Because of your past involvement with the Alliance for Sustainability, we wanted to let you know about a growing grassroots movement in our community called Transition Towns.

Transition Towns is a global movement involving hundreds of thousands of citizens taking positive, practical action to shift their households and communities toward greater energy independence, more climate preparedness and a stronger local economy.

Transition groups welcome people wherever they are on their journey toward resilience. With an emphasis on community building and social connection, they are a good place for neighbors just starting to take action to reduce their carbon footprint and prepare for a changing climate. For those who are already far along the path, a Transition group can be an avenue for sharing what you know and supporting and inspiring others.

There are currently six Transition groups in the Twin Cities (Transition All St. Anthony Park, Transition West Side/West St. Paul, Transition Longfellow, Transition NE Mpls, Corcoran Grows and Transition North Suburbs) and Transition Mankato in greater Minnesota. These neighbors work together to:

  • Challenge themselves to reduce their carbon footprint in the home, with their transportation choices, and in the workplace, by exploring lower- and no-energy lifestyle changes.
  • Become more food resilient by starting gardens, teaching garden and food preservation skills, creating sharing networks for seeds and tools, and more.
  • Identify ways in which their financial choices can support their local community – local banks, local businesses and more democratic workplaces
  • Become more weather-prepared by learning what we can expect from climate change in Minnesota and what we can do right now to prepare ourselves and our neighborhoods for more extreme weather.

There is a growing list of people interested in starting groups in other neighborhoods. You can learn more or become part of a new or existing group:

  • Sign up for the email list for Transition Twin Cities and stay informed of events being hosted by local groups.
  • Visit the Transition Twin Cities website where you can find information about each of the existing groups.
  • Attend a free Minneapolis Community Ed class on April 26, 6:30 pm at Pratt School (66 Malcolm Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414) or May 16, 6:30 pm at Washburn High School (201 W 49th St, Minneapolis)
  • Invite a Transition speaker to your church, college, neighborhood or community group
  • Plan to attend the 1st National Transition Gathering, July 27-31, at Macalester College. (Call for Presenters is now online.) People from all over the country will come together to share the transformative activities taking place in their communities.
  • Join us at Transition NOW at Northern Spark  Artists from several Transition groups in the Twin Cities will be participating in the overnight art event, Northern Spark, on June 10-11 (8:59 pm to 5:26 am), at locations along the Green Line of the light rail. The theme of the event is Climate Chaos | Climate Rising. Because Transition is community-based action, these artists are inviting the community to participate in a variety of ways to share the message that “Climate change is real, the time to act is now and many people are already taking action to reduce their carbon footprint.”You can learn more about the Transition NOW! Twin Cities project and how you can participate by visiting the Transition Twin Cities website. The first Community Day event is Sunday April 2 at the Minnesota Center for Book Arts, 2 to 5 pm.

Transition groups flourish because they draw on the knowledge, energy and creativity of community members. Knowing your commitment to climate action and a clean energy future, a Transition group might be a good avenue for you to take action.

Sincerely

 

Sean Gosiewski, Alliance for Sustainability, 612-250-0389, sean@afors.org

Leslie MacKenzie, Transition Twin Cities, 612-810-3216, info@transitiontwincities.org

Krista Laraas (L) and Dina Kountoupes (R) from Harvest Moon Backyard Farmers hold some of their 2011 bounty from a client's backyard in Minneapolis Friday morning September 23, 2011. Harvest Moon Backyard Farmers provide grow-it-yourself garden kits, and supply gardening coaching for homeowners. (Pioneer Press: John Doman)