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Caitlin Payne Roberts
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  • Olympia, WA
  • United States
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How are you currently involved in the Transition movement?
One way in which I combat the oil industry is by localizing my purchases. I am working on a garden with friends in my yard (which is at a very visible intersection in Olympia, WA) to promote food sovereignty. I have chosen not to use a car for transportation; I walk, bus, & bike all the time. I am lightly involved with the nonprofit People for Puget Sound and the social network of Reality Sandwich, called Evolver. With these groups, I hope to apply a passion for sustainable community development to action. I'll be graduating from the Evergreen State College this June with concentrations in environmental studies and expressive arts, and am so excited to fully explode my creative energies into the world around me.
In what ways do you identify with the Transition movement? Why are you interested?
After spending three months in Ecuador and witnessing the devastating effects to the ecology and human rights of the Texaco Toxico mess there, I have been consciously removing myself from oil-dependent culture. I was on the coasts of Louisiana, watching migratory birds, when the BP oil spill happened. The violations of human rights and ecological dignity that I have witnessed and read about are horrendous and unacceptable in today's world. I am ready to do my meaningful work, which is throwing myself against the flow of oil and evil.
How can you help the growth/acceptance/vitality of the Transition movement? What can YOU teach us? What can your GROUP teach us?
As an artist, through the media of poetry, song, dance, theater, vision, and food, among others, I can express my personal thoughts and feelings on our global human state. This can certainly be applied politically, so I seek to spread awareness of injustice and incite feelings of the need for action. With the artist and activist collaborators in my community, we can rise up and expand this movement of movements.
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