Transition Anderson moves toward sustainable living

March 24, 2010
Lisa Wakeland
Cincinnati Community Press

They're daunting global problems but Transition Anderson is trying to tackle the issues on a local level.

The new group - less than a year old - is part of a larger Transition movement with more than 40 national and international initiatives.

"We're taking an integrated and inclusive approach to build resilience within our community to withstand the effects of climate change, a decrease in oil supply and economic instability," said Debbie Weber, one of the group's co-founders. "Many people feel isolated when they try to do these things themselves."

From shopping at farmers markets and supporting local businesses to participating in local government and using trail systems, the Transition Anderson movement is a community-based way to move toward sustainable living.

"We're trying to help people understand the relationship (among these issues) and give people a hopeful way of dealing with these issues," said Jim Weber, one of the co-founders. "It's getting people together to brainstorm and work together to make solutions on a local level."

Debbie acknowledged these can be complicated and scary issues, but said addressing the problems as a community will help.

The initiative began last June and has tackled a number of different projects such as joining a community supported agricultural farm, hosting sustainable living gatherings and starting an educational movie series at the Anderson library branch.

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