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Friday August 6, 2010. We set out to tape an overview show of Aprovecho Center, and found such richness that we taped enough for three.

To the 1Sky board of directors:

In your open letter to all people and organizations working to combat global warming, you ask how to move forward with urgency and clarity of purpose.

1)  Understand the full scope of the problem.

Global warming is not a standalone issue.  At the same time as we are trying to decarbonize our entire society and cope with the erratic weather events of early climate change, we are simultaneously being hit with peak oil and economic contraction.

Eat/Pray/Love movie advertisements are now appearing all over my local part of Los Angeles.  I haven't read the book or seen the movie and I'm not planning to.  But the stark graphics of the advertising campaign pump the words EAT - PRAY - LOVE into my head on a regular basis.

According to online reviews, the Eat/Pray/Love book is a travel log, "a story about a girl who thought everything ... she wanted, would bring her happiness. It didn't. It didn't for her, and possibly not for many other women."  It sounds like it begins as a story of disenchantment with life in our current society. 

Skipping over Gilbert's subsequent decision to burn vast amounts of fossil fuels with corresponding greenhouse gas emissions (i.e. travel the world) in order to consume Italian cuisine, gain 23 pounds, and (if the online reviews are to be believed) superficially consume ashram spirituality and friends' donation money; my intent here isn't to review either book or movie.  Instead ...

I had a lot of fun riding several different bikes today.
I went nowhere.
But I did a lot of work!

Matthew Corson-Finnerty gave us a grand tour and demonstration of his human-powered machines. A bicycle-powered water pump. An electricity generator. A food blender. A grain mill. A straw-chopper (for earthen cob building material).

Mike Hatfield gave us an engaging education about rocket cook stoves at Aprovecho Research Center. Tucked away in Cottage Grove Oregon, this is an offshoot of the Aprovecho center, which has been working on numerous appropriate technologies, including rocket stoves, since the 1970s.

When we drove into the long roadway approaching Scott and Kaela McGuire’s new homestead, I was struck by the solo sunflower greeting us like a towering beacon. Scott said it was a volunteer, probably from their previous garden where we’d taped “An Experiment in Backyard Sustainability” in 2006.

5 pm Monday night August 2nd. Our friend Mary Nelson sent us off with a colorful paper flower bouquet at our three-person mini-departure party at the Rough and Ready park-and-ride.

Most of us have them -- dusty piles of unused clothes in the back of the closet.  They looked good at one point, but now they (a) don't fit, (b) have a stain, (c) aren't in style anymore, but we can't bring ourselves to get rid of them so they linger in the dingy corners.  People at Transition Mar Vista (TMV) are turning their old clothes into something new.

This past weekend, Transition Mar Vista (part of the Transition action in the greater Los Angeles area) held a "Repurposing old clothing" workshop.  Everyone was invited to bring a few articles of old clothing -- tshirts, dresses, skirts, etc. -- as well as sewing notions, buttons, ribbons, and trims. 

The workshop was lead by Gaia Waters, the high-school-aged granddaughter of one of the TMV steering group members.  Gaia, an aspiring fashion designer, was visiting from England and TMV certainly made the most of her presence.  Gaia had plenty of help from TMV members who have an eye for design and color.

Here's the schedule of programs we'll be taping in our 2010 Pacific Northwest Tour. I plan to blog each taping. Join us! Click the RSS icon on Janaia's journal to get email notice when a new blog is up.

August

This post is a continuation of "Transition in the Big City," a description of how Transition ideas are being applied in Los Angeles.  Part I discussed issues of scale, the formation of the city hub and pods, and the structure we use today.

OPERATIONS

At this point Transition in Los Angeles consists of 6 pods which offer regular public meetings:  Transition San Fernando Valley*, Transition Mar Vista, Transition Culver City*, Inglewood, the Environmental Change-Makers in the Westchester/LA area, and Transition South Bay LA.  The two starred ones are now official TIs with the Transition Network, as is the Transition Los Angeles city hub.  We have two additional areas which are just beginning to hold Transition-type public meetings, Whittier and Rancho Palos Verdes.

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