Why Transition? In this video, some of our community members talk about Transition's importance in a changing world, as well as various projects on the horizon.
Where We Go From Here Opportunities and Solutions for an Interdependent World Last weekend, I was fortunate to attend “Where We Go From Here,” a conference at the Omega Institute for Holistic Studies near Rhinebeck, NY (http://www.eOmega.org). Omega is set in the hills of the Hudson valley and the campus features rolling green lawns, tall trees, and camp-style buildings linked by meandering mulch paths. The conference consisted of keynote speeches and a panel discussion, as well as opportunities to network with attendees. At the close, the audience was asked to consider three questions, which you can see if you scroll down to the very end. They’re good questions, so I hope you will consider them, too. My overall takeaway from the weekend is hopefulness. Watching world events unfold, one can easily get the impression that nothing positive is going on anywhere. It was humbling to hear the keynote speakers and realize how much has already been done to build a better future. All of the projects were extraordinary. It was inspiring to be among my fellow participants who were all determined to play a role in putting humanity on a wiser path than our current trajectory. If any of the talks summarized below spark your interest, you can view them for free until Dec. 5th (all except Clinton’s speech). Simply go to the Omega website, click on the Where Do We Go From Here panel, and register (name and email). You will receive a link, and there’s a drop-down menu with the individual speakers listed. * The Main Hall accommodates about 500 people on folding chairs, an intimate setting to hear one of the greatest public speakers of our time, President William Jefferson Clinton. Friday [...]
Post Carbon Institute Executive Director Asher Miller and Transition Movement Founder (and PCI Fellow) Rob Hopkins have released a provocative new paper making a convincing case for why the environmental community must embrace post-growth economics and community resilience in their efforts to address the climate crisis. Miller and Hopkins discuss the "New Normals" we face regarding our energy sources, our climate, and our economy, and explain how local community resilience efforts can be a key part of our response to these realities. Check out the report here.
The US Energy Information Administration (EIA) has just released results from its 2009 Residential Energy Consumption Survey. Household consumption profiles for 16 states, including New York, are available from their web site. Detailed information on the fact sheets cover many areas of interest: Overall energy use, electricity use, and expenditures Residential consumption by end use (air conditioning, heating, appliances) Main heating fuel Use of cooling equipment Housing types and year of construction Numbers of TVs and refrigerators Have a look and see how you and your fellow New Yorkers stack up!