Framing – Challenges and Opportunities

Lists that came out of Transition Town State College steering group meetings May 30, 2010, at Ahimsa Village in Julian, PA, and June 6, 2010, in Lemont.

CHALLENGES

  • Getting more people aware and involved
  • Overcoming fear of change
  • Developing willingness to make sacrifices
  • Remaining positive in the face of tremendous change/challenge
  • Learning to working together cooperatively and manage conflict
  • Changing habits and lifestyles
  • Practicing turning ideas into reality, thoughts into actions
  • Keeping momentum going
  • Relearning lost skills
  • Adapting existing infrastructure – sewage, transport system, food supply
  • Developing better public transport for people and goods
  • Overcoming bureaucratic inertia, especially in the short-term
  • Adapting the current healthcare system – based on denial of mortality, fear of death, treatment of symptoms rather than causes – to post-carbon health care needs.
  • Finding alternatives to petrochemical medicines
  • Caring for the elderly
  • Growing and storing enough food, with variety, within our seasonal cycles.
  • Creating new energy production and distribution systems. Most homes, schools and hospitals currently depend on oil/gas.
  • Creating new building systems – local materials, non-mechanical/fuel-dependent methods.
  • Rebuilding the local economy, now reliant on fuel-intense tourism

OPPORTUNITIES

  • Creating community and mutual support, possibly using traditional/tribal models
  • Reconnecting within local community, and with other local communities
  • Increasing local entertainment and community activities
  • Combining traditional knowledge, methods & wisdom with modern knowledge
  • Rebalancing values
  • Increasing local skills base – learn new skills and re-learn old skills
  • Creating community gardens, which also serve a social function as gathering places
  • Creating permaculture systems on allotments – to grow food and reduce food miles
  • Rebuilding local agriculture
  • Shopping locally and sustaining local businesses
  • Saving energy – insulation, solar panels, light bulbs
  • Providing local energy
  • Becoming less dependent on cars
  • Simpler, more sustainable lifestyles
  • Using local materials, appreciating and protecting native resources better
  • Less waste
  • Improving health – eating less packaged/processed food, getting more exercise, supporting mental and emotional health through stronger social ties.
  • Changing healthcare – more home births, personal responsibility for health
  • Learning to have ecological funeral/burials
  • Reconnecting with the Earth; remembering that we are part of a web of reciprocal living systems; Remembering our responsibility to the Earth; accountability to future generations.
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