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Films for Thought – Winter 2012-2013

FILMS FOR THOUGHT
Brought to you by Transition Meaford. Same time same place:
Sundays at Meaford Hall at 1pm.
Price: $7 adults, $2 students.
Dates: October 28th, November 25th, January 20th, February 24th, March 24th, May 5th

Films for Thought environmental movie series in Meaford

Films for Thought in Meaford Hall

Contact: 1-877-538-0463 www.meafordhall.ca

UPDATE: The movie Biophilic Design will be shown on Sunday, May 5th at 1pm.

Plans for Meaford’s community garden at Georgian Bay Secondary School are underway

As we move into the second year of this project we feel lucky that the ECO class (Environment, Community and Outdoors) have again, welcomed the community into their ‘backyard’.

Golden Town Outreach Food Bank and Transition Meaford, partners in this venture are looking forward to an early planting in the shared veggie patch.

The garden is the classroom to Mark Grahlman, soil expert and local organic farmer. Huddling with students over a patch of soil is second nature to Mark. Again this year, he will volunteer practical advice and guidance.

In keeping with the guiding principles of the ECO class the  goal is to reduce the carbon footprint and nurture the soil’s microbial community.

Since gas roto-tillers increase our carbon footprint and create tsunami-like devastation to the microbial community living in the soil; the roto-tiller is out and digging forks are in.

At different layers in the soil you find different microorganisms. The digging forks will be used to manually aerate the soil and cause minimal disturbance to the layers; a gentle soil lifting without turning. This organic farming practice is essential for enhancing long term soil health and productivity.

“We’re thrilled with this year’s plan for individual plots. The willingness of students to help with some of the more demanding aeration of the soil is heart-warming. We appreciate the need to strengthen our connections with theECO class.” commented Mary Bryant, the local food bank representative.

There are a limited number of individual plots available to people who see value in joining this leading edge approach to organic gardening.

In keeping with the generosity of the high school, the only cost to a ‘citizen gardener” is sweat equity and a willingness to share some of their produce with the food bank.

Once again, the local food bank will be the beneficiary of the produce grown by the ECO class.

Youth are leading the way with their earth-friendly and community-minded plans for the 2012 shared garden.

Definitions of success have evolved beyond the harvest!

Interested in being a citizen gardener?  Call Lindy 538-0167 or Mary 538-2558

What does community resilience mean?

Resilience is the ability of a system or community to withstand impacts from outside. An indicator is a way of measuring that.

Conventionally, the principal way of measuring a reducing carbon footprint is CO2 emissions. However, we firmly believe that cutting carbon while failing to build resilience is an insufficient response when you’re trying to address both peak oil and climate change.

So how might you be able to tell that the resilience of the settlement in question is increasing?

Resilience indicators might look at the following:

  • percentage of food grown locally
  • amount of local currency in circulation as a percentage of total money in circulation
  • number of businesses locally owned
  • average commuting distances for workers in the town
  • average commuting distance for people living in the town but working outside it
  • percentage of energy produced locally
  • quantity of renewable building materials
  • proportion of essential goods being manufactured within the community within a given distance
  • proportion of compostable “waste” that is actually composted

While some indicators will be universal, many will be place-specific and will emerge from the energy descent plan process.

What is the suggested process for co-creating a resilient and healthy community?

What is the suggested process for co-creating a resilient and healthy community as per the official Transition Town Primer?

Overview of Suggested Process: The community self-organizes to respond in three phases.

Phase I: A small initiating group (Transition Meaford) starts a program of awareness raising and hooking up with existing groups. They articulate the rationale for adopting/adapting a transition approach and show the creative responses that the community might embark upon.

Phase II: As the group becomes larger, it self-organizes in groups in all the key areas such as food, transport, energy, housing, education, textiles etc, and creates practical projects in response to that big question (such as community supported agriculture, car clubs, local currencies, neighbourhood carbon reduction clubs, urban orchards, reskilling classes).

Phase III: Begin to look at Energy Descent planning and the need to rebuild the local economic fabric by starting up local energy companies, social enterprises, and complementary currency systems. There are a number of initiatives in this phase.