Transition Handbook: Chapter 2 : Energy Descent

View from the top As we saw during the reading of chapter 1, peak oil and climate change cannot be seen separately. Since the beginning of our trip we talk about our approach and these imminent issues, it is interesting to see how many people feel concerned, but actions do not necessarily follow. There are many reasons for this, but one of them is that people do not think it can happen imminently. «It’s for …

Think to our time in a day

During my participation at the convergence of Permaculture in 2014 in Freylisburgh village in Estrie, I had listened an interesting strong conference on the genesis of earthships presented by the founder of Solution Era. In his introduction, he presented us a distribution of time in a day to invite us to think about the use of our time. This short presentation inspired me and gave me an other approach of our time when I shall …

Transition handbook: chapter 1; peak oil and global warming (part 2/2)

Read the first part Climate change At the time of writing the book, the subject was not yet so present in the media and still many leaders could deny it. Talking about global warming or climate change is the same thing, although we talk more about the global warming in different studies, talk about change will be a more generic term that can explain cold waves, current changes, absences or abundance of rain, etc. When …

Transition handbook: chapter 1; peak oil and global warming (part 1/2)

In order to understand the transition movement, we will begin by summarizing the various chapters of the transition manual written by Rob Hopkins in 2008. In order to understand the reasons for the transition, the first chapter will speak about the coming peak oil (at the time) and global warming. As we will see, primarily the transition movement is an ecological movement trying to find local solutions. There are, however, two peculiarities which denote it …

Understanding the transition movement

Once upon a time, in a town of Ireland, a professor of permaculture and his students watched The End of Suburbia, a documentary about the imminent peak oil. We were then in 2005, it was announced to be in a few years, 2008 for the most pessimistic, around 2012 for the others, but one thing is certain it would happen. The teacher and his students then had the idea to find alternatives that they knew …

Monnaies alternatives; comment s’y retrouver?

Avez-vous déjà entendu parler des banques d’heures ? Des systèmes d’échanges locaux ? Du troc ? De l’Accorderie ? De monnaie locale complémentaire ? Ces outils d’échanges, bien qu’ils ne soient pas tous similaires et n’aient pas la même fonction dans leur communauté ; ils font partie de ce que l’on appelle les monnaies alternatives. Lors D’une soirée discussion avec un des fondateurs du Demi gaspésien, Martin Zibeau avait parlé d’avoir « une polyculture économique » dans une communauté afin de l’enrichir. C’est …