Make tran­si­tion to live sus­tain­ably

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By GORD STEWART

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.

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