Transition Town Initiative comes to Mission

Be The Change Action Circle is introducing this concept at an introductory gathering on March 28 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Leisure Centre.

The Transition Town Initiative is coming to  Mission on March 28.

All citizens who would like to participate in the adventure of building an exciting, sustainable and resilient future for Mission are encouraged to attend this inaugural gathering.

The Be The Change Action Circle is introducing this concept in Mission at an introductory gathering taking place March 28 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Leisure Centre, rooms 4A and 4B.

This will be an opportunity to learn about the transition approach and to engage in an afternoon of discussion.  Representatives of the Vancouver, Surrey and Maple Ridge initiatives will be present.

For more information, e-mail  bethechangemission@gmail.com. There is no charge for this event. Registration is optional but would be appreciated by e-mail to help in the planning.  There will be a follow-up meeting to begin the building process on April 11.

Learn more about Transition Towns at transitionnetwork.org and about the Be The Change Action Circle at bethechangeactioncircle.ca.

What is a transition town?

According to event organizers, in a transition town, people engage in constructive action with neighbours and fellow citizens to build a community that will be resilient to future global challenges of climate change, economic hardship and shrinking supplies of cheap energy.  And they have fun while doing it.

There are more than 1,100 transition towns in more than 40 countries, including Canada.  Maple Ridge, Surrey and Vancouver are home to this initiative.

A transition initiative forms a community hub to facilitate connection among organizations, to share information, ideas and expertise and to celebrate success.

Transition addresses all facets of community life including food security, social connection, local economy, transportation, energy efficiency, education, waste reduction and the arts.  It helps individuals make positive personal and community changes.  People involved in local transition initiatives report that they are happier, they have made many new friends and their community feels more robust.