Transition Initiatives mobilizing for Moving Planet!

Transition Initiatives are getting set for Moving Planet: A day to move beyond fossil fuels coming up on Saturday, September 24th, 2011! Here's (just) a snapshot of what they've got planned.

Asheville Asheville, NC: A progressive day of action, starting downtown at the WNCA Transportation Workshop, followed by a kick-off event and then on to other events in the Asheville area! Asheville’s Moving Planet unfolds with sponsorship from The Canary Coalition, the Sierra Club, Transition Asheville, the United Nations Association-USA (Western NC Chapter), and the WNC Alliance.  The Canary Coalition will create a video-documentary of Asheville’s Moving Planet event.and to focus on how we might help move our world beyond fossil fuels (see 

Ann Arbor, MI: Transition Ann Arbor teamed up with other local groups to organize a collection of events in Washtenaw County: "We have been encouraging everyone to participate in 2 ways: hold a local gathering (anytime) and come to the culminating event (Sunday, 9/25, 3-5pm)." The cultminating event agenda will be include I. Sharing out of visions, plans, and challenges to our policy makers to respond with policies we need to create a livable future ii. Brief responses by several policy makers  iii. Networking at stations including FOOD, TRANSPORTATION, ENERGY, HOUSING, and perhaps EDUCATION, WATER, LAND…and iv. Bike Parade! More info on their websites here and here.

South Bay, Los Angeles, CA: From Transition South Bay, LA

Here in the South Bay we have an extraordinary opportunity to embrace two ready-to-roll sustainable solutions that not only address climate change, but will also improve our health, well-being and the livability of our communities -- The South Bay Bicycle Master Plan and the Vitality City Livability Plan.

Both plans are up for City Council approval in the Beach Cities this fall and on September 24 citizens of Redondo Beach, Hermosa Beach and Manhattan Beach will walk, bike, run, rollerblade and skateboard to our “Moving Planet South Bay – Bikeable, Walkable, Livable!” event. 

On August 2, 2011 the Manhattan Beach City Council endorsed our “Moving Planet South Bay” event and approved the use of the 13th Street Farmers Market site as the venue on September 24. We are very excited to be partnering with the City of Manhattan Beach, Vitality Cities, the South Bay Bicycle Coalition and South Bay 350 Climate Action Group in planning this rally and celebration.

At this fun, free, uplifting event we’ll demonstrate our support for the Bicycle Master Plan and Vitality City Livability Plan and connect with others who share our passion and interest in creating more livable neighborhoods with less pollution and greenhouse gas emissions, and giving our children, grandchildren, parents and grandparents a better way of life. 

The September 24 Moving Planet South Bay event will teach, entertain, encourage and motivate people. It will give them an opportunity to have their voices heard. And it will allow individuals, families, organizations and businesses to get involved and make a positive difference for the future of our cities and our quality of life.

Berkeley, CA: Transition Berkeley teamed up with the East Bay Bike Coalition and the Ecology Center to kick off the day with complementary coffee and bagels at the downtown Bike Station, ride through the streets of Berkeley to show support for the bicycle and other sustainability solutions.

Culver City, CATransition Culver City is hosting an Alternative Transportation Parade to celebrate and explore fossil-free transportation in Culver City, in partnership with several organizations including Sustainable StreetsreDiscover Center, and Culver City Bicycle CoalitionCheck TCC’s video of last year’s action here!

Bellingham, WA: Transition Whatcom is co-sponsoring Bike Bellingham, their local contribution to Moving Planet and they'll have 10 bike rides from 10 schools, a climate rally and for advanced riders, a ride to Cherry Point! Read more.

Olympia, WA: The Green Party of South Puget Sound and Transition Olympia/Olympia Climate Action have teamed up to bring Moving Planet Day To Olympia. The event will be a full day of activities with a bike ride, buskers, speakers and more.

Unity, ME: Transition folks are organizing a Common Ground Country Fair: "Imagine the powerful image of hundreds—maybe thousands—of Common Ground Country Fair attendees parading through the fair, forming the number 350, then raising local organic summer squash and pumpkins (or their empty hands) to the sky in celebration of the climate change solutions offered by limited consumption and support of local agriculture and economy.

Putney, VT: Vermonters from the Brattleboro/Bellows Falls area are trekking north to join Moving Planet Vermont in Montpelier, to help build a state that's green for all and light the path to 350! Info on the Transition Putney website here.

Charlotte, VT: Transition Charlotte and the Committee on Contemplation and Social Action of the Charlotte Congregational Church are hosting an Awakening the Dreamer, Changing the Dream Symposium.

Newburyport, MA: From Transition Newburyport:

On Saturday, September 24th, join others from the Newburyport area to be part of Moving Planet New England and the worldwide Moving Planet event calling on our elected leaders, businesses and communities to get serious about moving beyond fossil fuels. Individuals and groups from all over New England will be traveling into Boston by bike, on foot, by boat or public transportation to make one big, bold, beautiful statement:

We have the power to build a secure, healthy, just and sustainable future for our children and our planet

Rolling parades will move from North Station, South Station, Park Street Station and Long Wharf North starting at 3 PM to the Rally for Solutions at Columbus Waterfront Park where New England will join the rest of the world in a peaceful, festive rally calling on leaders at all levels to take action to speed the transition away from fossil fuels. The rally will be emceed by Steve Curwood of Living on Earth and the soul-n-rock band Melodeego will perform. The gathering will be an opportunity to exchange ideas, find out what others are doing and to get involved.

Individuals and groups from the Newburyport area are invited to gather at the Newburyport MBTAstation at 12:30 PM to take the 12:48 train into Boston to join the rally. You are invited to dress up, make puppets, bring banners or images, to reflect what you are doing to reduce reliance on fossil fuels and express your vision of a fossil-fuel free future.

Wayland, MA: Transition Wayland is organizing a historic Walk from Wayland to Walden (5.5 miles north on Rt. 126). Photo below of members making posters...

Durham, NC: Transition Durham is organizing Moving Planet: What the Triangle can do for the Sphere:

We'll have people coming from all directions on bikes, carpooling in hybrids and biodiesel cars, walking, using public transportation (and yes, cars, too), converging together for the special event. We'll have zumba dancing and standing yoga poses, so an active movement and a grounding movement to connect with the Earth! We'll have speakers, organizations with booths, an environmental quiz, cooking with local, sustainable foodroving ask a question and more.
We're aiming for 1,000+ people. We've talked about having an event that is multi-cultural and inter-generational, with a broad appeal. The goal is to move the planet--shift behaviors, create awareness, educate.
In Oklahoma City, OK: Transition Oklahoma is sponsoring Moving Planet Oklahoma: Action-Art-Festival for a top-10 state in health and sustainability - 
Cycling, walking, skating, dancing to Oklahoma City Hall to create art for health and sustainability!

The Action - We'll meet at the Womb Gallery (25 NW 9th St) and travel to the steps of the Oklahoma City Hall together. 

The Art - We'll assemble a piece of art symbolizing the healthy bodies and healthy planet that we need.

The Festival - We'll continue on to the festival for activities, food and beverage to celebrate this international day of action inspired by



To add your event to this list, please post a comment below!

Transition US is proud to be a partner with Moving Planet - learn more below:

Moving Planet will be a day to put our demands for climate action into motion—marching, biking, skating—calling for the world to go beyond fossil fuels.

WHY: For too long, our leaders have denied and delayed, compromised and caved. That era must come to an end: it's time to get moving on the climate crisis.

WHERE: All over the world.

WHEN: September 24, 2011

WHO: You, your friends, your family, your neighbors

For more info, check the frequently asked questions page.

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