We are Nashvillians who are working on making our lives as individuals, as families, as communities, as a city more sustainable as we recognize the multiple challenges that are being faced worldwide. We are thinking globally and acting locally. Recommended reading: The Transition Companion / Rob Hopkins. a video composed from Transition Towns around the world http://www.vimeo.com/8029815.
Be Sure to click on the "About" on the menu on the left for MUCH more! There is a table contents under that link. Be sure to check that out. There is much educational material about this movement that shows us how to go about making change happen. Also, there are forums on various topics set under the Discussions tab. Join us on Facebook at Transition Nashville.
"One of the most powerful aspects of the global Transition Movement is its emphasis on COMMUNITY, and the collective genius that manifests when a group of caring, connected people work together toward identifying and achieving a common vision of what is possible. No matter how great the challenges we face, they are no match for such a potent force as this. Indeed, it is the diversity and range of ideas we each bring to the table, the individual talents and passions we share, that make real what was previously unimagined, or simply support and enhance what may already be underway." - Sue Shann
Official and unofficial Transition-Nashville stances
Transition Nashville is part of a world wide movement founded by Rob Hopkins. Hopkin's first book, The Transition Handbook, has been superseded by the recently released The Transition Companion - Making your community more resilient in uncertain times.
From page 39 of the more recent book
Recognitions underpinning the Transition response
* Climate change and peak oil require urgent action
*Life with less energy is inevitable. It is better to plan for it than to be taken by surprise
*Industrial society has lost the resilience to be able to cope with the energy shocks.
*We have to act together,now
*Infinite growth within a finite system (such as planet Earth) is impossible
*We demonstrated great ingenuity and intelligence as we raced up the energy curve over the last 150 years. There's no reason why we can't use those qualities and more, as we negotiate our way up from the depths towards the sun and air.
*If we plan and act early enough, and use our creativity and cooperation to unleash the genius within our local communities, we can build a future far more fulfilling and enriching, more connected to and more gentle on the Earth, than the life we have today. - Rob Hopkins
The unofficial stance is if someone wants to build a strawbale house because they think it is cool to do that and they do not believe in peak oil, that is OK. There are so many actions that may be taken from motivations other than the list of recognitions above that accomplish the same as actions motivated from the above list.
Members are urged to come forward with their ideas for research and projects and learning/teaching situations they will put energy into and use this Meetup to find participants in your project, if your project fits in with the aims of the Transition Movement. - Cindy MoonRose