A transition town is a grassroot community project that seeks to build resilience in response to peak oil, climate destruction, and economic instability. Local projects are usually based on the model's initial '12 ingredients' and later 'revised ingredients'. The first initiative to use the name was Transition Town Totnes, founded in 2006. The movement is an example of socioeconomic localisation. The term, "transition town", was coined by Louise Rooney and Catherine Dunne. The transition model can be applied to any place where people live. The generic term is "transition initiative", even though "transition town" is in common usage. Between late 2006 and early 2007 the Transition Network was founded as a UK charity. The Transition Network website contains a listing of the initiatives that have registered there. While the focus and aims remain the same, the methods used to achieve these vary. In the United States, transition initiatives have sprung up in many communities.
Transition CultureTransition Initiativen in D/A/CH - Transition Initiativen in Deutschland, Österreich und der Schweiz"Transition Towns" : Aldeas, comunidades, pueblos y ciudades en transición"De la dependencia petrolera hacia la resiliencia local" Aqui reproducimos información acerca uno de los movimientos de base mas interesantes y propositivos de la actualidad- El concepto de las aldeas en transición ("Transition Towns") está emergiendo en Inglaterra e Irlanda apenas desde hace cuatro años. Propone una repuesta creativa "de abajo hacia arriba", a los multifacéticos desafíos del cambio climático y cenit/ descenso energético, fortaleciendo las estructuras locales de las familias, vecindades, barrios, pueblos o ciudades y explorando una visión positiva, empoderante y transformadora para diseñar las comunidades del futuro. Desde Barcelona/ España, nos enviaron un enlace hacia un nuevo documento en español acerca de las iniciativas de transición. Enlaces a algunas sitios web del movimiento de transición, con más información en inglés y español: arriba Por que las inciativas de transición son necesarias arriba
Sandpoint Transition Initiative | Helping to create a sustainablPermacultureWith its system of applied education, research and citizen- led design permaculture has grown a popular web of global networks and developed into a global social movement. The term permaculture was developed and coined by David Holmgren, then a graduate student at the Tasmanian College of Advanced Education's Department of Environmental Design, and Bill Mollison, senior lecturer in Environmental Psychology at University of Tasmania, in 1978.  The word permaculture originally referred to "permanent agriculture", but was expanded to stand also for "permanent culture", as it was understood that social aspects were integral to a truly sustainable system as inspired by Masanobu Fukuoka’s natural farming philosophy. It has many branches that include, but are not limited to, ecological design, ecological engineering, regenerative design, environmental design, and construction. History Several individuals revolutionized the branch of permaculture. In Australian P.A.
Obama te dará el carnet de periodistaObama te dará el carnet de periodista 27 septiembre 2013 | Categorías: Opinión | | Víctor Sampedro – Comité de Apoyo de ATTAC España Los derechos asociados a la libertad de expresión pasarán a ser concedidos por las corporaciones mediáticas y las universidades. La protección de los derechos constitucionales ligados a la libertad de expresión va a ser limitada solo a quienes cobren de los medios y/o estén matriculados en las facultades de comunicación. La iniciativa demuestra responder al desafío planteado por WikiLeaks, al contener la ya conocida como “cláusula Assange”. El “embedded journalist” que el Pentágono “empotraba” (o, literalmente, encamaba) entre sus tropas en el frente se completa ahora con el periodista “cubierto”. Después de Vietnam el Pentágono empezó a autorizar a los periodistas más dóciles para ser testigos, (más bien propagandistas) de sus hazañas bélicas. Victor San Pedro es catedrático de comunicación política.
