The Summer/Fall Transition

We’ve lots of news regarding goings-on in the Houston-area Transition sphere, including potluck and a movie, Transition neighborhood activities, Action Group organizing, website training, and more…
 
Transition Houston Labor Day Potluck and Movie September 6
Our September meeting is by tradition (if doing something at least twice makes it a tradition) a Labor Day Potluck.  We are also excited to be screening No Impact Man:

A newly self-proclaimed environmentalist who could no longer avoid pointing the finger at himself, Colin leaves behind his liberal complacency and vows to make as little environmental impact as possible for one year.  No more automated transportation, no more electricity, no more non-local food, no more material consumption…no problem.  That is, until his espresso-guzzling, retail-worshipping wife, Michelle, and their two year-old daughter are dragged into the fray.

We will be showing the film first, starting at 11:30, then eat and discuss afterwards, as well as have a few announcements about what is going on in Transition Houston.  Jim from Transition Houston has offered to host the potluck and film at his home on Japhet Creek, in the near-eastside Houston.
 
Jim offers these directions:  If you’re coming US-59 exit I-10 East.   Once on I-10 East exit at the Waco St,  Exit 771-A, first exit past US-59.  At Waco St turn right (south) to the first stop light at Clinton Dr.  Turn Left (East) on Clinton to the second street on the right (Emile).  Turn Right (South) on Emile and go two blocks to Inman.  Turn in the next driveway on the left at the warehouses and park there.  Our house is 4510 Inman on the left.  Enter on through the gate on the right side of the house.  We will be in the back yard or up the steps in the Kitchen.  If you get lost call 713-674-2528.

 
Transition Houston Labor Day Potluck and No Impact Man Screening
Monday, September 6
11:30 (movie starts)
1:00 (potluck starts)
4510 Inman St., Houston, 77020
RSVP on Transition Texas
 
Clear Lake Transition Initiative Meeting September 9
The Clear Lake Transition Initiative will be meeting at the Coffee Oasis in Seabrook on September the 9th at 6:30 pm. This is a round table event for anyone interested in sharing ideas relative to community resilience, local food, local economy, climate change mitigation, peak resource issues, and creating a positive vision of the future for the Clear Lake and Houston/Galveston area. This meeting will be of great importance for the 10-10-10 permablitz over at the Plant a seed – Feed the need community garden (http://www.350.org/node/17697).

Please let everyone you know who may be interested in participating that will not want to miss this meeting.

Clear Lake Transition Initiative General Assembly
Thursday, September 9
6:30pm to 8:30pm
Coffee Oasis, Seabrook
Organized By: Rob Williams (281.705.4307)
See more details and RSVP on Transition Texas:
http://transitiontexas.ning.com/events/event/show?id=2529619%3AEvent%3A15428&xgi=2dpgciHsEfVH2t&xg_source=msg_invite_event
 
Transition Old Sixth Ward meeting September 12
Stephen Crawford reports that Transition Old Sixth Ward is continuing to meet and grow, having had their third meeting recently.  They are planning to raise awareness of Transition and Transition OSW through outreach at neighborhood festivals, and also intend to bring more people to Houston Green Scene events from Transition OSW.  They are also working on setting up a Yahoo email group to facilitate communications within the Transition Initiative and the community.  They will be meeting regularly on the second Sunday of each month.

Transition Old Sixth Ward monthly meeting
Sunday, September 12
6:00pm
contact Stephen Crawford for location of meeting (
crawfgames@earthlink.net)
 
Website Training
We are planning training for how to add content to the Transition Houston website in September.  This will be for those people who would like to add content to their Action Group or Neighborhood Initiative page.  If there is interest we could also add a session on how to navigate the Transition Texas ning site (including the Transition Houston group).  More information to come soon, but if you have questions or would like to have ning training please contact Mark Juedeman (mjuedeman@gmail.com).
 
 
Ramping Up Our Action Groups
Transition members suggested a number of Action Groups to address various aspects of decarbonization through research, collaboration with other organizations addressing the same issues, practical manifestations (projects), and ultimately creating an Energy Descent Action Plan:

  • Administration
  • Energy
  • Food
  • Government
  • Heart & Soul
  • Health and Wellness
  • Housing
  • Introduction to Transition
  • Local Economy
  • Meaningful Work
  • Outreach-Education-Media
  • Permablitz
  • Transportation
  • Urban Design
  • Water

Some of these groups are active, others less so.  Mark Juedeman will be contacting the group of people who have volunteered to be members of each Action Group to see if he can help facilitate their start up, perhaps by arranging an initial meeting (finding a time and place), moderating the first meeting, helping to draft a mission statement, brainstorming what actions might be taken, etc.  If you are not a member of one or more groups that interest you (or if you don’t know if you are a member) please contact Mark at mjuedeman@gmail.com and let him know of your interest.
 
Random Notes

  • Please save the date for our October meeting, to be held at Urban Harvest on Monday, October 4, 7-9PM.  We hope to have a guest speaker, details to come as finalized!
  • Remember to let Jess Totten know if you would like to purchase a Transition Houston T-shirt (jess.totten@gmail.com). 

We are looking forward to seeing you at the Potluck on Labor Day, and at our other Transition Houston events!

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