Transition US Newsletter - October 2010

In this Issue:

NRDC Smarter Cities Project features Transition Towns

Transition Initiatives Get to Work for 10/10/10 Climate Action

Trainings & Webinars: Community Preparedness as a Path to Transition

Communities, Councils and a Low-Carbon Future

Transition World News Roundup

The Post Carbon Reader

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Upcoming Events

Training for Transition (T4T)
(click to host a Training course):
Nov 12-14 Sarasota, FL
Jan 22-23 Albuquerque, NM

Community Preparedness as a Path to Transition
Part 2: Tues Nov 16

Learn how the Methow Valley Community Preparedness Committee and the L2020  group of Port Townsend, are successfully inspiring a broad spectrum of people to engage in sustainable, community-building activities in their local areas through community preparedness.
See details + registration

Monthly Transition Salon
Thurs. Nov 18
(11:00am-12:15pm PT)

An open dialogue space where folks involved in Transition meet voice-to-voice, celebrate, network, swap ideas, get help, give help, and learn together...(more)

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Transition US :: October 2010 e-newsletter



In the News

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All Together Now:
Transition Towns Rise in the U.S. 

"On the national level, America looks unwilling to come to terms either with its addiction to oil or with the need to address global warming, but that pessimistic vision is far from the whole truth. Locally, towns are taking on sustainability issues..."
Read more of the NRDC Smarter Cities Project article

Transition Initiatives are continuing to emerge in communities around the world. Browse the initiatives map and learn more about becoming an Official Transition Initiative.



Transition Initiatives Get to Work for 10/10/10 Climate Action

Transition Whatcom in Washington's local 10-10-10 event, the Perennial Project, began at 9 a.m. on the steps of Bellingham City Hall. Live music, info booths and speakers got the day started, with Bellingham Mayor Dan Pike planting their first tree in the Bellingham Public Library grounds... (full story)

Transition Culver City 
Culver City videofacilitated a community think tank conversation on the plastic bag dilemma. This lively discussion forum for thinking collectively about local solutions for pollution, waste, oil dependency and ailing watershed had 50 participants, including several children who helped to create a temporary art installation out of plastic bags. (full story)

Ann Arbor 350Transition Ann Arbor and the Ecology Center in Michigan partnered in a kick-off on 10/10/10 for a countywide effort to grow more food and community. This challenge brought people of all stripes together in local neighborhoods to figure out ways to grow more food in yards, on porches and patios, and even on windowsills...(full story)


Communities, Councils
and a Low-Carbon Future

(what we can do if governments won’t)

book coverThis new Transition book by Alexis Rowell is designed to inform and inspire councils and councillors, as well as local environmental activists, community groups and Transition Initiatives. While central government is busy setting targets they know they will never have to meet, local government can break the logjam of helplessness, denial and despair over climate change and peak oil.


Transition World News Round-up

Watch Ooooby video

Reports this month come from countries including the Netherlands, Italy, Sweden, Canada, USA, New Zealand, Australia as well as around the UK. 

From Aukland, New Zealand is the history of the Ooooby (Out-Of-Our-Own-Back-Yards) project and this great video that gives a bit about Ooooby's history - a social business that is all about local food EVERYWHERE!



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