Inaugural Transition meet goes well
More than 30 keen locals attended Transition Matamata’s initial information session on November 4.
Buoyed by the enthusiasm and great ideas of those in attendance, plans are in place for a second gettogether on November 25.
The session kicked off with a brief introduction to explain what the Transition movement is all about.
We then heard some inspiring stories of activities in nearby Thames.
Mark Skelding outlined the growth of Transition Town Thames, highlighting a home insulation programme completed on 350 houses. It was all done at no cost to home owners or tenants.
Brent ‘‘Oz’’ Crawshaw talked about their Thames Be Fruitful effort – planting fruit and nut trees on public land with support from the district council. Ben Stanton filled us in on their solar power initiative for homes and commercial facilities – all driven by proven cost savings.
Matamata’s own Julian and Caroline Mason briefly described some of the energy and environmental features of the lovely home they built on the edge of town.
All this got the idea juices flowing, so we broke into small groups for a 10-minute discussion focused on the question: What Transition activities would make sense here in Matamata?
A page of good ideas resulted, breaking down nicely into four areas: Food and agriculture; energy and resource use; sustainable transportation/local environment; and awareness and education.
We’ll build on this at our November 25 Ideas Exchange – adding more ideas, then picking two or three activities in each area that we could tackle in the New Year. We hope you’ll join us – come along and tell us what you think or just listen in.
Transition Matamata recognises that a changing climate and increasing energy costs mean that life with dramatically lower energy consumption will be inevitable – and it’s better to plan for it than to be taken by surprise. Practical activities in response will support local businesses and help make our community more resilient.
Any questions before the November 25 session, call Gord on 880 9335 or Ben on 888 7111.
Otherwise, see you there for a 7pm start.
Self sufficient: Home produce excess to needs along with community gardens can support the food bank and other outlets to provide nutritious, locally-grown food to those in need and others who want it.