Nation in Transition:
Help us plan Rob's trip!
We are seeking great ideas, strong local hosting teams, and volunteers to help us make Rob Hopkin's visit this fall as impactful as possible. Read more on our website.
Transition featured at Slow Living Summit
Check out this interview with Chuck Collins of IPS & Transition Jamaica Plain on politics, diversity, and language in Transition.
July Roundup of What's Happening in Transition across the United States...
Above photo: Community Garden at Holy Nativity Church in Westchester, Los Angeles, from Environmental Changemakers (Transition LA).
This month we welcome the 140th official Transition Initiative in the US, Transition Charlottesville-Abermarle, Virginia! Affectionately known as "Transition Cville," their working groups include Edible Yards, Skill Share, and Home Movies (where Transitioners host home viewing parties of Transition-related documentaries...nope, not your favorite home videos). We love their idea of having community members vote online for future projects (an outcome of their community visioning event), and this local news video on their Memorial Day Solar Cookout.
Moving up to Maine, Tohidu Transition in Portland transformed the Rosemont Avenue neighborhood by planting 49 fruit trees in one day! The project was filmed by Orchard Revolution to be included in their 2014 documentary.
And now to the Midwest, where Transition Milwaukee rocked PowerDown Week with community members unplugging their power and participating in activities to celebrate the beauty of living on less energy: a kickoff party, bike-to-farm challenge, partner yoga, fire-by-friction learning lab, candlelit game night, a honey tasting, and a chicken coop building party to name a few! To charge the necessities, folks used this sweet bicycle-powered generator.
We asked Transition Milwaukee members to reflect on their experience Powering Down:
"I think what I liked most about turning off the power in our house completely was the slowness and intentionality it created. There was nothing to keep me up wasting time instead of sleeping. If I wanted to read at night, it had to be by candlelight. I tried to keep my cellphone usage at a normal level which meant I had to pedal to charge it more often, but that helped me to understand the effort that would have to go in to powering even small things a little bit better. By far, my favorite event was candlelight game night though. It was filled with old and new friends and nearly everyone commented that the light created a much more pleasant atmosphere to be in than lightbulbs. We may have to start a tradition!" ~Lauren Poppen
Further west in Sonoma County, CA, Transition Initiatives in Sebastopol, Santa Rosa, Cotati, and Sonoma Valley worked with local partners to encourage their city governments to sign onto Sonoma Clean Power, a Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) clean power option. After months of spreading the word to friends an neighbors, attending City Council meetings, and writing letters to local newspapers and elected officials, all four cities agreed to participate in the formation of Sonoma Clean Power.
In closing, we offer you these words of wisdom from 7-year-old Elliot Leeds in Transition Aliso Viejo on why Transition is important to him:
"The potlucks are great! They are a lot of fun. I like being with my friends. We have tons of fun! We eat yummy food, make forts in our houses, play games like tag and play with a ball. We spend time outside. My favorite thing about Transition is the friends and learning new things. Without our Transition, our world isn't clean. We pick up trash and plant things that we can eat and plants that smell good. And they all give us oxygen. If we don't plant plants, we will die.
Be Grateful that you are in Transition!"