Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Come to the Transition video screening on October 19
Would you like to get your organization or neighborhood more involved in NYC sustainability? We’re setting up video screenings that will expand how New Yorkers think about sustainability, and encourage attendees to plug into existing initiatives.
Yes, New York City is making progress in lowering carbon emissions and becoming greener. But sustainability is more than just responding to climate change and preparing for extreme weather events - neither of which we’re doing as quickly as the science requires, by the way. As supplies of natural resources and fossil fuels deplete, rising costs will cause permanent economic changes. Urban planners and community activists are increasingly striving not just for sustainability, but resilience, so we can adapt as things change. Raising awareness about the interdependence of energy, environment and economy will encourage smart choices. By conserving energy, turning to mass transit and renewable power while relocalizing production of goods and services, we can assure better quality of life in NYC neighborhoods while moving toward real sustainability.
The Transition community organizing method accelerates this process. It starts by educating residents about the full scope of sustainability issues. Then participants envision their community successfully adapted by 2030, brainstorm what steps they need to take, and pick a few to start with (http://www.transitionus.org/). Hundreds of communities around the world have begun Transition initiatives. Many other communities have been influenced by the methods, such as Brooklyn’s Sustainable Flatbush (http://sustainableflatbush.org/).
Step up sustainability action in your neighborhood or organization by co-sponsoring a Transition video screening. After each short video, audience members can share their reactions, with a longer facilitated open discussion at the end of the screenings.
You’re invited to see how this works at the next screening on Wednesday, October 19, 7 – 9 PM. Join us at the Seafarer’s and International House, 123 East 15th Street in Manhattan, just east of Union Square. There is no charge to attend, but a $5 donation is requested to cover costs.
You can also watch the videos at your computer, at your convenience.
“300 Years of FOSSIL FUELS in 300 Seconds,” Richard Heinberg, Post Carbon Institute, 5 min.
ABC Catalyst Peak Oil Report 28-04-2011,12 minutes
Who killed economic growth? Animated video with Richard Heinberg, Post Carbon Institute
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EQqDS9wGsxQ, 6 minutes
TED talk with Rob Hopkins, Transition: grassroots organizing for resilience; 19 minutes
We’re also promoting screenings of related videos:
The End of Suburbia, with director Greg Greene, on October 5 at the BMW Guggenheim Lab
Chris Martenson's The Crash Course on October 13.
Download the flyer for details.
Would you like to collaborate in setting up a Transition video screening for your group or community? Please call me at 718.786.5300 x 27.
Volunteer organizer, Beyond Oil NYC