The civil war in Syria was triggered by a five year drought, which laid waste to a large portion of Syrian agriculture.  This drought, NOAA has confirmed, was considerably exacerbated by global warming.  We in America are disproportionately responsible for climate change.  We are responsible for the war, the killing, the increased terrorism, and the refugee crisis—at least in some measure.  I kn

In November 2005 we held a small gathering -- a book launch party for Legacy: A Story of Hope. We didn't know it at the time, but that small gathering was the first for a group that would become the Environmental Change-Makers.

It was the start of a chain of change-making events and projects that would see the building of the Community Garden at Holy Nativity, the Emerson Avenue Community Garden, and the Westchester Community Oven. It would include hosting various Transition Trainings, and being the "initiator" for the Transition movement for many sites across Southern California.

It would mean having influence on edible gardens across the area, initiating a local fruit gleaning program, and championing Divestment campaigns both at home and nationally. 

It would include big events like hosting a 5-day Seed School, running logistics for Vandana Shiva, and trying to pass a local GMO-free initiative. Deeply reflective events like the Work of Joanna Macy.  Chaotic events like the Cluck Trek tour of local chicken coops. It would include dozens of vegetable gardening classes, and small events like local seed swaps and quiet monthly garden parties. 

But it all started with a story. 

I was very fortunate to be able to attend the International Transition Conference and National Hubs Meeting in South Devon, England last month, thanks to a scholarship from Transition Network. After two and a half years immersed in Transition work at the national, regional, and local level, my soul was in need of some nourishment. The International Transition Network Conference gave me exactly what I needed, and so much more.

From Carolyne Stayton, Transition US Executive Director:


The day before the International Transition Conference in England last month, I was one of thirteen participants from nine countries—Australia, Belgium, Brazil, England, Italy, Portugal, Scotland, Sweden, and the US—to participate in the first-ever international Transition gathering for self-identified “young adults” (or “youngers”), as well as adults who are focused on supporting young adult participation in Transition.

Hank Herrera (at right) has a vision of how to be with the land – something ancient  that can be reclaimed for the future.

It’s something he’d like to offer the University of California Board of Regents.

The Transition Network conference this year was held in rural Devon in the South of England at a former agricultural college called Seale-Hayne.  From September 18th through the 20th 350 participants from 35 countries came together to explore Transition, learn from one another, and share their hopes and dreams for real community resil

“Houses don’t make neighborhoods – neighbors make neighborhoods,” a friend recently told me.



Submitted by Chris Thompson, Transition Bozeman

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