There’s a lot of talk about corporate “greenwashing” and how we as consumers fall for it by buying the “green” products and services being pushed on us daily by whoever has the best ad campaign. But better decisions can be made if we simply start educating ourselves to what actually does a service to this planet, and not just clears our conscience. And no effort is too small when it comes to the economic, climate and energy crisis. If you’re not able to make the pilgrimage to Better Farm or an equivalent center of environmental sustainability, then bring the movement to your own hometown (or city) through a Transition Initiative.
Transition Initiatives are based on four key assumptions:
• That life with dramatically lower energy consumption is inevitable, and that it’s better to plan for it than to be taken by surprise.
• That our settlements and communities presently lack the resilience to enable them to weather the severe energy shocks that will accompany peak oil.
• That we have to act collectively, and we have to act now.
• That by unleashing the collective genius of those around us to creatively and proactively design our energy descent, we can build ways of living that are more connected, more enriching and that recognise the biological limits of our planet.
If the idea of a grassroots movement in your own backyard appeals to you, then join Regenerative Culture for the Transition Town Training being offered over the weekend of July 17-19th, at a tba location right here in the city. This training “will show you how to set up and run a successful Transition Initiative. [You will] receive imaginative and inspiring tools for community outreach, education and engagement. Discover how to create positive visions, and move people to positive action.”
Sounds good to me. Unfortunately, I’m already booked that weekend with the start of my Permaculture certificate course, so if anyone does decide to check this Transition workshop out, there’s a guest blogging gig with your name on it!