Rob Hopkins added a post at Transition Culture, “Energy Descent Action Plans for cities: some thoughts…”. That post and its comments raise good issues about planning for an Energy Descent Action Plan (EDAP). See my summary, Planning for an Energy Descent Action Plan (EDAP).
Free Friday Night Film Series
at World Centric, 7:30 – 9:30 P.M.
2121 Staunton Ct., Palo Alto (behind JJ&F Market)
- May 14 – Power of Community – When the Soviet Union collapsed, Cuba couldn’t export its sugar or import oil . This film shows how Cuba weathered the crisis. Powerful, insightful, and uplifting. Don’t miss this one! (Check out the post-film discussion “map” from Feb. 19, PDF)
- May 21 – King Corn – A feature documentary about two friends, one acre of corn, and the subsidized crop that drives our fast-food nation.
- May 28 – Two Angry Moms – What’s wrong with school lunches? Strategies for overcoming roadblocks and getting healthy, good tasting, real food into school cafeterias.
- June 4 – Establishing a Food Forest – How to establish and maintain a food forest, one of the main sustainable systems that will allow us to inhabit this planet indefinitely.
- June 11 – In Transition – How local communities, like ours, can respond to peak oil and global warming while building community and enjoying life. (Check out the post-film discussion “map” from Mar. 12, PDF)
- June 18 – Potluck (Let’s share food that’s been grown within 100 miles !)
Lively discussions will follow each film.
Sponsored by Acterra, Silicon Valley Action Network, Slow Food South Bay, Transition Palo Alto, Transition Silicon Valley, and World Centric
Outline of The Transition Handbook with Notes
Introduction: Tantalizing glimpses of resilience
- Resilience refers to the ability of a system to hold together and maintain its functions in the face of change and shocks from outside. The book argues that building local resilience is key. A resilient culture thrives by living within its limits, and can function indefinitely.
- The Achilles heel of economic globalization is its degree of oil dependency. Moving away from oil dependency, toward more localized energy-efficient and productive living arrangements, is inevitable.
- Our culture is underpinned with cultural myths, misleading and harmful stories, which we must replace.
- The book favors generating a “sense of elation, rather than the guilt, anger and horror that most campaigning involves.” The book advocates a “sense of anticipation, elation and a collective call to adventure … positive engagement and new storytelling … [exploring] the possibilities of applied optimism …” It offers a vision of “an extraordinary renaissance—economic, cultural and spiritual … making a nourishing and abundant future a reality.”
A group of us met every week or two to discuss The Transition Handbook. Afterwards a few attended a “Training for Transition” workshop.
- are rooted in community and are not dependent on any one person
- find common ground among the many individuals and groups who care about the well-being of the community
- are inclusive; avoiding “us and them”
- use peak oil awareness as a tool to help people think about living with low energy usage and with local resilience
- provide forums for people to dream of positive outcomes, and create a vision of an abundant future
- create a sense that something new, fascinating, and transformative is happening
- address widely held concerns
- move forward flexibly, with ideas reworked regularly
- incubate many specific projects; in many cases by working with other community groups
- respond to both the need for practical life skills and for psychological training in how to cultivate positive visions and deal with fear, discouragement, etc.
- keep an emphasis on personal responsibility, and use advice as recommendation, not prescription
Four Key Assumptions
- Life with much lower energy consumption is inevitable and it’s best to prepare.
- We currently lack the resilience we need to cope with a lower-energy future.
- We have to act collectively now.
- With our collective genius we can design an energy descent that features better ways of living than our current lifestyle.
TSC adds a fifth:
- It is impossible to be resilient without also being equitable.