Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?
Individual action to limit and reverse global warming, reduce the use of non-renewable fuels, and build resilient local and global economies are achievable, but limited. Collective action at the grassroots level to organise and accelerate such individual action is the best means for mankind to seek and achieve a sustainable level of development.
The Transition Town movement, begun less than 10 years ago, is sweeping the globe and already empowering hundreds of thousands of people to dramatically reduce their carbon footprint and reorient the local and global economy toward a sustainable or steady state equilibrium that balances the human footprint with the carrying capacity of the earth.
Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!
Neighbourhood project teams work together across the city to promote and enable a transition to sustainable lifestyles. Projects include building local food production resources and know-how, installing household renewable energy systems and energy conservation upgrades, developing resource capital asset sharing models, promoting recycling, and building community relationships of trust and support.
Village Vancouver members share backyard gardening skills and plots, greenhouse building, seed-saving, and food preservation as a means to expand local food production, enhance food security, and support urban nutrition. To reduce energy use, members work together installing solar panels, share ideas and labour to undertake effective energy conservation renovations. Sharing tools, equipment, and toys for gardening, home renovation, and child rearing dramatically cuts new consumer purchases and household waste. In all of this, we help strengthen neighbourhood trust and understanding.