From Carolyne Stayton, Transition US Executive Director:
The day before the International Transition Conference in England last month, I was one of thirteen participants from nine countries—Australia, Belgium, Brazil, England, Italy, Portugal, Scotland, Sweden, and the US—to participate in the first-ever international Transition gathering for self-identified “young adults” (or “youngers”), as well as adults who are focused on supporting young adult participation in Transition.
Hank Herrera (at right) has a vision of how to be with the land – something ancient that can be reclaimed for the future.
It’s something he’d like to offer the University of California Board of Regents.
The Transition Network conference this year was held in rural Devon in the South of England at a former agricultural college called Seale-Hayne. From September 18th through the 20th 350 participants from 35 countries came together to explore Transition, learn from one another, and share their hopes and dreams for real community resil
“Houses don’t make neighborhoods – neighbors make neighborhoods,” a friend recently told me.
After more than a year in the making (with lots of expert and volunteer support) we have finally released our neighborhood carbon/water/waste reduction project, Transition Streets. If you are interested in what this scrappy nonprofit can do with help from a lot of friends and supporters take a look here: http://transitionstreets.org/.
Divestment is the opposite of investment: you can think of it like “uninvesting.”
To divest from fossil fuels means to sell all the oil and gas company stocks in your investment portfolio (or your university’s portfolio, or your faith community’s portfolio, or your city’s portfolio…). For a deeper explanation of what it is, see What is Divestment from Fossil Fuels? Here I'm going to presume you understand what it is, and discuss what to do about it as an activist within your community or organization.
The process of divesting from fossil fuels follows a certain timeline. And where an organization is on this timeline determines the type of action, talking points, and answers that activists need to use. I break the timeline down into the Consideration phase, the Declaration, and the Implementation phase.
It is with mixed feelings that I share the news that I will be moving on from my role at Transition US. I will be shifting to focus on another area of community resilience, working at the local Department of Health Services.