Transition Town hosts meeting

Join Transition Town Comox Valley for a session on charting a course for the future of the local transition movement.

Join Transition Town Comox Valley for a session on charting a course for the future of the local transition movement on May 29 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Joe’s Garage in downtown Courtenay.

The meetup will be highly interactive and will provide a point of reflection on where the movement has been locally, and where it has the potential to go.

“It’s time to get strategic in how we work with others who are are working for a more socially just, sustainable future,” says Elaine Codling, steering committee member of TTCV. “There is such a richness of professional and committed activism in the Valley. We know there is plenty of opportunity for collaborating on mutual goals and activities.”

Transition Towns are guided by the grandiose mission of preparing communities for the unprecedented challenges ahead of a world of increasing energy costs, environmental degradation, including climate change, and global economic instability. While the movement is global with hundreds of ‘towns’ or initiatives cropping up in nations all over the world, the philosophy and approach to a successful transition is firmly rooted in the realities of a given place.

Relocalization of economy, community life and public decision-making are therefore key to the movement, all of which depend on the ideas and participation of local residents. The movement contains guidelines to approaching community (un)sustainability issues comprehensively. These guidelines are being implemented and tested around the world, providing for a cross-community learning experience.

“Over the past two years TTCV has provided monthly meetups for the public to attend, learn and discuss how transition concepts can be applied locally,” says Nancy Hofer, another steering committee member.

“Our first year focused on visioning and ‘data collection’ from the community. Our second year highlighted local talents in transition areas such as food, economy, housing and emergency preparedness. Now is the time to take what we’ve learned and use it to provide some strategic direction not only for TTCV, but the whole valley.”

The meeting will provide a recap on the data that has been collected and an update on practical projects that have emerged including opportunities for feedback on the development of a Valley-wide Timebank.

The majority of the meeting, however, will be aimed at a ‘townhall’ style dialogue on the future goals and deliverables for the group, including how to work more with similarly minded groups.

For more information on TTCV, visit www.transitiontowncv.org or call 250-898-9045. A $3 donation is suggested to cover the cost of the venue. Bring mugs for tea and coffee.

— Transition Town Comox Valley

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