Today, the franco-valdo-genevois region is creating a community in transition. (Thank you to the site transitiongeneveregion.net for this information and Eco-Attitude – www.ecoattitude.org.)
Stakeholders in the franco-valdo-genevois region who see the need for changing the paradigm, don’t remain isolated : join working groups and meetings in order to establish relationships and create synergy ! This large regional community needs to be created in order to allow us to absorb the shocks to come which will oblige us to change our behavior.
What is transition ?
It is ordinary citizens who organize themselves to prepare – in collaboration with their local authorities and in a positive spirit – community resilience in the face of changes in society which are coming. Conscious of the inevitable impacts on all communities of climate change and the depletion of natural resources of our planet, they are putting in place, on their territory (city, town, neighborhood, school, organization…), actions destined to lay the foundations of a society that is a better place to live by limiting as much as possible our ecological footprint.
The Transition Movement
The Transition Movement was born in the United Kingdom in 2006 in the small town of Totnes, from the initiative of a teacher in permaculture, Rob Hopkins. The movement has widened and spread to the five continents. At the beginning of 2012, nearly 1,000 initiatives were validated on the map of the site www.transitionnetwork.org, without counting all the groups that are in the process of becoming validated (“mulling”).
What does one do in a Transition group ?
Transition aims to activate the head, heart and hands in order to face the accumulating consequences of the depletion of resources (notably peak oil) and global warming. The head understands what is happening and raises awareness. The heart, by committing to change within, modifies the values on which rest our behavior as consumers, and to weave harmonious and warm ties with our fellow man. The hands pass to action without waiting and take responsibility without trying to delegate.
While developing a positive vision of the future and building on the opportunity of the crisis of civilization in which we find ourselves, to create a world that better conforms to our hopes, a Transition Group strives to :
-reduce its CO2 emissions and its fossil fuel energy consumption by creating its own energy reduction plan
-relocate economic activities
-intensify the ties between inhabitants and local stakeholders, notably through introduction of complementary currencies
-acquire or enhance the value of qualifications that would become necessary in a world without oil.
-work on the interior transition of each person, our values, our resistance to change, what we want for the education of young generations.
Stakeholders in the franco-valdo-genevois region who see the need for changing the paradigm, don’t remain isolated : join working groups and meetings in order to establish relationships and create synergy ! This large regional community needs to be created to allow us to absorb the shocks to come which will oblige us to change our behavior.
Le sel du lac - Geneva's local exchange system
Geneva also has its local exchange system - Le sel du lac. More than 130 members exchange goods, services and knowledge. Exchanges are measured in grains of salt. For some, this allows attending a course, lending a helping hand or exchanging goods. For others, it is a choice of a way of life, a desire to take a stand to resist the reigning system.