By Rachel Roddam
There are lots of reasons to get Transition happening in your street or suburb.
Transition is a great excuse to meet some of our basic needs. Belonging. Contributing. Connecting. Companionship. It’s also a great way to find all those wonderful people who know about growing good food at home, who care about climate change and who are looking to act to create the future we desire – a future with more time for family, less pollution, fewer deadlines, more celebration. Sounds great, doesn’t it, so how do we get started?
A good starting point is to get in touch with some existing Transition groups. You can find someone to talk to at Sustainable Living Tasmania, or look up Transition groups here: Or you might like to start a conversation on the Transition Tasmania social network site.
Now, how would it look if you put word out in your community, and a good number of people turned up to hear about Transition and to jump on board? How would that happen? Some of us kick started by gathering friends to help out, book a venue (your local school? hall?) find a speaker (ask Sustainable Living Tasmania) or choose a movie to show. Power of Community gives a good rundown on Peak Oil, and is very positive. There’s a big list here of relevant flicks.
Be sure to supply hot drinks and some good tucker, preferably something home cooked or from the garden, to demonstrate how great Transition can be.
Put together a website where people can connect. I strongly recommend Wiser Earth as it provides connections to like minded people and resources both locally and globally.
Have pen and paper available so that attendees can sign up, providing their phone and email. Give them a business card with your website, a phone number and email address on it. Be sure to ask if people are interested in driving the group, in attending workshops, sharing produce… allow time for a discussion circle about what people would like to see happen in their patch, and what they are willing to do to make that happen.
There are over 25 Tasmanian Transition groups. Be sure to connect with existing groups for a helping hand. They will be motivated by connecting with you too.
Transition is an organic process, and the shape it takes will be influenced by the passions and resources of those involved.
There are many people out there looking to turn their climate change worries into a positive energy. Many too are looking for some guidance in living a sustainable lifestyle, and to cut their living costs. Transition makes sense, and it is what many of us are longing for.
Remember to imagine how Transition in your patch will look as a success, and go for it.
(Rachel Roddam [Dip. Mech. Eng.] lives in a shed with her three children in the Derwent Valley. She is turning her 6.5 acre patch into food forest and is passionate about the Transition Towns movement. Rachel’s art has been used to promote Transition as far as Denmark and California. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org for support in kick starting your Transition initiative.)