Ben Geselbracht is a Nanaimo city councillor and Regional District director. He is currently the 2nd Vice President of the Association of Vancouver Island Coastal Communities. Ben is working with his colleagues to apply the doughnut economics framework to the city of Nanaimo’s programs and planning to guide developing a thriving city that respects the health of the whole planet and well-being of all people. Ben has worked hard in getting the Nanaimo region to adopt an ambitious target of diverting 90% of its waste from landfill by 2030 to support creating the circular economy of the future. He has since been stewarding implementation of the plan to achieve this as chair of the Nanaimo Regional Solid Waste committee. Ben believes strongly that we must address head on the challenge of climate change and that in order to do this successfully, issues of social inequity must be addressed.