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.
Fri 20th (eve) to Sun 22nd (lunchtime) April'18
The Transition Scotland regional hub invite you and your community group for a Learning Visit to Sustaining Dunbar in East Lothian: 7pm Friday 20 April - 1pm Sunday 22 April
Book at https://ts-dunbar.eventbrite.co.uk[One booking per person: scroll down to tick your requests]
A Group Visit / Learning Opportunity - exploring Sustaining Dunbar's application of Transition Network principles and practiceFriday 20th April7pm Join Sustaining Dunbar Pot-Luck Supper Social at Belhaven Church Hall, Belhaven Rd, Dunbar EH42 1NH.
Discussion on a Plastic Free Coastline project, with guest presentation from local Surfers Against Sewage.
Saturday 21st AprilBleachingfield Centre, Countess Crescent, Dunbar, EH42 1DX
10am Welcome and Introductory Session
11am Learning through sharing our stories
1pm Lunch, provided by the Ridge Cafe
1.30pm Learning visits offered to: Backlands Project / Zero Waste Hub / John Muir Birthplace /
European Stone Stacking Event / Dunbar Harbour & Battery etc.
2.30pm Open Space Discussions x 2
4.30pm Closing Circle and reflections
5pm Free time
7-10pm Optional Social Evening / Gourmet Green Supper (v) (Please book)
Sunday 22nd April10am Optional meeting / activities:
- Transition Scotland Core Group Meeting: interested in shaping the role of the TS Hub? (27 High St, Dunbar, EH42 1EN)
- Work Party at Belhaven Community Garden
- Walks eg. follow the clifftop trail from Dunbar Harbour to Belhaven Beach and John Muir Country Park
1pm Lunch and depart.
Accommodation Options:Couchsurfing with Sustaining Dunbar members where possible - please register your requirements asap.
Camp: www.meadowhead.co.uk/Belhaven-Home / www.campingandcaravanningclub.co.uk/campsites/uk/eastlothian/dunbar/dunbar
B&B: Springfield Guest House, Belhaven Rd, Tel 01368 862502 / Emmaus Guest House, 4 Newhouse Ter, Tel 01368 863949 / Rowan Cottage, North Road, Tel. 01368 863551
Self-catering: see: AirBnB or TripAdvisor
NOTE 1: We hope noone will be prevented from participating due to funding problems - please contact the organisers if you need a bursary / can offer to help organisation of things in exchange for free entry.
NOTE 2: We hope all travel expenses can be reimbursed through a Learning Exchange Fund. Keep receipts to claim.
NOTE 3: Please make one booking per participant.
Supplementary question if you are bringing family / kids.
No online fees for the two priced items.
Suggest small donation to couchsurf hosts.
Link to follow... please use the contact form in the interim.
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