April 10-11 in Albuquerque

 

Enchanting, elusive 360-degree views, sunshine, Georgia O’Keeffe clouds, art and culture. These are among the reasons we love our home in New Mexico. And then there is the underbelly, the social indicators of poverty: DWI, teen pregnancy, low literacy rates, job losses and dropping GDP. How does New Mexico move up from 47th, 48th and even 50th among other states? What are the factors and behaviors necessary to improve our rankings and our quality of life?

It will take a new vision. Government and business interests will not solve New Mexico’s problems. Citizens, that is, local folk, working together have the potential and inspiration for re-visioning New Mexico.

Transition is an international movement that began in 2005 in Totnes, United Kingdom. It postulates that the current economic crisis, coupled with climate change, has created a challenge that can only be addressed locally. Reducing our addiction to oil means building strength and resilience in our neighborhoods through methods that minimize reliance on fossil fuels. More gardens, beekeepers, farmers’ markets, local business development, public transit, bicycling, water collection, barter and time banks are some of the things that have come to the fore as people grapple with the challenge of how to stay local and become sustainable.

Transition Training is a big cauldron to collect various community efforts. It will take place in Albuquerque April 10-11, at the Unitarian Church, located at Comanche and Carlisle NE. The Open Space Technology process will be employed, to allow everyone a voice in the examination of “What steps do we take now to create sustainability—personally, in our community, in our state?” Mark Juederman of Transition Houston (Texas) and Kat Steele of Transition Big Sur (Calif.) will join Dr. Bruce Milne of the University of New Mexico and Maggie Seeley of Transition New Mexico in facilitating the dialogue. WWW.TransitionABQ.org is the place to register for the two-day training. For more information, call Maggie Seeley: 505.268.3339.

 

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