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11 Feb 2010

A Round-up of What’s Happening out in the World of Transition

part of TNWe haven’t done one of these for a while, so here, thanks to the marvel that is Google Alerts, is a taste of some of things underway out there in Transition-land.  For more regular and formal updates you can subscribe to Transition Network News, but these irregular digests offer a more informal and random insight into what you are up to.  Congratulations to Transition Horncastle for being selected to compete in the British Gas Green Streets project, which could win them £100,000 to spend on a local environmental project if they are the best at achieving the Green Streets project’s objectives. And well done TT West Kirby for being awarded funds for their Youth Inclusion Project. Congratulations also to TT Kingston for their Green Guardian award and TN’s Shaun Chamberlin’s Green Champion award, both sponsored by the Kingston Guardian newspaper and the local council.

There have been lots of exciting local events to get involved in. Transition Town Brixton cooked up some seasonal cabbage recipes for their ‘I hate cabbage’ event at Brixton Village market’s ‘Tasty January’. So does everyone in Brixton now love cabbage?…  Transition Town Clitheroe is planning to make the town’s flower beds into edible vegetable patches for all to share. And here’s a lovely post to cheer us on the way to Spring, with some positive thoughts about getting stuck into the garden already and growing more food. Even the local council is helping by opening up local growing spaces for community gardening. And we look forward to hearing about Transition Chester’s January weekend festival.

In the US, towns are rushing to make the Transition to low-carbon communities including TT Berea, which has started a community campaign of ‘50×25’ to reduce its energy use by 50%, and also get 50% of its food and energy from local sources, all by 2025…and Transition Reno kicks off with action on awareness raising. Also in the US, there’s a Transition Farm (not official) in North Carolina, with a little film to enjoy as well… and TT Charlotte together with the Energy Committees of Charlotte and Shelbourne are working with Efficiency Vermont to bring a new energy-saving program to local residents. And from Canada, we have a little movie all about some of the wonderful activities that Transition groups in Calgary are up to.

Over in Oz, TT Baroondara is enjoying summer berry harvesting, while TT Hervey Bay and Hervey Bay Seedsavers Bank have given gifts of pidgeon pea seeds to local residents to encourage them to transition their gardens into food production as a way of reducing the region’s carbon output. In February, Sonya of TT Sunshine Coast will formally deliver Australia’s first Energy Descent Action Plan to their regional council, while TT Sunshine Coast and TT Kurilpa have been active at the Woodford Folk Festival to raise awareness about Transition Towns and encourage more people to join.

My thanks to Helen for pulling this together.

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10 Comments

Brad Vietje
11 Feb 3:13pm

Thanks for the round-up! All these steps are leading us in the right direction — toward local food, local economies and local solutions.

Great web-based clearing house for state-wide activities here in Vermont at the Transition Vermont web page.

Together, we can change the world.

John Robottom
12 Feb 11:56am

Transition Southport has been awarded £4900 by Big Lottery Fund which will be put towards purchase of projection equipment and library of books and DVD’s.
Funds will also be used for publicity and projects such as production of a Local Food Guide and joint sponsorship of a Green Fayre in local park.

Victoria Briggs
12 Feb 2:15pm

As an addition to the news!

Taunton Transition Town have been awarded a £5,600 grant from the local authority to fund some green mentoring schemes in the local community all to help households save money and cope with the recession. Taunton Transition Town are hoping to fund mentors in projects such as a food co-op and make-do-and-mend sessions to name but a few.

Social comments and analytics for this post…

This post was mentioned on Twitter by robintransition: Here is a digest of some of the things happening out there in Transition initiatives. http://tinyurl.com/yfohujf. Eclectic stuff……

Linda
12 Feb 6:55pm

Transition Town Dorchester heard today we’ve been given £2,500 to help our transition activities and Turn Lyme Green has £3000 towards raising awareness of peak oil and climate change.

Paul
13 Feb 12:35am

Here’s an update of what’s happening in the world of transition from Japan. Last August, we had a very successful Summer Transition Festival in Tokyo in which 8 emerging Transition Towns took part and over 100 people participated in.

On Saturday February 27th (from 10am to 8pm) we will have a One-day Transition Conference in Maron Hall in Koganei City (in the west of Tokyo). There are now 12 emerging Transition Towns in Japan, 2 of which (Fujino & Hayama) are now official transition initiatives. This one-day conference will be an opportunity for members of each the 12 initiatives to share what’s going on in our towns, to explore ways for us to support each other & to make plans to further expand our transition projects in 2010.

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dan
14 Feb 6:52pm

glad to see reno nevada on the list of transition towns.here in the less than bountiful high desert we need to talk about sustainability in a land of little rain and an economy based on the something for nothing mentality of gambling. las vegas,with less water and a population more than triple that of renos would do well to start thinking about this.

dunk
15 Feb 2:17am

Another addition to the news!

2, maybe more, transition groups have signed up to the KLIMAFORUM DECLARATION, which was the outcome of the peoples forum while the disaster of COP15 was underway. We hope more transition groups think about signing up.

Barcelona en Transició and Future Proof, Barcelona in Catalunya(spain) and Kilkenny in Ireland are the 2 groups.

related info
KLIMAFORUM DECLARATION – System Change – Not Climate Change
http://climatecaravan.wordpress.com/2010/01/13/klimaforum-declaration/

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