Time to tran­si­tion

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land to work with the grass­roots to bat­tle cli­mate de­struc­tion and eco­nomic in­sta­bil­ity.

I first heard that Tran­si­tion Towns were per­co­lat­ing on the South Shore. There is a group up and run­ning in St. Mar­garet’s Bay, but con­cept has spread to over 50 coun­tries around the globe.

The move­ment, which now in­cludes 15 Cana­dian towns, labours qui­etly to fos­ter a new econ­omy. In Eng­land, that might in­clude ur­ban or­chards, com­mu­nity-sup­ported agri­cul­ture, en­ergy projects and co­op­er­a­tives.

Tool shar­ing, seed swaps and maker spa­ces lead to a shar­ing econ­omy. For ex­am­ple, the Restart Project in Lon­don hosts par­ties to help folks with bro­ken elec­tronic items from toast­ers to iPads. It is fan­tas­tic to see com­mu­ni­ties com­ing to­gether to reimag­ine and re­build our world.

An out­growth of the Cin­ema Poli­tique group that uses film to kick start dis­cus­sion, the Wolfville Area Tran­si­tion Ini­tia­tive held its first event last April. The group is hold­ing an evening work­shop Feb. 15, about find­ing bal­ance to­day. It’s called Head, Heart & Hands and will be fa­cil­i­tated by Heidi Kalyani and Bruce Dienes. Check the web­site for de­tails.

I’m told that the world’s trou­bles feel more man­age­able if one en­gages on the lo­cal level. Peo­ple are strug­gling to stay pos­i­tive these days. I know a woman who stays off so­cial me­dia one day a week since the Amer­i­can elec­tion to try and lighten her psy­chic load.

Martin Luther King’s daugh­ter, Ber­nice King, of­fered some good ad­vice last week when it comes to the new U.S. leader. She said use his name as lit­tle as pos­si­ble.

“While we are so fo­cused on him we are prone to ne­glect the ques­tion­able poli­cies that threaten free­dom, jus­tice and fair­ness ad­vanced by the ad­min­is­tra­tion.”

Her other ad­vice in­cluded sug­ges­tions to “Re­mem­ber this is a regime and he’s not act­ing alone,” as well as “Fo­cus on his poli­cies, not his ap­pear­ance and men­tal state,” and fi­nally: “Re­sist!”

Shiva also of­fers some ad­vice for get­ting through the next stage in his­tory.

“I do not al­low my­self to be over­come by hope­less­ness, no mat­ter how tough the sit­u­a­tion,” she said. “I be­lieve that if you just do your lit­tle bit with­out think­ing of the big­ness of what you stand against, if you turn to the en­large­ment of your own ca­pac­i­ties, just that it­self cre­ates new po­ten­tial.”

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