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Posted January 14, 2014 by Ann Carranza on Press Democrat

Above: Rebecca Goodsell, Carolyn Harrison and Head Librarian Bo Simons show the new seed library in an old card catalog. (Photo: Ann Carranza) Get your vegetable garden seeds at the library? How can you “borrow” a seed? The movement to share seeds is growing across the globe and the Healdsburg Regional Library is the newest venue where community members can “borrow” seed. Anyone can borrow seeds...

Posted October 14, 2013 by Tara Lohan on AlterNet

Rob Hopkins helped start the first Transition Town. Now it's a global network of thousands of communities showing no signs of slowing down. Standing in front of a crowd of hundreds at Oakland, California’s Grand Lake Theater, Rob Hopkins shows a picture of a butcher shop in a small town in Northern Ireland. A row of hams hang in the window, the door is cracked open, welcoming, a passerby walks...

Posted October 11, 2013 by Greg Hanscom on Grist

When I caught up with Rob Hopkins at the SXSW Eco conference in Austin, Texas, this week, he had just ended a seven-year, self-imposed airplane fast. This is a guy who takes the climate fight — and the power of individual actions — seriously. A few years back, he launched Transition Towns, aimed at helping communities lead the way into a post-fossil-fuel world. The movement has since spread...

Posted October 10, 2013 by Barbara Brown on Houston Sustainable Business Examiner

Transition US and Transition Houston have partnered with the Shell Center for Sustainability to offer an Oct. 8 program on The Sustainable Development of Houston Districts: The Health of the City. This evening session was the opening for Dr. Lester King’s Oct. 9 all day workshop. Dr. King kicked off the evening with "Sustainable Houston Compared to Other U.S. Cities". The 2013 Sustainability...

Posted October 04, 2013 by Jamie Logan on Tulane New Wave

At his first-ever talk in the United States, award-winning environmental author Rob Hopkins addressed an avid audience on Tuesday (Oct. 1) on the Tulane University uptown campus. Recognized globally for his work in promoting community resilience in light of the economic crisis of climate change, Hopkins was the winner of the 2008 Schumacher Award and was named one of the United Kingdom’s top 100...

Posted September 01, 2013 by Toby Hemenway on Pattern Literacy

The Transition movement seemed to catch fire right from the beginning, and I confess that its success made me, as a permaculturist, a bit envious. Here was a program for converting to a post-oil society, created by a permaculture teacher using permaculture principles, and it seemed to be becoming better known and more highly regarded than permaculture itself. Over a thousand towns have adopted...

Posted July 25, 2013 by Rozie Apps on Permaculture Magazine

Permaculture gives us solutions for self reliance in a time when resources are diminishing and economies are failing. But could transition be the key to sharing to a wider audience and really changing the world? Working at Permaculture magazine means I am immersed in solutions and inspiration to live a healthier and happier life whilst protecting the planet. It seems so obvious to me that growing...

Posted June 18, 2013 by Sami Grover on Treehugger

“In the leaking ship that we’ve made of our planet, the Transition movement is like a flotilla of life rafts. And they’ve come not to pull us off the earth, but to help us patch it and make it right. There’s no one on earth who’s just done more stuff–and inspired more doing – than Rob Hopkins. This book shows how you can Do Stuff Too!”- Bill McKibben, 350.org Rob Hopkins, founder of the...

Posted June 14, 2013 by John-Paul Flintoff on The Guardian

Locally grown food, community-owned power stations, local currencies … can small-scale actions make a difference? Yes, according to the Transition network – in fact, it's our only hope Late last year, Rob Hopkins went to a conference. Most of the delegates were chief executive officers at local authorities, but it was not a public event. Speaking in confidence, three-quarters of these officials...

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...

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