I believe you are right about the food issue. We are all going to struggle with food distribution and access, specially the city folks. Here at the south coast we just created a food network group hoping to have all these issues discussed…"
The course is an in-depth experiential introduction to Transition for those considering bringing Transition to their community. It meets the training requirement for local initiating groups to become an internationally-recognized Transition Town.At the Training for Transition course, you will:• Experience and come to understand the Transition ethos• Learn ways of encouraging the creation of a positive, shared vision for your community’s future• Receive tools for community outreach, education…See More
I recognize your avatar from Peakoil.com. I recently moved to Stoughton from Boston because I wanted a yard to grow food (and could afford one in Stoughton within an easy walk of the town center and train). I'd like to share your…"
"Mark, my bicycle isn't a road bike, so it probably takes me longer than it should. I have a Trek Navigator, which is not a BAD bike, but... it's considered a "comfort" bicycle, for short trips around the city.
Anyway, I try to…"
I see that you are riding a bike from Boston to Walpole. I work in Boston and live in Stoughton, about as far from Boston as Walpole. I figured riding a bike would take about 90 minutes each way in rush-hour traffic, but I haven't…"
I think that it would be fine to talk about permaculture, but what seems urgent here is to make the case for WHY they should be interested in permaculture. In addition, this conference looks like a huge opportunity to enlist these conservation…"
"What I have trouble imagining is what kind of work would be available in cities. I can't imagine people moving to cities unless employment in cities grows sharply. I just don't see employment growing anywhere. In the very short term, we…"
"There are two diametrically opposed visions of the future, the reurbanization as proposed by people like Kunstler, and the back to the land movement.
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I have been reading the Transition Handbook, and as a lifelong city dweller and a trained economic geographer, I am troubled by what I think is a blind spot in the Transition model, one that could cause problems even for small towns that might achieve self-sufficiency if it isn't addressed.The Transition model is based on a goal of community self-sufficiency in the essentials without fossil fuel inputs. I agree that this will be necessary. I think that small towns in rural areas are well-suited…See More
"If we do our grassroots organizing well, there will be a strong constituency for gardening all available urban land that local officials will be unable to ignore. The biggest obstacle for Transition as a movement, I predict, will be the present…"
"One more thought on my China comparison. I don't think the intensity of the East China Plain is even possible in Massachusetts. Our land is hilly and rocky and won't produce as much, no matter how intensively we garden it. It also has a…"
How are you currently involved in the Transition movement?
Not yet involved, wanting to get involved
In what ways do you identify with the Transition movement? Why are you interested?
I would much rather see an active, grassroots engagement to transition to a post-peak-oil lower-carbon future than the alternative, which would be a painful and disastrous reaction to the consequences.
How can you help the growth/acceptance/vitality of the Transition movement?
I have been studying alternative technologies for many years, and I am a professional geographer with an understanding of spatial and environmental issues. I am a professional writer and editor who could help to publicize the need for transition. Finally, I am willing to become active in local politics.
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Mark, my bicycle isn't a road bike, so it probably takes me longer than it should. I have a Trek Navigator, which is not a BAD bike, but... it's considered a "comfort" bicycle, for short trips around the city.
Anyway, I try to leave very early in the morning, so it doesn't take too much of a chunk out of my day. From Allston/Brighton to the northern area of Walpole takes me about 75 to 80 minutes. With a better bike, supposedly it can be done in under an hour.
Welcome to Transition Massachusetts. It's good to have another member from south of Boston; I commend you for reaching out to Scott.
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You may be interested in the recent lively exchanges on the Forum on the subjects of permaculture and nut trees.
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