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Scrabble, Transitioning a Town, and a little whining

Monday, March 30th, 2009

by Tao Oliveto, Carrboro, NC

I spent a beautiful, wet, green Spring weekend with a lot of ah-ha’s. First, I found out that candlelight at night is really fun, especially playing board games (how did YOU spend Earth Hour on Saturday night?)

Second. Last night was our 4th meeting for Transition Culture planning and I learned that even realtors can do a lot to help move us towards environmentally conscious living/owning of properties…

…and third, that there are all different ages and kinds of people that are willing and ready to work towards Change for a more positive future.

But, more on that later – my biggest ah-ha was when I was biking home – it had gotten dark, the temperature had dropped, and in my “it’s Spring” excitement, I had not packed an extra coat. So, I was pedaling along, getting a little bit whiny about the cold wind whipping through my shirt and my positive mood from the meeting was feeling threatened. But then, as I rode along, I asked myself an important question, “Would I rather be anywhere else, or in a car right now? I immediatedly answered, “no”, even as I shivered as an extra cold gust came up. When I got home, it occurred to me:

There’s a fine line between whining and LIVING.

Help me think more about this. In the meantime, below is what last night’s group put together as a more detailed description of Transition Town process. Take a look below – and consider the possibility of your own town in “Transition”.

Transitioning Towns for a Sustainable Future

Tuesday, February 10th, 2009

by Tao Oliveto, Carrboro, NC

Perhaps Inspiration is like the ocean – once you catch a wave, it’s a big ride!

This past weekend, I attended the local kick-off meeting for Transition Towns. This began innocently enough through an email from a friendly acquaintance who lives and works on a sustainable farm project near Carrboro. Her name is Margaret, she is one of those sensitive but powerful women who wants to do the work and have her party, too – she exudes a sincere enthusiasm when it comes to changing and shaping our local future and it’s contagious. And from the size of the group who showed up (on a beautiful Spring Sunday), I’m not the only one who feels that way. In fact, I feel like I’ve been waiting for this – an opportunity to stop simply musing and hoping (and writing about) a better future and get my hands in something positive and tangible. Thanks Margaret!!!

Transition Culture was founded by Rob Hopkins in the UK. With an impressive environmental resume in permaculture, resource management and local initiatives, he has created a wave of change that is catching on all over the world. Transistion Towns looks at how we can face climate change and peak oil through the same creativity, ingenuity and adaptability it took to get us here. The emphasis lies on a collective plan to act early with awareness raising, connections with groups and local governmetnt to increase resilience so that communities can individually sustain and thrive with positive energy rather than fear.

Don’t assume this is just another ORG that will get lost in the shuffle. Transition Towns is user-friendly and focused. Rob Hopkins has written an accompanying guide, The Transition Handbook – From Oil Dependency to Local Resilience. It is a precise, detailed how-to manual with three sections, entitiled Head, Heart, and Hands and outlines 12 steps of action.

From the website: There are now over 40 Transition Towns in the UK, with more joining as the idea takes off. With little proactivity at government level, communities are taking matters into their own hands and acting locally. If your town is not a Transition Town, this upbeat guide offers you the tools for starting the process. It is a process which is, as Richard Heinberg writes in his Foreword, “more like a party than a protest march”.



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