Folks in Scotland were very fortunate to be able to invite Transition Trainer, Tina Clarke from the USA to visit on on the 2nd & 3rd of March 2019.
The first day was a Scottish Communities Climate Action Network Spring Gathering and Skillshare event. (more text here to summarise the day - David S to supply).
Tina wrapped up the first days session by sharing her experience of helping grassroots initiatives across America, Canada and Europe.
The second day was entitled 'Transition Training for a Carbon Neutral Scotland' and after a go-around to introduce ourselves, and what we wanted to gain from the day, Tina took us through what she called the 6 ways to create Social Change:
Tina also talked about the suitable scales of action.
Neighbourhood Level - smaller local clusters of neighbours/households (say approx 15 people within 15 mins walk of each other), where action should be focused on the practical (hands-on) activities. In Permaculture speak this would be the herb zone, chicken zone, etc. This could be communal growing spaces, orchards, compost bins, etc. Focusing on a Resilience of 1-3 weeks worth of resources.
Municipality/Community Level - town sized populations, where the outlook is broader in scope, looking and lifespan and legacy elements, food supply, water supply, heating, cooling, sanitation, with a Resilience focus on say 1-3 months.
and the Regional Level - were the focus might be on 1-3 years ahead, and be about local economics, energy plans for 100% renewables, 50% of food supply, etc.
Understanding these scales will help us to apply the right activities and planning at the appropriate level. ie there's no point in focusing on local economic issues at a neighbourhood level, and equally at a regional level it's very complex to organise big hands-on activities. In Scotland we need to look at streets, towns, villages, regions of cities as well as the larger regions and local authority levels of society and to channel our efforts to where they will be most effective an efficiently adopted.
Recommended Resources from the weekend are:
- Mark Jacobson - see link
- Story of Stuff
- Transition HealthCheck
- Climate Challenge Fund - Scottish Government funding for community-led projects.
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Reflections from attendees:
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Many thanks to David Somervell for organising the weekend and to Tina for making a deviation from her trip to Denmark to see us in Scotland.
Scottish Communities Climate Action Network
Book your place here for Scottish Communities CAN's Annual Gathering. This year we have two days of events: Day 1 takes a look at why local decision is the future of politics, and how that might look, through talks and participatory workshops. Day 2, which takes a closer look at the conditions needed for good decision making in your local group or community, is an experiential workshop.
Day 1: Politics as Though People and Planet Matter: Harnessing democracy for our communities’ futureCan we imagine a world in which communities have control over the decisions that matter to us, and the resources to act on them? Can we re-invent how we do local democracy and local politics? And what would this mean for community-led climate action? The draft programme for the day can be viewed here.
Day 2: Decision making and governance: building a healthy relationship to powerA training day with Claire Milne, Transition Network and Eva Schonveld, SCCAN
Dear followers and supporters of Transition movement in Scotland.
We've put together this short survey and would greatly appreciate your time and views on the questions within. Here's the link: https://goo.gl/forms/VMhdy9ZV9y13Dl3B3
As a wee incentive, the first 20 will have a prize draw of a box of Fairtrade Chocolates ... and then a further box for all the rest submitted by 20 April!
Would you like to be involved with Transition Scotland (TS)? We work in our communities to make them stronger, happier and truly sustainable. We have just become a National Hub, part of the global Transition Network, with members in every continent. Through our website http://www.transition.scot and our newsletters we connect those in Scotland inspired by Transition tools and techniques ... to make our work even more effective. We encourage group membership AND individual membership.
This short survey will inform our direction in the coming year. Please get in touch if you can get involved – and join our Learning Opportunity weekend with Sustaining Dunbar, Friday 20 - Sunday 22 April [Book via https://ts-dunbar.eventbrite.co.uk] Thanks for your ideas.
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