Rising to the Challenge

Last year, individuals registered 4,100 actions as part of the annual Transition Challenge awareness raising and action campaign. This year, we set an ambitious goal of registering 5,000 actions, and throughout the month of May, the action count kept on rising. By the end of the month individuals and groups in 30 states collectively registered 6,942 actions to build community resilience!

All across the country, people were busy installing solar panels, starting tool libraries, and building wood fire cob ovens. Challenge actions were registered in the following states: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Washington, D.C., Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin. We also had actions registered in two Canadian provinces (British Columbia and Manitoba).

The scale of actions ranged from individuals taking on one or more actions at their homes, to groups of people organizing actions throughout their community. Some all-star groups that created campaigns to register actions in their communities included: Daily Acts (registering 3,558 actions through their 350 Home and Garden Challenge in Sonoma County, CA), Sustainable Contra Costa (registering 2,081 actions through their East Bay Sustainability Challenge in the San Francisco East Bay, CA), Grow Food Amherst (registering 350 actions through their 350 Garden Challenge in Amherst, MA), and Transition Cadillac (registering 265 actions through their 200 YARDen DASH in Cadillac, MI).

Action projects addressed various areas of community resilience, including enhancing local food systems, reducing energy and water consumption, and developing local economies. The most popular type of action this year was food and gardening, with people planting heirloom vegetables, converting lawns to edible gardens, and creating innovative ways of sharing plots of land with their neighbors. The percentages of Challenge actions registered by issue were: food 94%, shared economy 3%, green building 1%, climate action 1%, and 1% other (energy, transportation, reskilling, water, etc.). Below are a few examples of Challenge actions:

Thank you to everyone who participated in the Transition Challenge, from signing up your own actions to encouraging others to get involved. And thank you to the following media partners who helped spread the word about the Challenge. We are thrilled to partner with these wonderful organizations in our work to increase community resilience.

Pachamama Alliance
Generation Waking Up Resilience Circles












Click here to see more Transition Challenge photos. If you have photos of an action you completed that you’d like to share, please send them to maggieATtransitionus.org.

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