I have been doing two monthly sustainability video-discussion events for almost a 18 months. As usual, I didn't think to post the most recent events here, even they were on the Transition movement. I don't think I've ever had a response from this website. I was surprised by a nice turnout for both the Doylestown and the Warminster, PA events. Sold (at cost) several copies of the Trans Initiatives Primer. I missed out getting mailing list at both, but can recover most. I knew about half of the crowd.
As usual, I learned a lot in preparing for the events. I'm still doing a close read on the Primer.
It seems like I'll be starting either a Temporary Initiating Hub or a local Transition Hub. In my role as a Relocalization Coordinator (ECLA PA) I've built bridges and connections to many local environmental groups
Here in PA we have something called the Pensylvania Environmental Council (PEC: www.pecpa.org/) that does environmental education and advocacy statewide; discusses current issues and describes land use and water resources improvement projects around the state. They sponsor and help establish (by local enabling legislation) local EAC's (Environmental Advisory Councils) that have a fairly wide latitude to address global climate change and peak oil issues at the local level. Of course they're just advisory.
I'm very gradually introducing the notion that our local EAC could begin to approach the Transition Network. I'm starting this (obliquely) as an outreach through our local USGBC (Delaware Valley Green Building Council) who I've invited to make a new introductory presentation they've developed on green building. I plan to introduce the idea at our meeting tomorrow night by proposing a regional EAC event in late October or Early Nov. These regional gatherings were once popular and fell into disuse until recently. The regional meeting will be where I float the idea.
The option for us Pennsylvanians seems to be to have one if the EAC will embrace the Transition objectives at this time, or two orgs (one being the Transition NGO) where feasible. In Bucks County, where I'm located, about half the municipalities have EAC's.
I'll post the results as they come in.
I find that the most effective strategy for addressing GCC and PO by focusing on energy efficiency and conservation as matters of fiscal responsibility. It avoids a lot of climate and energy arguments (prevalent in this area) and paints opponents as being fiscally irresponsible.