 2nd, World Wetlands Day, thanks to the enthusiastic support of ShawTV community cable channels in Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta and through social media networks linked back to the video on Youtube or Vimeo.
The production had partial financial support from the Lake Winnipeg Foundation, International Institute for Sustainable Development, Ducks Unlimited Canada, and Manitoba Conservation Districts Association as well as a number of individuals through a GoFundMe crowdfunding campaign.
Work has begun on writing a book on the issue and a teacher/instructor guide for the video is contemplated.
Third International Marine Conservation Congress (March, 2014)
A video produced for the Society of Conservation Biology to promote greater awareness of and attendance at the congress. Intended audiences: scientists, non-government organizations, government managers, and students with interests in marine conservation.
Learning to Live with Large Carnivores (October, 2009)
An educational/training e-booklet developed in collaboration with Parks Canada aimed at reducing human-wildlife conflicts in and around Pacific Rim National Park. Intended audiences: park staff, resort owners, local municipalities, and tour guides.
BC Parks 100th Celebration (July 2011)
This video was produced in association with the Elders Council for Parks and Protected Areas of British Columbia and was intended to mark the 100th anniversary of the provincial park system of BC in 2011.
Biodiversity of the Caribbean – Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (Dec., 2008)
Stewards of the Land
This video profiles three BC residents from diverse backgrounds who have taken stewardship of their lands to heart and have put into practice concrete measures to fulfill their intentions. It was broadcast by the NewVI and Knowledge Network.
“Adapting to Climate Change in the Lower Mainland of British Columbia”
was one of two videos produced in 2008 to help stimulate a discussion among policy makers and climate scientists. They were part of a larger project funded largely by Natural Resources Canada.
Energy Efficiency Initiatives at Lower Fort Garry National Historic Site
This video gives a brief overview to the various energy efficiency initiatives undertaken at Lower Fort Garry National Historic Site in Manitoba.
Productions by Rick Searle
The Green Magazine – Ann Dale – Educating for Ecological Literacy and Sustainability
A November 21, 1998 interview with Dr. Ann Dale who at the time was a Senior Associate of the Sustainable Development Research Institute at the University of British Columbia. Rick Searle conducted the interview as one of the programs for “The Green Magazine” – a half-hour talk show he hosted and produced for CJVI/AM 900 from 1998 – 1999.