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Mainstream Transition

Wind or Saudi Oil on FlickrI featured the NYTimes piece on Sandpoint Idaho and its Transition Initiative a couple of days ago, how about an article in Elle Magazine about a journalist’s journey into the transition…

A new movement’s advice on being psychologically and economically resilient – Learn how to be resilient in today’s economy

Everywhere I looked I began to see oil—in my computer, lipstick, stockings, buttons, pens, mattress, coffee pot, telephone, camera, cotton swabs, Frisbee, Scotch tape, guitar strings, refrigerator shelves, photographs, vitamins, rugs, DVDs, running shoes, sunscreen, eyeglasses. I got a little desperate. I became obsessed with trying to take my house, in the middle of the biggest energy- and oil-dependent matrix in America, off the grid. I briefly considered making bumper stickers that said i ? saudi oil and sneaking out after the baby was asleep to stick them on my neighbors’ Explorers and Tacomas.

No matter which way we turn, we are surrounded by oil and energy hogs. Even the idea of reducing water bottles, uses a lot of energy to create a stainless steel or aluminium bottle – all of our choices have longer term implications. It can be hard to break through the static noise and find truly sustainable soloutions to the problmes we face – is the Transition Movement the best opportunity we have as communities? Certainly this is the opinion of many towns and cities around the world that have started the process.

Anyone else interested in Transition Castlegar?

Mike Thomas

Mike Thomas P.Eng. ENV SP, is the author of UrbanWorkbench.com and Director of Engineering at the City of Revelstoke in the Interior of British Columbia, Canada. If I post something here that you find helpful as you navigate the world of engineering, planning and building communities, that’s wonderful. But when push comes to shove: This is my personal blog. The views expressed on these pages are mine alone and not those of my employer.