On Saturday, October 16, the first session of the new Lyons Workshop Series, PERMACULTURE (P/C) 101, co-sponsored by the Lyons Department of Parks and Recreation, Transition Town Lyons, and Water Mark of Lyons Permaculture, was completed in an absolutely outstanding way. Coco Gordon and Jennifer Murnan, Certified
P/C Instructors, with a class of six people, met at the Walt Self Senior Center in the morning, for an introduction to permaculture and soil fertility – from the ground up. Then the group moved outside, for lunch and three-plus hours of incredibly fine HANDS-ON experience at the elegant Jen-Lo Farm on the Ute Highway, just outside Lyons!
For Transition, this is the large question: For all those aspects of life that this community needs in order to sustain itself and thrive, how do we significantly increase resilience (to mitigate the effects of peak oil) and drastically reduce carbon emissions (to mitigate the effects of climate change), and, in the process, greatly strengthen our local economy (in response to economic instability)?
[Transition Lyons is moving forward in the rest of 2010 and 2011 to the formation of more sub-groups, with interested citizens focusing on specific aspects of local life, which is where Lyons will really be tapping into the collective genius of the community, in the process of working towards the creation of an “Energy Descent Action Plan,” which is the ultimate goal in terms of the energy component of the transition movement.] Quality of life will hopefully be a prime component that evolves out of the sub-group processes. The final Lyons Core Team will be formed with a member from each sub-group joining the collection of members, which will make up that team, further along in the process.
Some of the ideas for working sub-groups that have occurred in the movement are Arts, Economics, Education, Elder Community, Energy, Food, Heart and Soul – the Psychology of Change, Housing, Liaison with Local Government, Livelihoods, Medicine and Health, Permaculture in a variety of forms, Relocalization, Reskilling, Slow Money, Social Networking, Tools, Transportation, Trouble-Shooting, Visioning, and so forth. Thinking about the working groups that would interest you is a good way to become involved in the transition movement processes.
The community will also come to recognize two crucial points. First, that we used immense amounts of creativity, ingenuity and adaptability on the way up the energy up-slope, and that there is no reason for us not to do the same on the down-slope. Second, if we collectively plan and act early enough there’s every likelihood that we can create a way of living that’s significantly more connected, more vibrant and more in touch with our environment than the oil-addicted treadmill that we find ourselves on today.
In the worldwide Transition Movement there has been a lot of growth since the column of the Transition Town Lyons Journal last appeared in March. You can begin your knowledge base buildup about Transition at the new website which replaces the older transition towns website: http://www.transitionnetwork.org. Visiting that site, you will see Lyons listed as number 93 in the worldwide list (number 5 in the USA); Transition Colorado (formerly Boulder County) is number 53 (first HUB in the USA). The official Transition Initiatives in the world now total 324 and 227 communities are mulling it over, in sixteen countries. There are now 75 (58 last Spring) initiatives in the United States. Canada now has 17 initiatives. As of this time there are none yet in Mexico, but Ensenada in Baja California is mulling it over. There are no other initiatives in the rest of North America. The new US site, http://www.transitionUS.org has a complete list of the US activities and a wonderful interactive map. Your time in investigating these websites will be richly rewarded.
For more information on how you can become further engaged here with Transition Town Lyons, visit the Transition Colorado site, www.TransitionColorado.ning.com, where you will also find the TTLyonsCo website. The specific URL is a long one, but you should go there: www.TransitionColorado.ning.com/group/transitiontownlyonsco. Join in with us by signing up as a member of this Transition Town Lyons group, and sustain us with your involvement in your special areas of interest. That will be a very good action in support of our efforts here in “Transition Lyons – Jewel of the Front Range!”