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of Great Barrington for their own take ...

On peak oil, climate change, thinking global and acting local as posted @zaadz by yeshe on July 25th, 2009
an introduction to which is copied below ...
 






I’ve just finished reading the Transition Handbook. Reading it has changed me. I’ve known about the transition movement for some time – I’ve been hearing Peter Merry talk about his experiences in the early days of Transition City Den Haag. We’ve been talking about transition countries – even Transition Planet. Now I know better what the fuss is about, and I’m all fired up!

The Transition Initiative is definitely a product of our times. To quote Richard HeinbergIf the 20th century was one of unprecedented growth in nearly every significant parameter (population, energy use, per capita consumption levels, etc.), the present century promises to be one characterised by declines in nearly all of those same categories, along with catastrophic weather events and drowning coastlines”.

The Transition Initiative is concerned with the transition to a post-fossil fuel society, based on the necessity of change forced by the twin premises of peak oil and climate change. Heinberg again: “Fossil fuel depletion might be seen as a good thing, given the horrific environmental costs of using those fuels. But our societal dependencies on oil, coal and gas constitute an enormous collective vulnerability, since there are no ready substitutes capable of fully replicating their services.

Thus, as fossil fuels go into decline, we will see a century of contraction in consumption levels that could cause the global economy to implode, undermining the survival prospects for the next generation. Unless we wean ourselves from these fuels proactively, societal support systems will crash just as the global climate gets pushed past a tipping point beyond which there will be nothing humans can do to avert worst-case impacts including sharply rising sea levels and devastated crops. Depletion and climate issues converge to make a deliberate, cooperative transition away from fossil fuels the centrepiece of our human survival strategy for the remainder of the 21st century
.”


NO RESPECT for your environment - NO RESPECT for YOURSELF

... and IF you are still NOT CONVINCED

take an hours break and steep yourself

in this VISION of Jeremy Rifkin


Grey : Integral Ideator (I-I)

about 4 hours later
Grey said


Lots of interesting stuff here, Helen!

One thing that I'm wondering about, though: You mention “destructive competition” as opposed to “cooperation”, and that's all fine and good,
but where does “constructive competition” fit in? Or is that not
considered realistic under these two movements? Or maybe something
along the lines of “competition + cooperation = constructive
competition”?

Thoughts?

Cheers,
G:D


yeshe : imaginal cell

about 5 hours later
yeshe said


Hi Grey! I think that competition is a key part of the picture - nothing wrong with it at all, it's a great evolutionary strategy - but there
comes a moment when it is no longer healthy or constructive. That's
when it becomes destructive - we need to know when our behaviour is
becoming pathological, and be able to diversify into healthier
behaviours as the context requires.

Right now, I suspect that we aren't quite awake enough as a species to be aware that we have a
choice in how to behave. My sense is that that awareness is over the
horizon right now, outside our awareness until we complete this next
phase of our collective evolution, which we are heading into now. The
global transition we are currently embarked on - if we make it through
- could well be the watershed beyond which we can awaken as a unified
human family and really get our shit together.


Michael : catalyst-producer

9 days later
Michael said


“in the spirit” of the people, for the people, by the people …

and no better succinct overview explanation of ”the situation” than
that presented by Monty Don the new President of the Soil Association.


Michael : catalyst-producer

2 months later
Michael said


… as I have said elsewhere, however, IT IS NOT just about holistic thinking

IT IS
about an acceptance of the infinite consequences of the interdependence of independence within that holistic thinking


Michael : catalyst-producer

2 months later
Michael said


As Rob Hopkins' has said in his book about how to start a Transition Initiative…

“It may feel that you will have to do it all yourself. You may feel overwhelmed by the prospect of all the work and complexity, but people will come forward to help. Indeed, many have commented on the serendipity of the whole process, how the right people appear at the right time. There is something about seizing that boldness, about making the leap from ”why is no-one doing anything ” to ”let's do something”, that generates the energy to keep it moving.”

Beyond sustainability through cooperation and collaboration - in fact

… and as Jay Griffiths has said in Changing the Scale of Change -

If the Transition Initiative is empowering for communities, THAT IS because there is an enormous latent energy there to be tapped, so that communities may be authors of their own story, hopeful, active, and belonging, rather than despairing, passive, and cynical.”




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Comment by Michael Grove on March 5, 2011 at 22:48
Comment by Michael Grove on November 27, 2013 at 9:42

Handcuffing pro-local policies

Trade watchdog groups have warned that the TPP and TTIP could constrict local and

national governments’ ability to protect and promote their local economies – a fact that

should inspire localists around the world to join the movement against these treaties.

For instance, a recent Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP) report notes that

Malaysia currently “prohibits foreign investment in supermarkets, fostering the development

of locally owned grocery stores”.[vi] Several chapters in the TPP could directly challenge this

law and open the way for Wal-Mart or other transnational supermarket chains to put

locally-owned stores out of business. Study after study have shown that these big-box

corporate behemoths are an “economic cancer” on our communities.[vii]

The TPP and TTIP could also include provisions that prevent local and national governments

from instituting pro-local procurement programs, such as local purchasing preferences that

favor sustainable and locally grown foods (e.g. Farm to School programs in the US). According

to IATP trade expert, Karen Hansen-Kuhn: “Both the U.S. and EU have criticized ‘localization

barriers to trade’. The EU, in particular, has been insistent on the inclusion of procurement

commitments in TTIP at all levels of government, for all goods, and in all sectors…”[viii]

Comment by Michael Grove on December 14, 2013 at 22:25

Connecting everything - connessione 

Meaning connection, for Leonardo connessione was ‘recognition of and appreciation for the interconnectedness of all things and phenomena’. Today we recognise this concept as systems thinking or what some businesses call interdependence. Much of Leonardo’s output is based on his ability to form new patterns through connections and combinations of different elements.

Comment by Michael Grove on December 21, 2013 at 7:43

A Vision for Conscious Community

We see a world where groups and circles of people gather together regularly to support one

another in the manifestation of whatever their individual dreams are; where people easily

align with each other because everyone wants only for the highest good of all and everyone else;

and where the people are socializing, sharing food, playing, and having fun when they come

together.

We see communities popping up everywhere with high creative ideals; where new ideas, inventions,

arts, handicrafts, technological and recreational projects abound; and where the people are loving

what they do because they are doing what they love. 

And we see communities frequently devoting time together for the sacred aspects of life;

where they remember to create a spiritual environment that makes it easy for everyone in

the community to experience ONENESS.

Comment by Michael Grove on May 25, 2015 at 6:33

A Vision for Family and Community

I envision a world where there is no longer any need for a government department of social services or child protective services. There is no need as the families are all intact - a mother, father, divine loving groups of people working together to raise our beautiful children. None will be living on the street as every community will provide for and care for everyone else in the community, especially the children.

I see a world where prevention of anything to protect children is unnecessary as all children will be nurtured......Divine loving, caring, families...Divine Feminine / Masculine energy surrounding and being the cornerstone of every family.

And So It IS!

The Intenders of the Highest Good; Vision Alignment Project by Michael-Manna

Comment by Michael Grove on April 2, 2016 at 18:42

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