Posted May 20, 2013 by Polly Howells on In These Times
A small town in upstate New York rallies in the face of environmental disaster
I was away from home on Aug. 29, 2011, when Hurricane Irene cut a devastating path inland through New York state and into Vermont, leaving a deep, impassable ditch across my road, south of Woodstock, N.Y. When I returned, I learned that men who had never before said more than a passing “hello” to each other had labored...
Posted May 20, 2013 by Jessica Stites on In These Times
Out of a quaint English town, a sustainability movement goes global.
When I set out to investigate the appeal of Transition, a sustainability movement that has spread to 1,105 towns in 43 countries over the past eight years, I started with what I thought was a basic question: What are ‘Transition Towns’ transitioning to?
“Resilience,” I was told. “What does that mean?” I asked,...
Posted May 01, 2013 by Lynda Hopkins on The Healdsburg Tribune
Transition Healdsburg is turning philosophy into action by transitioning local lawns into food gardens.
“I just think it’s important for the community and for all of us,” said Cindy Jacobs, who volunteered to help install raised beds and plant a food garden in a fellow resident’s backyard.
“I think it’s important to rely less on fossil fuels for future generations. And I love to garden, and I...
Posted March 21, 2013 by Sameer Zaheer on The Muslim Voice
When one thinks of Muslim problems, places like Palestine, Iraq and Afghanistan pop in the mind. Perhaps, Somalia and Darfur, if one reads beyond headlines. Certainly, Muslims in those areas are afflicted, but together these areas represent only a fraction of the Muslim world. However, there are a set of problems that affect a vast majority of Muslims in the world. One of these problems is...
Posted February 19, 2013 by Marjorie Kelly on Yes Magazine
"Emerging in our time—in largely disconnected experiments across the globe—are the seeds of a different kind of economy. It, too, is built on a foundation of ownership, but of a unique type. The cooperative economy is a large piece of it. But this economy doesn’t rely on a monoculture of design, the way capitalism does. It’s as rich in diversity as a rainforest is in its plethora of...
Posted January 28, 2013 by Keila Szpaller on Missoulian
Missoula is officially on its way to carbon neutrality.
With great aplomb from supporters, the Missoula City Council on Monday unanimously adopted a Conservation and Climate Action Plan.
The plan sets a goal for the city to become carbon neutral by 2025 to save money, reduce energy use and cut emissions.
“I think this is a watershed moment for the city,” said Councilman Alex Taft.
“It’s a nice...
Posted January 03, 2013 by Sarah Goodyear on The Atlantic
When dealing with severe weather events, the type that climate change is making more common, improved infrastructure is important. But the social ties of a neighborhood – the kind of relationships that are nurtured by trips to the corner coffee shop and chats on the sidewalk – might prove equally important when it comes to saving lives.
In a New Yorker article this week (behind a...
Posted November 21, 2012 by Alex Sakariassen on Missoula Independent
Transition Town Missoula officially dropped the question mark from its name last Friday—nearly one year to the day since the group's first introductory meeting at the University Congregational Church. In other words, the mulling over whether Missoula should join a global movement toward more resilient and self-sustaining communities is over. Now comes the doing.
"We knew that we'd be approved...
Posted July 20, 2012 by By TIM FAULKNER/ecoRI News staff on Eco RI News
Plans are underway for a new town in Rhode Island. It likely won’t appear on a map, but it will create a new community with a unique mindset.
The international movement known as Transition Town began in 2005, in England, as a response to concerns over peak oil, unsustainable economic systems and the exploitation of nonrenewable resources. Its founders envisioned networks within cities and towns...
Posted July 20, 2012 by on Terra Verde, KPFA Radio
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A social experiment is being conducted on an expanding scale across the world—it’s called Transition, often followed by the words Town, Initiative, Network, or Movement. Transition brings neighbors together to "power down" in response to peak oil, climate change, and economic hardships; it promotes community empowerment...