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Mon Feb 25, 2013, 05:01 AM

anyone here involved in a Transition roup (Post-peak oil)?

"Inspired by the idea of building resilience around local, grassroots economies in response to peak oil and climate change, the transition movement has evolved into a global network of cities, towns, and neighborhoods that self-organize around the principles not only of reducing CO2 emissions but doing it by fostering happy, healthy, and creative communities.Inspired by the idea of building resilience around local, grassroots economies in response to peak oil and climate change, the transition movement has evolved into a global network of cities, towns, and neighborhoods that self-organize around the principles not only of reducing CO2 emissions but doing it by fostering happy, healthy, and creative communities."

http://www.transitionus.org/blog/bring-transition-town-style-sharing-your-community

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Reply anyone here involved in a Transition roup (Post-peak oil)? (Original post)
ellenrr Feb 2013 OP
dtom67 Feb 2013 #1
canoeist52 Feb 2013 #2
kohodog Feb 2013 #3
happyslug Feb 2013 #4
ellenrr Feb 2013 #5
wordpix Mar 2013 #6

Response to ellenrr (Original post)

Mon Feb 25, 2013, 05:54 AM

1. only on my family compound...

We are trying to liv sustainably and produce our own food.

Of course, you understand that if peak oil really does crash the economy, that will be the cue for the begining of martial law. Your " local economies " may be viewed as political aggression...

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Mon Feb 25, 2013, 07:57 AM

2. Food Sharing initiative - a better way. I like this.

"Transition Palo Alto, for example, organizes a regular garden share, a “free” backyard farmers’ market at their local community farm or garden supply center where people bring homegrown fruit, vegetables, eggs, herbs, or honey they have to share and take home something they don’t. Fruit and veggie swaps are popular and successful in all latitudes, from Transition Town Peterborough's (Ontario) Purple Onion Festival to gatherings in Henley, Newport and Darebin across the Australian continent.

Under the motto "share what's already there," Transition Stratford in the UK has taken their Harvest Share into the local community, where members collect excess fruit from people's gardens and distribute it to care homes, children's centers, and churches. Using one of the most ancient forms of food sharing, Transition Sarasota's Suncoast Gleaning Project has moved 75,000 pounds of fresh, local, organic, and tax-deductible surplus produce from local farms to their local Florida food bank. Talk about Gleaning for Good!"

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Response to ellenrr (Original post)

Mon Feb 25, 2013, 08:21 AM

3. Transition Towns are big

in the Hudson Valley and Berkshires. There are some very active groups doing everything from developing micro grids to tool libraries, CSA's and much more.

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Response to ellenrr (Original post)

Tue Feb 26, 2013, 11:51 AM

4. No, but I have done some short papers on the concepts on DU

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Most relate to how we could adjust to a post-oil economy but looking at the past and how we did live prior to oil.

I also point out there will be differences, for example the Interstate Highway System will still exist, something that did NOT exist in the pre-oil age. If you look at a road in the pre-oil age, and today's road, the difference is huge, and today's road will survive, maybe as dirt tracks but will survive (which is what happen to the Roman Roads of Imperial Rome, many survive to this day, having been abandoned and then rebuilt on the Roman Foundations).

Another set of changes is the extent of electronic communications, would it be cheaper to set up and keep up today's internet or revert to a book base system? With books you have the cost of HAULING the books all over the place, costs that can be much higher then keeping up the net. Thus I foresee the Net Surviving, and books not (Through how much of the net will survive is an open question, production of lap tops may become big business, but as stand alone computers with much of today's knowledge on each given the possibility of massive increase in stortage capacity).

Paper I did in regards to the raise and future decline of Suburbia,
http://www.democraticunderground.com/113025

Some comments in regard to German use of Horses and bicycles during WWII:
http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.php?az=show_mesg&forum=115&topic_id=5570&mesg_id=5709

This thread lead to other threads on the same subject:
http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.php?az=show_mesg&forum=115&topic_id=163827&mesg_id=163949


Military and peak oil:
http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.php?az=show_mesg&forum=115&topic_id=94367&mesg_id=94389

Fusion on the Railroad tunnels to NYC:
http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.php?az=show_mesg&forum=115&topic_id=128857&mesg_id=128968

WWII when the US used Wind to propel a Carrier:
http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.php?az=show_mesg&forum=102&topic_id=4769418&mesg_id=4769997

Differences between the 1880s and today:
http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.php?az=show_mesg&forum=102&topic_id=5060007&mesg_id=5060576

Return to Feudalism?
http://betterment.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.php?az=view_all&address=115x228085#228119

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Response to happyslug (Reply #4)

Wed Feb 27, 2013, 05:26 AM

5. thanks for the links...

also, the doc. "The Power of Community" shows how Cuba handled the end of peak oil when the Soviet Union dissolved.

One of the consequences was a marked decrease in number of strokes, heart attacks, and in diabetes, due to people walking and biking, and due to a diet that included more fresh vegetables.

And Cuba embarked on a system of organic farming which to this day is one of the best in any country.

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Response to ellenrr (Original post)

Sat Mar 2, 2013, 10:22 PM

6. my small town (pop 8500) has a transition group

Unfortunately, I'm out of town a lot lately but the events are really great and community-oriented.

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