"We are having a movie series at the Skowhegan Public Library. We're starting with Who Killed the Electric Car on Wednesday, October 13th at 7pm.
We'll discuss the movie afterwards. Bring your electric cars!"
There's perhaps no question I'm asked more often than "What about Local Currencies?" So I'm starting a study group on alternative forms of community trading. Register your interest! Soon we will begin building a prototype.See More
"We're starting Transition Skowhegan and I have been thinking about how systems operate at the local level as opposed to the State and Federal levels.
I think we'll be the only level functioning soon.
We are surrounded by huge areas of…"
"We are planning all sorts of events such as a tour of our maple sugaring operation on March 13th and The Story of Stuff on Feb. 24th. We have an initiating group and are working on awareness raising now."
"I wonder how long it will all hold up? I've been reading all sorts of things and there are some interesting developments. The price of rice is hitting the level where it gets hoarded now, and the price of silver seems to be bouncing around."
How are you currently involved in the Transition movement?
I am involved with Sustain Mid Maine, and have a peak oil group that has been going for more than 5 years. I am aware of Transition, but haven't been able to get to any meetings because the nearest site is an hour and a half away.
In what ways do you identify with the Transition movement? Why are you interested?
I am interested in Transition because I see it as the best way to make it to a more sustainable model. I have been interested in Peak Oil for over 10 years now.
How can you help the growth/acceptance/vitality of the Transition movement? What can YOU teach us? What can your GROUP teach us?
I have a solar-electric car and it is a really good way to get people talking about possibilities. Our town may be a good place to start a transition movement in Central Maine.
I have a small maple syrup operation for the past 10 years with a partner here in Skowhegan.
What an inspiring video, Iver! Maple syruping always seemed so "Currier & Ives" and quintessential to the Northeast. Glad you are keeping up traditions in a sustainable way.
Thanks for your comments regarding the "Titanic" and "Lifeboat" concepts. Yes, we agree it's an apt metaphor. When Christopher first heard the comparison about 10 years ago, he carved a sign and hung it outside his cabin:"Titanic Lifeboat Construction Co." I've always believed it's easier to start an alternative than to buck the system. (Later I read a Buckminster Fuller quote: "You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete." I agree!) So, when Christopher and I met, it was inevitable we'd found the Titanic Lifeboat Academy, to study and teach how to build lifeboats.
"Welcome aboard!" Glad to learn about your homestead in ME.
Oh, how fun!
How do the big wheels do off-road?
I'm going to turn my pal onto the web site.
Do like the AGMs in the vehicle?
I've got big surrettes for the house system but had considered getting AGMs for awhile. The golf cart has 8 volt trojans in it and our mobile pv system utilizes 6 volt bottom of the line golf cart batteries.
talk with you later, kj
Hey hey...what kind of electric car do you have?
I have a 48 VDC golf cart that I charge off my PV system. It is a step in the right direction and could get me some distance in the event someone needs help birthing a baby, dying or with emergency care ...but it is really a put put mode of transport. Sure beats a horse or burro though:-)
Hi Iver, Great to see you here. ...I am involved with Sustain Mid Maine, and have a peak oil group that has been going for more than 5 years. I am aware of Transition, but haven't been able to get to any meetings because the nearest site is an hour and a half away... -- Perhaps we can use the web to increase participation of people with similar constraints. Please add Sustain Mid Maine to our registry of Groups supporting Transition. Let me know when you have questions.