Transition US :: August 2011 e-newsletter
Join us for a second insightful conversation with Rob Hopkins, author, Permaculturist and founder of the Transition Towns Movement.
In this conversation we will be asking Rob to go more deeply into the "Ingredients of Transition" as well as answering questions supplied by participants. Transition US board member, author and visionary Vicki Robin will be the host for this call.
A Conversation with Rob Hopkins
Monday, September 12th
8:00 AM Pacific - via conference call
We've been floored by the response to our call with Rob in July, hosted by Richard Heinberg, which has been listened to by well over 1,000 people in just a few short weeks. If you have not heard that yet - Listen to the recording online>>
August Roundup: Transition across the Country - Building on the monthly roundup over at Rob's Transition Culture blog, here are some highlights of what's keeping Transition Initiatives busy across the US...(read more)
Let it go where it needs to go -
TUS Blogger Joanne Poyourow gives a status report on Transition in the big city of Los Angeles, reflecting on group structure and evolution...(read more)
Meeting neighbours + sharing in the harvest - Victory Garden Foundation and Transition Berkeley saw about 30 people during an hour of meeting neighbors and swapping backyard produce at the historical Lorin Station... (read more)
100-mile Potluck + Really Really Free Swap - Transition Cadillac in Michigan convened their first potluck and stuff swap with fruits and veggies grown in local back yards... (read more)
This month we welcome 2 new official Transition Initiatives:
Browse the initiatives map and learn more about becoming an Official Transition Initiative.
Experiment with a one-week carbon cleanse
Transition US is partnering up with the No Impact Project and we encourage you to challenge yourself to the No Impact Experiment: a one-week carbon cleanse.
It is a chance for you to see what a difference no-impact living can have on your quality of life. It’s not about giving up creature comforts but an opportunity for you to test whether the modern “conveniences” you take for granted are actually making you happier or just eating away at your time and money.
Joining is simple! Click here to register
for the next program in collaboration with Yes! Magazine (beginning Sept 18th
). Or, if you are a student participating in your University’s No Impact Week
, register here
. Visit How It Works for step-by-step instructions
and register to download our How-To Manual for day-by-day guidelines. Watch inspiring videos
from past participants about their lessons from the week and what motivated them to try it.
A day to move beyond fossil fuels
Transition US is excited to be teaming up with 350.org on this important day of action. Please check out the Moving Planet website
to find an event near you, or create a new one. It couldn't be easier and at the same time more important!
Moving Planet is a worldwide rally to demand solutions to the climate crisis—a single day to move away from fossil fuels.
For too long, our leaders have denied and delayed, compromised and caved. That era must come to an end.
Come on bike, on skates, on a board, or on foot.
Come with your neighbors and your friends, your family and your co-workers. Come be part of something huge. It's time to get moving on the climate crisis.
(that Transition folk are reading and screening)
Resilience Circle Organizing Kit
Across the nation, people have stepped forward to organize Resilience Circles for their communities, also known as Common Security Clubs. We’re confident you can do it too, especially if you start small. Check out the organizing kit for tools on getting started >>
Permaculture Ideas Blog
Permaculture Ideas is a place to find a range of articles, videos and latest news related to Permaculture. A vast resource for those looking for an introduction, inspiration or to further their understanding on the matter. Whether you skim the top or dig deep into the archives you'll no doubt be inspired...
Jan Spencer of Suburban Permaculture has put together a series of posters to that show and tell real life examples of making big changes. The posters come laminated and can be used for Permaculture classes, conferences, neighborhood meetings, show and tell, or a fundraiser for your group.
The Transition Companion
Just three short years ago (is that possible?!), Rob Hopkins’ Transition Handbook outlined a model for a community-led response
to peak oil and climate change. The rest, as they say, is history.
Rob’s eagerly awaited new book, The Transition Companion, picks up the story three years later, drawing from the experience of Transition communities throughout the UK and the world. The Companion is a deliberate move away from the “12-Step” approach utilized by the Handbook--toward a more holistic, appropriate model.
We’ll have more information on how to order the Companion in next month’s newsletter. Contact us
regarding bulk orders.
Post Carbon Institute Update
Transition US Partner | visit www.postcarbon.org
for more articles, reports and news
We've been real busy here at PCI in August. Have you caught our latest animation yet — Who Killed Economic Growth?
yet. Perfect for explaining our current predicament to friends, family in colleagues, we hope you'll love it.
We're not stopping there though in helping you get the message out. Richard Heinberg has written a fantastic script that presents our oil journey in a truly accessible way, and we're now looking to turn this into something really user friendly and inspiring to present. To do this we're raising funds, not only to create the slideshow but to train volunteers so that they can deliver it in their own communities. Find our more here about the project here
. Thanks for your support.