Tran­si­tion town?

Matamata Chronicle - - Rural Delivery - By GORD STEWART

If we be­lieve end­less growth on a fi­nite planet is pos­si­ble, then it’s all good. If we reckon the age of cheap oil will never end, we can party on.

But if we ac­cept the cli­mate change sci­ence, feel that re­source use de­serves spe­cial care, or think there may be some eco­nomic bumps in the road ahead, then a re­think of our cur­rent way of liv­ing is war­ranted.

This re­think is the ba­sis of Tran­si­tion Towns – a grass roots move­ment es­tab­lished in the UK in 2006.

There are now more than 2000 Tran­si­tion Towns world­wide and 65 in New Zealand. Should we make Mata­mata num­ber 66? Tran­si­tion Towns is a bit of a mis­nomer. It’s re­ally a com­mu­nity of like-minded peo­ple – a net­work, a way for peo­ple to con­nect with oth­ers who see things are chang­ing and want to do some­thing about it.

Projects vary from one lo­ca­tion to another. Lo­cal in­ter­ests and in­ge­nu­ity drive ef­forts with a fo­cus on ac­tiv­i­ties that lessen our de­pen­dence on oil, re­duce our CO2 emis­sions, and build re­silience in the com­mu­nity.

We hope you’ll join us to hear more about Tran­si­tion ini­tia­tives in Thames, Tau­ranga and be­yond.

If you have any ques­tions be­fore the Novem­ber 4 in­for­ma­tion ses­sion, call Gord Stewart on 880 9335 or Ben Troughton on 888 7111; or we will see you there!

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