Transition Towns initiatives are part of a vibrant, international grassroots movement that brings people together to explore how we – as communities - can respond to the environmental, economic and social challenges arising from climate change, resource depletion and an economy based on growth. We don’t look for anyone to blame or anyone to save us, but believe our communities have, within themselves, the innovation and ingenuity to create positive solutions to the converging crises of our time. We believe in igniting and supporting local responses at any level and from anyone – and aim to weave them together into a coordinated action plan for change towards a lower energy lifestyle. By building local resilience, we will be able to collectively respond to whatever the future may bring in a calm, positive and creative way. And by remembering how to live within our local means, we can rediscover the spirit of community and a feeling of power, belonging and sharing in a world that is vibrant, just and truly sustainable.
A video explains more: http://350.org/blog/a-new-economic-paradigm-is-not-only-possible-but-plausible/
Further information: www.transitionnetwork.org
The following, in no particular order, is a quick brainstorm ‘work in progress’ for the web site – please contact us for amendments, additions or recommendations.
Transition Whangarei had its beginnings in several years back (can anyone provide a date please?) but to a newcomer to the City, appears to have a low profile. But much is happening with many organisations, groups and individuals involved in “Transition” type projects that are contributing to the building of a resilient local community. A regular news letter goes out to over 500 members providing details of events and interaction among members. To receive this newsletter, email firstname.lastname@example.org
There is an informative interview with Jeff Griggs on GreenplanetFM Radio Interview - re - emergence of Transition Movement in Northland on . Listen here: http://www.ourplanet.org/CampaignProcess.aspx?A=Link&VID=15318407&KID=84245&LID=212487
If you’re interested in talking with others about how to make Whangarei more resilient around the Transition town model, please come to the library 10:00 Saturday mornings for discussion, brain storming etc. (table to the left of the entrance or lately, wherever there is space).
The following Transition type projects, in no particular order, are happening – the list is incomplete and a ‘work in progress’ which will be added/amended as information is provided:
One of the most obvious is the well supported Whangarei Growers Market held every Saturday morning. This not only provides an outlet for locally grown fresh food, but has social and health benefits for the community as well. Many throughout the district are producing food using sustainable methods such as Permaculture, Food Forests. There are several community gardens in progress. The "Localising Our Food" is a big initiative - see page of the same name.
The Men’s Shed, now occupying the old railway station, is tapping into the multi skills of older generation that would otherwise be lost, completing community projects.
Sew Good is a similar group providing opportunity for the inter-generational exchange of sewing skills. This project requires some 'co -ordinators' please. See advt. on Interesting Stuff page.
Many are involved with issues such as Mine Watch Northland, GE Free Northland, Fair Trade District.
The Organic Whole Food Co-op provides a source of bulk organic food
Food for Life store run by the Hare Krishna group provides free meals in schools.
Pecha Kucha meets regularly being a public forum to introduce ideas to the community.
The Old Stone Butter Factory provides a venue for Pecha Kucha plus other Transitional type films and documentaries.
Putiputi Ra is Whangarei’s organic shop.
The Sustainable Field Day is an annual/biennial opportunity to display such projects.
CBEC Eco Solutions at 3 Bank Street is a firm providing waste minimisation education with regular workshops plus a community garden. See advt for staff on Interesting Stuff page.
Green Drinks meet first Wednesday of the month, 5 pm Old Stone Butter Factory, Whangarei
Seed and Plant Swap groups meet regularly. These are not only a way to share ideas but, importantly, the chat 'over a cuppa' builds social connections.
Alternative renewable energy is being installed by many, including off the grid. North Power has a hydro power source, owns several electric cars and has installed public chargers and of course, is a 'community owned' asset. This topic is 'begging' for someone to take up the conversation with the Trustees of Northpower as to our future resilience.