Inspirational Communities

Transition NetworkTTT ACEI have been attending various Transition Town Tooting (TTT) events for a few years now and am mainly involved in community garden activities. On Friday night I went to the Transition Town Tooting Annual Celebration Extravaganza.

I thought it was a great event. The presentation of the successes from the last year really opened my eyes to what can be achieved when like minded people get together on a common theme and don’t give up. Even though I am involved and getting the regular newsletter, there were lots of activities going on under the radar that they were ready to share. All of the activities presented together showed an incredible achievement.

The activities included things like; workshops inspiring beginner gardeners, carbon conversations, helping to create a neighbourhood plan, running a community garden, sustainable art projects and restart parties.  Where possible I have included links to the overarching group rather than the tooting specific sites as many of these initiatives are happening at other locations too.

The main theme that stood out to me on the night was partnerships. It was clear that it wasn’t just TTT working on their own. The strength comes from the partnerships that they have developed and nurtured. The partnerships were not all with other environmental themed groups either. They cross a variety of sections of society and combine the interests of both parties to create amazing results.

Friday’s event has inspired me to get more involved in a wider variety of projects. I have just volunteered to attend a local event to represent TTT next weekend so I will post an update on how that goes next week.

If you haven’t heard of the Transition Network I would encourage you to check them out. I couldn’t put it more succinctly then they have on their website.

“The Transition Network  is a charitable organisation whose role is to inspire, encourage, connect, support and train communities as they self-organise around the Transition model, creating initiatives that rebuild resilience and reduce CO2 emissions.”

“When we use the term “Transition” we’re talking about the changes we need to make to get to a low-carbon, socially-just, healthier and happier future, which is more enriching and more gentle on the earth than the way most of us live today.”

If this sounds like something you want to get involved in there are transition groups all over the world which can be found from their web site. If there isn’t one near you then you might fancy starting one up.

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