Transition Winnipeg • Mark Burch • Chair, Transition Winnipeg
Overview • What is Transition Winnipeg? • Transition Drivers • Possible Responses • Transition Winnipeg Proposes… • What Transition Winnipeg Promotes • Examples of Transition in Winnipeg
What is transition winnipeg? • a community-based network • strengthen community relationships • enhance economic, social and ecological resilience • relocalize the regional economy • strengthen food system security and literacy • steady-state economy and equity-based monetary system • encourage re-skilling of local society • inclusive of everyone in the community • informed by the best science available • promote joy, celebration, and community solidarity
Transition Drivers • Peak Everything (particularly peak oil) • Climate change • Economic contraction • Government paralysis
Possible responses • Complacency -- Business as usual; all is well. • Survivalism -- Buy canned goods, AK47, and head for the hills. • Consciously Managed Transition -- Create a new culture starting in our own neighbourhoods.
Transition Winnipeg Proposes • accept that the drivers of transition are real, inescapable, and call for a creative response from us; • meet challenges through creativity, cooperation, and celebration; • take an inclusive and community approach; • focus on local, neighborhood-based actions; • focus on actions that would strengthen and improve our neighborhoods even if peak oil, climate change and economic contraction weren’t happening.
Transition Winnipeg Promotes • Re-creating the energy supply system • Re-creating the financial system • Evolving transportation infrastructure • Evolving residential and commercial infrastructure • Evolving a culture of greater simplicity and resilience, with justice and equity • Evolving education toward re-skilling and local self-reliance • Developing a secure, healthy, locally self-reliant food system
Examples of Transition in Winnipeg • Intergenerational gardening program; • Permaculture forest garden; • Orchard project; • Gardening in the schools program; • A bike station and repair shop; • PegCity Car Co-op; • Accessible garden project at RVHC; • Community Conversation Series; • Community gardening sites at RV Garden Society, RVCC, and LRCC; • Active partnerships with the community centres in both neighbourhoods to promote sustainable community development in the area;
Contact • Transition Winnipeg • www.transitionwinnipeg.ca • email@example.com