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Screening of Transition Video Shorts, Wed. October 19

From: user 6.
Sent on: Tuesday, October 11, 2011 9:14 PM

Screening of Transition Video Shorts
Wednesday, October 19, 7 – 9 PM

Seafarer’s and International House
123 East 15th Street, NY, NY
No charge to attend. $5 donation requested.

Short version:

Four short videos illustrate that sustainability is about preparing our communities not just for climate change and extreme weather events, but the economic changes that will result from depletion of natural resources and fossil fuels. Facilitated discussion between and after the screenings. The Transition community organizing method aims to raise awareness about global issues at the community level, both to encourage participation in sustainability initiatives, and to build new alliances between environmental advocates and neighborhood civic groups. Many communities have been influenced by the method, such as Brooklyn’s Sustainable Flatbush. Details at

Long version:

- “300 Years of FOSSIL FUELS in 300 Seconds,” Post Carbon Institute (5 minutes)
- ABC Catalyst March 2011 Peak Oil Report (12 minutes)
- “Who killed economic growth?” PCI (6 minutes)
- TED talk with Rob Hopkins, Transition movement founder (19 minutes)
Discussions between and after all the screenings.

Links to YouTube videos here

Link to flyer PDFs here.

Why should we expand the sustainability discussion in NYC, and how can the Transition community organizing method speed up this process? NYC is getting greener, but sustainability is more than just responding to climate change and extreme weather events. As supplies of natural resources and fossil fuels deplete, rising costs will cause permanent economic changes. Urban planners and community activists are increasingly striving not just for sustainability, but resilience, so we can adapt as things change. Raising awareness about the interdependence of energy, environment and economy will encourage smart choices. By conserving energy, turning to mass transit and renewable power while relocalizing production of goods and services, we can assure better quality of life in NYC neighborhoods while moving toward real sustainability.

The Transition method starts by educating residents about the full scope of sustainability issues. Participants envision their community successfully adapted by 2030, brainstorm what steps they need to take, and pick a few to start with. Hundreds of communities around the world have begun Transition initiatives. Many other communities have been influenced by the methods, such as Brooklyn’s Sustainable Flatbush. To set up a screening for your organization, contact [address removed].

Co-sponsors: Beyond Oil NYC, NYC Business Smart, Metro NYC Environmental Meetup, Neighborhood Energy Network, Sustainable Flatbush.

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