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.
Members of Transition Scotland will be at the forthcoming SCCAN gathering (see below) and we'll be running one of the afternoon workshops on the health of your organisation.
We are also having our own Transition Scotland mini gathering after the main event.
Transition Scotland gathering Feb 4th, Edinburgh
These are exciting times in Transition Scotland!
We plan to meet, celebrate all these things, and discuss many more after the Scottish Communities Climate Action Network gathering on February 4th in Edinburgh. We will gather outside the venue at 5pm and head to a nearby pub. Do come along if you can!
SCCAN Gathering - Feb 4th 2017, Edinburgh
The Scottish Communities Climate Action Network (SCCAN) are having their Annual Gathering 9.30-4.30 on Saturday 4 February 2017, David Hume Tower*, George Sq, Edinburgh EH8 9JX.
Book at https://sccan4feb.eventbrite.co.uk
A day packed with inspirational talks and workshops with lots of space for you to share as well!
Highlights of the day include:
Social evening 6-9pm Friday 3 February, David Hume Tower.
For those of you nearby – or coming the day before to stay over – we invite you for an informal Social with food and drink on the Friday evening. This is a chance to get to know each other more. Paul Allen will join us for this – to share his experience of moving ideas into action. Register at https://sccan3feb.eventbrite.co.uk
9.30 Registration opens. - refreshments
10.00 Welcome and warm up session
10.30 Plenary Session
Suzy Goodsir of Greener Kirkcaldy, on Lessons from Fife CCAN’s pilot regional network
Paul Allen of Centre for Alternative Technology, on Zero Carbon Britain 2: Making It Happen
11.15 Workshops 1
13.25 Workshops 2
14.40 Open Space: topics generated by participants
A Special Guest gives feedback from Open Space discussions: sharing the next steps
17:00 Transition Scotland folks head to the pub to discuss TS stuff.
* Location map at https://goo.gl/lb1Q92
Link to follow... please use the contact form in the interim.
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