Here we are in the midst of what Transition Town Media has been preparing for since 2009, although not for the reasons we anticipated. We were preparing for climate change, resource depletion and economic instability. Instead, we were blindsided by a global pandemic, racial justice protests that included excessive force from law inforcement on peaceful demonstrators, and a dysfunctional federal government—all occurring simultaneously.
Our mission from the beginning has been to help our community become more resilient and prepare for future challenges. Our work has taken the form of strengthening community, supporting local businesses, offering local small business loans, living more locally, offering advice on reducing carbon footprint, encouraging food, water, and air quality conservation, finding ways to enjoy and utilize the resources and commons we share, opening a Free Store, teaching composting, veggie gardening and reskilling practices, offering support for lifestyle changes and more. Hopefully, what we managed to achieve since 2009 will help people cope during these challenging times.
I see signs throughout our country of people realizing business as usual is not working. There is a desire to build a better future free of discrimination, consumerism and wealth inequality. There is increasing awareness of our climate crisis and the will to address it. We want a government that works for all of us. We want a simpler and less stressful way of life.
We are living in challenging times. What we have endured as a nation and a local community these past few months can lead to post traumatic stress syndrome, a sense of loss, and deep grief. Now is the time for serious self-care and staying connected with others. Although what we are currently witnessing in our country is painfully heartbreaking, we can see this time as allowing a wider opening of our hearts and the longing for a major change of course. Each one of us has a role to play in creating a better future. Let’s go forward together. We can do it.