Transition Town movement founder Rob Hopkins’ latest book, From What Is to What If, is now available. Watch the recording of his inspiring presentation based on the themes of the book here.
Interested in local energy issues like community solar? Check out the Local Energy Rules biweekly podcast from the Institute for Local Self-Reliance.
Want to find out what other municipalities are doing to build sustainability? Watch this recording of a great panel discussion held on August 18 and produced by Transition US: Scaling Up: Building Municipal Sustainability Plans with Grassroots Actions.
Can you imagine a life beyond oil?
“A change to a way of life that can be sustained for generations to come is essential, as is the urgent need to decarbonize our lives. The transition from our current wasteful, polluting, and energy intensive way of life, to one that uses energy and resources in ways that enable our children and grandchildren to enjoy a good standard of living in a lower energy context, is vital.”The Transition Network, https://transitionnetwork.org
Transition Town Glassboro working groups
Transition Town initiatives offer opportunities for volunteers to work on the areas of greatest interest to them. Here are some possible working groups waiting for the right person in Glassboro to lead them.
Transportation: make Glassboro safer for more bikes and pedestrians, using less fuel and being healthy. Join and support the Safe Routes to School program or the Transition Streets program.
Local Food: grow your own vegetables, reduce food miles, share food with neighbors, create community gardens
Local Economy: promote locally owned businesses, support the development of co-ops and worker owned businesses, create a time bank
Renewable Energy: promote solar and wind energy, energy efficiency and cost savings
Waste/Recycling: repair instead of replacing, recycle, run Fixit Clinics, reduce trash going to landfill locally
We Can Run (Grateful Dead)
We don’t own this place, though we act as if we did,
It’s a loan from the children of our children’s kids.
The actual owners haven’t even been born yet.
But we never tend the garden and rarely we pay the rent,
Some of it is broken and the rest of it is bent
Put it all on plastic and I wonder where we’ll be when the bills hit.
Refrain: We can run, but we can’t hide from it.
Of all possible worlds, We only got one: We gotta ride on it.
Whatever we’ve done, We’ll never get far from what we leave behind,
Baby, we can run, run, run, but we can’t hide. Oh no, we can’t hide.
I’m dumpin’ my trash in your back yard
Makin’ certain you don’t notice really isn’t so hard
You’re so busy with your guns and all of your excuses to use them.
Well, it’s oil for the rich and babies for the poor,
We got everyone believin’ that more is more,
If a reckoning comes, maybe we will know what to do then.
All these complications seem to leave no choice,
I heard the tongues of billion speak with just one voice,
Saying, “just leave all the rest to me,
I need it worse than you, you see.”
And then I heard, The sound of one child crying.
Today I went walking in the amber wind,
There’s a hole in the sky where the light pours in
I remembered the days when I wasn’t afraid of the sunshine.
But now it beats down on the asphalt land
Like a hammering blow from god’s left hand
What little still grows cringes in the shade like a bad vine.
(Refrain)Songwriters: Brent Richard Mydland / John Barlow
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