I attended the Earth Day event over at Loyola U yesterday, more on that in another post. The one thing that made it all really worthwhile was my discovery of the Transition Rogers Park group. Transition Towns are intended to be a response to the threats arising from Peak Oil, Climate Change, and the financial mess we are now in. That last was not necessarily an initial driver, but now that it is here, those who prepared are better off than the rest of us. The most well known of the Transition Towns is Totnes in England. The Rogers Park group is pretty new and I am glad to see it.
The Transition Network site provides real world insights, with a very important disclaimer (that you won't see anywhere else that I can think of); it might not work after all. However, we need to start somewhere and the Transition Town concept is meant to be community based, not run by the government. I think we can get it to work here in Rogers Park. Regardless, it is a starting point, and we have an opportunity to start figuring out how we deal with energy descent.
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