How much do you care about the future of our parish?

Maybe that is the question that Mairi should be asking – to encourage each of us to go along to the free film and presentation, she has organised, this evening at the Victory Hall, Benderloch from 7 pm.

The topic is In Transition – which means little to most of us.

But its about our future, giving us a say in our  sustainability, control over our carbon footprint, and the legacy we leave for future generations RIGHT HERE.

Its not an ephemeral, unachievable, meaningless goal, – it’s already being acted on positively in other communities around the country, and bringing great benefits to all sectors of the population.

It’s about change – changing how we think, how we use our resources, and how we grasp the opportunities that a low carbon future can bring us HERE.

The leading light is Totnes, but there are many others.

This is from the Transition towns wiki – it may help explain the ideas a little more, and so encourage you to attend the meeting tonight and take advantage of being able to talk directly to Eva Schonveld of Transition Scotland who is coming up especially to see us.

from http://www.transitiontowns.org/

A Transition Initiative is a community (lots of examples here) working together to look Peak Oil and Climate Change squarely in the eye and address this BIG question:

“for all those aspects of life that this community needs in order to sustain itself and thrive, how do we significantly increase resilience (to mitigate the effects of Peak Oil) and drastically reduce carbon emissions (to mitigate the effects of Climate Change)?”

After going through a comprehensive and creative process of:

  • awareness raising around peak oil, climate change and the need to undertake a community lead process to rebuild resilience and reduce carbon
  • connecting with existing groups in the community
  • building bridges to local government
  • connecting with other transition initiatives
  • forming groups to look at all the key areas of life (food, energy, transport, health, heart & soul, economics & livelihoods, etc)
  • kicking off projects aimed at building people’s understanding of resilience and carbon issues and community engagement
  • eventually launching a community defined, community implemented “Energy Descent Action Plan” over a 15 to 20 year timescale

This results in a coordinated range of projects across all these areas of life that strives to rebuild the resilience we’ve lost as a result of cheap oil and reduce the community’s carbon emissions drastically.

December 13, 2009   Posted in: Benderloch, Environment, Event, Recycling, Renewable Energy, Transition

One Response

  1. editor - December 13, 2009

    GREAT meeting Mairi, so heartening to see SO many people there, so many ideas, and such enthusiasm.

    Keep us all posted of the feedback you have collected from all the meetings, and when the next phase is organised.

    Count us in!

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