The Transition InitiativeChanging the scale of change by Jay Griffiths Art: Nikki McClure A WHILE AGO, I heard an American scientist address an audience in Oxford, England, about his work on the climate crisis. He was precise, unemotional, rigorous, and impersonal: all strengths of a scientist. The next day, talking informally to a small group, he pulled out of his wallet a much-loved photo of his thirteen-year-old son. If the Transition Initiative were a person, you’d say he or she was charismatic, wise, practical, positive, resourceful, and very, very popular. Part of the genius of the movement rests in its acute and kind psychology. Many people feel that individual action on climate change is too trivial to be effective but that they are unable to influence anything at a national, governmental level. How big am I? Scale matters. We speak of economies of scale, and I would suggest that there are also moralities of scale. The grassroots. FOR HUNDREDS OF YEARS, nation-states have attacked communities.
Sustainable cityA sustainable city, or eco-city is a city designed with consideration of environmental impact, inhabited by people dedicated to minimization of required inputs of energy, water and food, and waste output of heat, air pollution - CO2, methane, and water pollution. Richard Register first coined the term "ecocity" in his 1987 book, Ecocity Berkeley: Building Cities for a Healthy Future. Other leading figures who envisioned the sustainable city are architect Paul F Downton, who later founded the company Ecopolis Pty Ltd, and authors Timothy Beatley and Steffen Lehmann, who have written extensively on the subject. The field of industrial ecology is sometimes used in planning these cities. There remains no completely agreed upon definition for what a sustainable city should be or completely agreed upon paradigm for what components should be included. It is estimated that over 50% of the world’s population now lives in cities and urban areas. Practical achievement
Germany spends millions on animal-only bridgesPhoto: DPA Published: 18 Sep 2013 16:32 GMT+02:00Updated: 18 Sep 2013 16:32 GMT+02:00 Germany is living up to its environmentally-friendly image by spending millions of euros on building bridges just for animals. Humans caught crossing them face a €35 fine. More than a hundred wildlife bridges are to be built in the next decade. Gerhard Klesen, a forester employed by the Ruhr Regional Association, spent a decade campaigning for an animal-only bridge to be built over a motorway in the town of Schermbeck in North Rhine-Westphalia. Man-made barriers such as roads and canals restrict animals' natural movement, he said. "The area of land east of the motorway at Schermbeck is much smaller than that on the western side," Klesen told The Local. But it was not always an easy sell. Both federal and EU funding followed and in September 2012, the €4.5 million, 2,700 square-metre bridge opened to animals. "It usually takes a year before an animal dares to cross the green bridge," Klesen said.
Visualising sustainability « Computing for SustainabilityNew (Dec 2011): “Sustainable Lens: A visual guide” published by NewSplash available through Amazon. How to convey the essence of sustainability in a few sketched lines? I’m wading through the net and my bookshelves to find examples of the genre. I’m looking for schematics of the notion of sustainability itself rather than the underlying science – greenhouse, carbon, meso climate process, ground water, etc for which there are a zillion diagrams. The list is not meant to be exhaustive, but if I’ve missed your favourite diagram, leave a link and I’ll add it to the list. In no particular order, here’s 100 125 137 158 179 188 218 255 of what I’ve found. 1. “This model recognises that the economy is a subset of society (i.e. it only exists in the context of a society), and that many important aspects of society do not involve economic activity. 2. This model is very very common (google search sustainability Venn). 3. 4. 5. 6. 7 Venn 3 with overlaps named (see also WKU) 8. 9. 12. 13. 14. 16. 17.
DegrowthDegrowth (in French: décroissance, in Spanish: decrecimiento, in Italian: decrescita) is a political, economic, and social movement based on ecological economics and anti-consumerist and anti-capitalist ideas. It is also considered an essential economic strategy responding to the limits-to-growth dilemma (see The Path to Degrowth in Overdeveloped Countries and Post growth). Degrowth thinkers and activists advocate for the downscaling of production and consumption—the contraction of economies—arguing that overconsumption lies at the root of long term environmental issues and social inequalities. Key to the concept of degrowth is that reducing consumption does not require individual martyring and a decrease in well-being. Rather, 'degrowthists' aim to maximize happiness and well-being through non-consumptive means—sharing work, consuming less, while devoting more time to art, music, family, culture and community. Background Resource depletion  Serge Latouche