Make transition to live sustainably
The Transition network is based on the idea that there are all sorts of ways to make small, positive changes, and everyone can have a part to play.
The focus is on activities that reduce our dependence on oil, cut carbon emissions, and build local resilience.
There are 65 communities in New Zealand involved in Transition activities.
Is it time for Matamata to join in?
Communities take on activities based on their own interests, needs and skills. A Transition Network office in the UK, where it all started in 2006, is there to ‘‘inspire, encourage, connect, support and train communities in the Transition model’’.
Some communities focus on agriculture for a start – promoting local, seasonal and organic foods.
Exploring affordable solar power options for dairy sheds might be of interest to farmers here.
Other communities look at transport – car sharing and carpooling opportunities, and promoting active transportation such as walking and cycling to school and work. Still others get stuck into home energy efficiency.
A sustainable local economy is always at the heart of it – with strong encouragement to support local shops and merchants – and, of course, Kiwi-owned businesses and co-ops.
At our November 4 session, Mark Skelding, a founder and prime mover in Transition Town Thames, will tell us what the are doing and why, Ron and Maureen Major will fill us in on developments in Tauranga and we can explore interests in Matamata.
Solar power: Technology is improving and costs are coming down, making it a wise investment and money-saver.
If you have any questions prior to the session, call Gord Stewart on 880 9335 or Ben Troughton on 888 7111. See transitionnetwork.org for more information.