About 40 people attended the Idyllwild Conversations meeting Tuesday evening, Oct. 15, at the Idyllwild Library, where the group embraced the Transition Town’s movement — a local response to an economic system that is problematic to many.
The goal of the conversations is to address ways to help Idyllwild become more resilient. A five-minute video, “Addicted to Growth,” was screened. The film suggests that the U.S. has reached the end of economic growth due to the depletion of natural resources. It further stated that without cheap fossil fuels and without borrowing from the future, economic growth, as experienced in the past, is over. This grassroots movement seeks to build community resilience in facing challenges such as peak oil, climate change and the economic crisis.
The vision of the Transition movement (as outlined on its website www.transitionsus.org) is that “every community in the United States has engaged its collective creativity to unleash an extraordinary and historic transition to a future beyond fossil fuels; a future that is more vibrant, abundant and resilient; one that is ultimately preferable to the present.”
Rob Hopkins, founder of the Transition Town Movement, has written several books to assist communities in becoming Transition Towns, including, “The Transition Handbook: From Oil Dependency to Local Resilience;” “The Transition Companion: Making Your Community More Resilient in Uncertain Times;” and “Transition Towns: A Pocket Guide.” It is the principals found in Hopkins’ books that guide the groups springing up throughout the world.
Culver City is a Transition Town. Thanks in large part to the efforts of Vice-mayor Meghan Sahli-Wells. She was the organizer for Transition Culver City and sits on several city council subcommittees, including the Sustainability Subcommittee and the Regional Oil Operations Subcommittee.
Representatives involved in Culver City’s Transition Town movement are expected to attend the next meeting of the group at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29, at the Idyllwild Library.