Mt Albert – love it, share it.

You are invited to attend the Mt Albert Transition Town picnic – see flyer below. If you don't have prior knowledge of the Transition Towns 'movement' see the text below which is taken from http://www.transitiontowns.org
The Mt Albert group have been meeting for about 12 months now see our ning site. We hope any  of you who are interested in making Mt Albert a 'better place' will join us on the 24th March…..read on…

INVITATION:

Come and join Transition Mt Albert in the Unitec Hortecology Sanctuary for a picnic supper.
A chance to take a tour around these organic inner-city food gardens including the Food Forest as well hearing about Transition Towns and Permaculture New Zealand.
Time to meet and connect with other like-minded people in our community.

Where: Unitec Horetcology Sanctuary,
Gate 3 Carrington Road, Mt Albert
Time: Wednesday 24 March, 5:30 – 7:30pm
Bring: Blanket, food, drink.

Directions
• You enter Unitec via GATE 3, go straight ahead.
• On the right you will see the Auckland Blues rugby field for their
training, turn right there.
• Pass the Blues, take the road to the end (about 200mtr), and turn left.
On the corner is the Carrington Café.
• The Sanctuary is the next little entry on the right.
• The building is signed: “Hortecology Sanctuary proudly supported by
Workforce Auckland”. That is our tool shed.

Excerpt from http://www.transitiontowns.org

What is a Transition Town (or village / city / forest / island)?

Here's how it all appears to be evolving…

It all starts off when a small collection of motivated individuals within a community come together with a shared concern: how can our community respond to the challenges, and opportunities, of Peak Oil and Climate Change?

They begin by forming an initiating group and then adopt the Transition Model with the intention of engaging a significant proportion of the people in their community to kick off a Transition Initiative.

A Transition Initiative is a community working together to look Peak Oil and Climate Change squarely in the eye and address this BIG question:

"for all those aspects of life that this community needs in order to sustain itself and thrive, how do we significantly increase resilience (to mitigate the effects of Peak Oil) and drastically reduce carbon emissions (to mitigate the effects of Climate Change)?"

After going through a comprehensive and creative process of:

  • awareness raising around peak oil, climate change and the need to undertake a community lead process to rebuild resilience and reduce carbon
  • connecting with existing groups in the community
  • building bridges to local government
  • connecting with other transition initiatives
  • forming groups to look at all the key areas of life (food, energy, transport, health, heart & soul, economics & livelihoods, etc)
  • kicking off projects aimed at building people's understanding of resilience and carbon issues and community engagement
  • eventually launching a community defined, community implemented "Energy Descent Action Plan" over a 15 to 20 year timescale

This results in a coordinated range of projects across all these areas of life that strives to rebuild the resilience we've lost as a result of cheap oil and reduce the community's carbon emissions drastically.

The community also recognises two crucial points:

  • that we used immense amounts of creativity, ingenuity and adaptability on the way up the energy upslope, and that there's no reason for us not to do the same on the downslope
  • if we collectively plan and act early enough there's every likelihood that we can create a way of living that's significantly more connected, more vibrant and more in touch with our environment than the oil-addicted treadmill that we find ourselves on today.

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