Everyone welcome to the Bowen in Transition Full Group Meeting
Sunday May 26
340 View Royal Pl (off Sunset Dr)
5 pm potluck
7-9 pm meeting
Please let others who may be interested know about these meetings, and please RSVP re: your attendance and additional agenda items to Shasta Martinuk <email@example.com> and Dave Pollard <firstname.lastname@example.org>. If you're not sure about your availability, feel free to show up last minute.
Regular bi-monthly "circle" of 2-3 minute descriptions of Transition-related projects each of us is working on or would like to start
Special 5-10 minute presentations of new projects (especially those that are little-known or which need volunteers & sponsors) -- contact Shasta Martinuk <email@example.com> if you'd like to present one of these
The "Projects Worth Doing" list being assembled by the Community Currency group
Possible "Introduction to Transition" workshop late September, and possible "Transitioning to the New Economy" workshop in mid-October, and the 2013 Bowen Sustainability Tour
Finding and creating a permanent "space" and presence for Bowen in Transition somewhere on the island (ideally a space with classroom and permaculture "demonstration' potential")
The Bowen Island Recycling Depot (B.I.R.D.) is unable to accept 'Number 1' rigid plastics due to changing regulations. The hard-working B.I.R.D. volunteers are appealing to the community to help ensure that Bowen Island complies with the updated rules.
In an effort to alleviate confusion, B.I.R.D. would like to provide the following clarification about Number 1 rigid plastic:
The current situation is a direct result of changing regulations in China. Most of our plastics go overseas for recycling and China is now enforcing rules that it has, up until now, been lax about.
The number is inside a triangle, usually on the bottom of the container;
Numbers that are not in the triangle don't count;
There is no market for number 1 plastics, so BIRD has nowhere to send them;
Bottles with refund value are unaffected by these changes, so keep bringing them;
Number 1 plastics go in your garbage for now;
Any plastics without a triangle go into garbage;
All other numbered rigid plastics are acceptable for recycling at B.I.R.D. except Styrofoam;
All plastics must be free from food residue.
This has led to new rules put in force here to avoid plastics that are difficult to recycle, including the No. 1 plastic which tends to splinter and shatter when baled, making it awkward to handle. The end result is that B.I.R.D. has nowhere to send them because there is no value or market for this particular plastic.
To separate your plastics, the numbers are inside a triangle located on the bottom of the container. All plastics without a triangle, or plastics with a number outside the triangle cannot be accepted, and are deemed as garbage. B.I.R.D. accepts all rigid plastics with the numbers 2, 4 and 5.
B.I.R.D. is requesting help from the public in volunteering a couple of hours to stand by the plastics bin and help explain the new rules and how to identify Number 1 plastics. If interested, please contact Jim McConnan at firstname.lastname@example.org or 604-947-2574.
Gaia -- Singing the Sacred Web
Music by Karl Jenkins and Paul Winters
St. Andrew's-Wesley United Church
(Burrard & Nelson)
A concert featuring 100-voice choir, including a number of Bowen Islander singers, (some whom you just might know) conducted by Alison Nixon.
Tickets $20; Available from choir members, call 604.926-1621 or at the door.
Hemcrete Building Workshop to be held in Nelson
Hemcrete.ca is excited to be hosting a comprehensive hemp-building course on a real hemp-house that is being built in Nelson, BC! Participants can expect to learn lots, have fun, and get your hands dirty. This course is being offered in two parts, a 7 day building intensive in Early July, followed by a 4 day plastering and pigmentation course Sept 22-26 that will be focused upon the exterior and interior finishing of a HempCrete structure.
A discount is available for those people taking both course segments. This course includes wonderful home cooked organic meals and accommodations in our beautiful retreat setting within walking distance of Nelson BC. You will be participating in the construction of a round Mandala Hemp-crete home.
This course will give you the experience you need to successfully build a HempCrete structure of your own. Email for more details: email@example.com
Become an Ocean Keeper
While Australia recently protected over 35 per cent of its marine ecosystems, Canada has protected less than one per cent. Even the United States is doing a better job of safeguarding its ocean environment.
The David Suzuki Foundation invites everyone who loves the ocean to help out by becoming an Ocean Keeper. "Whether you have just a few minutes a month, or are ready to be a community ambassador, everyone can play a role to protect our oceans. Joining the Ocean Keepers team will allow you to work together with others to make a real difference. Whatever you decide, we’ll help you along the way."
Click on the image above to get involve and help protect our oceans!
What does resilience meant to you? For Joanne Poyourow, from Transition Los Angeles, resilience means building up our “bounce-back-ability” – putting in place the local resources and social interconnections that will help us flex and adapt with whatever the future throws our way. That makes sense to me. I also really like the way she's defined disposable as "a marketing department euphemism for brazen waste and destruction. Single-use anything is a waste of money, plus it is pillaging our planetary life-support system and the fair shares of other peoples."
Joanne's book, 10 Practical Tools for a Resilient Economy offers a survival kit for what lies ahead. The 10 Practical Tools work together -- like interlocking puzzle pieces -- to form the foundation of a new, more fulfilling and sustainable economy. Check it out by clicking here.
New Book by Rob Hopkins
Rob Hopkin's new book -- The Power of Just Doing Stuff: how local action can change the world is due out June 13. Here's the buzz:
“Something is stirring. People around the world are deciding that the well-being of their local community and its economy lies with them. They’re people like you. They’ve had enough, and, rather than waiting for permission, they’re rolling up their sleeves, getting together with friends and neighbours, and doing something about it. Whether they start small or big, they’re finding that just doing stuff can transform their neighbourhoods and their lives.
The Power of Just Doing Stuff argues that this shift represents the seeds of a new economy – the answer to our desperate search for a new way forward – and at its heart is people deciding that change starts with them. Communities worldwide are already modelling a more local economy rooted in place, in well-being, in entrepreneurship and in creativity. And it works”. Click on the image above to read more.
The Transition Free Press now available!
The Summer Issue is packed with 24 pages of full-on, full colour news and views from the Transition Network folks. Great photographs, great articles, contributed by Transitioners and community activists working in the field. Ordinary people doing extraordinary stuff in all kinds of places: in the city, in the wild, in books, housing co-ops, small businesses, allotments, in the park, down the pub, on the (solar- panelled) roof, underwater, even on the netball court. We’re in Greece, Spain, France and Portugal; we’re in Sheffield, Louth, Crystal Palace and Lostwithiel. Click here to read online.
Let Them Eat Chocolate
and hedgerow jam cake, with elderflower custard.
Transitioners have figured it out that "people don't change their behaviour in response to information, fear of future consequences, or even being inspired. We respond instead to positive depictions of the future and being given the practical tools to make change." Sara Ayech writes that this became evidently clear as as her local group hosted one of their most successful events ever - CakeFest. The event was dreamt up over a vegan boxing day dinner, with the goal of taking people a step or two further down the road towards ethically and locally sourced food through the lens of a vegan bake sale, and cake-making demos.
Check out the tasty blog by clicking here.
Hot Under the Collar about Wasteful Design
Katy Anderson introduces the cutting edge approach to zero waste. Click here to read more.