I have been thinking a lot lately about this series of posts. You know the type of thinking, really deep and meaningful sort of stuff. I have been imagining possible futures, researching case studies, and thinking about the present events around the globe.
Then I came across this quote by Rob Hopkins, founder of the Transition Town movement.
“If we wait for the governments, it’ll be too little, too late; if we act as individuals, it’ll be too little; but if we act as communities, it might just be enough, just in time.”
The quote really rang loud and true in my mind, except that I personally believe that individual action also has its place in leading by example. I have been following Rob’s work in the Transition Town movement with interest, and believe that it is a great model that has merit simply by bringing the community together and building resilience. But what is resilience and what does it mean in this context? Let me show you a very good video on the subject to help you understand. It has a good message that is easy to fathom.
So individual and community resilience is the key to riding through the approaching shit-storm, making changes for the better, doing something useful with what we have, and in our case the suburbs. By learning new skills, building community bonds that strengthen our sense of belonging and common purpose, we will be able to retrofit our vast suburban wasteland, and re-purpose it into a liveable and thriving landscape that will provide for everyone who lives in it.
The suburbs will remain in physical form, but not in the way we are used to. By being creative, adopting permaculture practices to transform the landscape into an edible one, and by building community resilience via similar Transition Town/Village/City type actions, we will go a long way towards making them better places to live. No more sterile wastelands, but places with a beating heart full of local resources, and filled with happy, productive people getting on with their role in their very own community!
“The bend in the road is not the end of the road unless you refuse to take the turn.” – Unknown
Well that is the way I see it going down, even if many others don’t. Penny for your thoughts?