In re-reading some of the recent Transition Houston newsletters I note that I frequently–perhaps irritatingly so–talk about the weather. Even my immediate family points out that all of my conversations with my distant family include a discussion of the weather both here and there. Part of this is, I think, the result of growing up in a farming family, but I also believe that as we work toward personal resiliency I am becoming re-attuned to seasonal cycles and perturbations.
Likewise, as part of Transition Houston, I find I am becoming more aware of the changing social and attitudinal “weather” of our region. Responding to economic, resource, and maybe even climate trends, Houston residents are recognizing the unease and even unhappiness that results from disconnection from neighbors and pursuit of happiness through accumulation of debt, the fragility of a lifestyle built upon peaking resources, and our vulnerability to extreme weather events and economic storms. Awareness is the critical first step toward dealing with issues, and while movement is not uniformly forward, I am heartened that some indicators such as personal savings rates show an inclination towards addressing reality.
Transition provides the means and support to address fundamental issues. We address disconnection by building community across the region and within our neighborhoods, we address the risk of peaking resources by learning to lead less resource-intensive lives, we address vulnerability by creating personal and community resilience. We are (so far) a small group in the large population of our region, but we can have an impact beyond our size by showing what a satisfying and resilient life looks like, and by partnering with the many other organizations already working on aspects of these issues.
Early in 2010 we identified a number of Action Groups, in which Transition members who have a particular interest can join together, plan, and implement efforts to tackle aspects of the transition. Take a look at these, and if aren’t yet a member of any that are of interest to you (or if you want to know what they are about) please let me know (mjuedeman atta gmail dotta com). We will be working with these groups to ramp up activity in 2011.
- Government Policy
- Heart & Soul
- Health and Wellness
- Introduction to Transition
- Local Economy
- Meaningful Work
- Outreach – Education
- Urban Design
Transition Houston Holiday Dessert Potluck, Saturday, December 18
Our Transition Houston monthly meetings are usually on the first Monday of the month, but this month we will be holding our 2nd Annual Holiday Potluck at one our member’s home. Our potlucks are places of renewed connections, excellent conversations, and great food! We know you are busy during this time of year, so we are making this a Dessert Party where it doesn’t matter if you bought it or made it. We look forward to closing the year out with you!
Transition Houston Holiday Potluck
Saturday, December 18
7503 Croton Street, Houston 77036
for details and requested RSVP please go here
Transition Houston’s November Permablitz (#4) was incredible, both in the scope of work accomplished and in the community and good-feeling created! Check out Charlie Lindahl’s photos here to get a sense of what was accomplished (and attempted).
We had hoped to have a Transition Houston December Permablitz, but December is a busy time and we have decided to defer until January. But fear not! if you wish to get your ‘Blitz fix, as Clear Lake Transition Initiative is planning a permablitz in La Marque this Sunday, December 12. More details to come soon, but for now please block the date off on your calendar.
Clear Lake Transition Initiative Permablitz
Sunday, December 12
La Marque, TX
Details TBA (but check the Events page for updates)
Clear Lake Transition Initiative meeting, Wednesday, December 8
Speaking of Clear Lake Transition Initiative and Permablitz, the CLTI is having their monthly meeting this Wednesday to plan the Permablitz and discuss other business. If you are in the Clear Lake area you are most welcome to attend!
Clear Lake Transition Initiative December Meeting
Wednesday, December 8
Freeman Memorial Branch Library
16616 Diana Lane
Houston, TX 77062 (Clear Lake City)
Details and RSVP here
Something else that was really fun was the screening of Dirt! sponsored by USGBC Emerging Professionals, Houston Tomorrow, and Transition Houston on November 17. We had a great turnout and lots of interesting conversation. Likewise, the Clear Lake Transition Initiative had a most excellent response to their screening of Fresh on November 26.
Transition Houston and Emerging Professionals will be teaming up for a green film series during 2011, starting with a movie toward the end of January. More details to come!
As you take stock of the last year, we hope that you will have good memories of what we have accomplished together in 2010, and are looking forward to an even better 2011.