Militants and close to the degrowth movement in recent years, the transition movement appear to us as a part of it. The degrowth movement carries a correct social critic, but it seems to be less buoyant with people. Degrowth often only attract the most militant. Ideas of transition attract people who say they are not politicized, being a positive vector of societal proposal attracts more people.
Have you noticed that in recent years, transitional projects are increasing in our Western societies? Have you not seen the emergence of vegetable gardens, self-service bicycle repair tool platform, new collaborative workspaces in some cities?
Perhaps you are part of one of these many collective projects or do you have friends or acquaintances who engage in this collective dynamic? It is also very likely that in your social networks you will see more and more articles on this subject and that they share more and more.
And what about some documentary films like Tomorrow which have been ovationné and mediatised to very general public? All this great movement is, in our opinion, essential and important to develop and consolidate. Nevertheless, all these citizens’ initiatives that engage in almost all cities and villages in the West, are still a minority, some fragile against the giant of globalization. The mainstream media and most of the rhetoric is that human industry is worsening the health of our land on a daily basis, yet the economic power of large multinationals remains the most important issue.
Linkages between projects are vital and knowing the communities together can enable you and others to become part of this movement.
Horizon Transition is a travel project from which a discovery project was born. We have both been involved over the last years in alternative and community projects in Quebec, and now we want to see what is happening elsewhere. See what is happening elsewhere and share everyone’s experiences.
We start from the observation that it is together and collectively that we advance faster and more surely, but we are sometimes often isolated when we want to start a different project. Sometimes we do not know what exists in our own city as an initiative, so find out what is happening elsewhere!
The goal of the Horizon Transition project is to meet the different projects we will meet and discuss with members of them. Discuss, testify about these meetings and share everyone’s experience. It is not necessary to always have to rethink everything from the beginning, it is important that we can have the testimony of those who have tried before us, whether they have been successful or not.
A permanent travel
Yes, Horizon Transition is a permanent journey, because from a sedentary life in Quebec we become nomadic elsewhere. Try new jobs on the road, discover new places and try to be in tune with our principles. It’s a daily rediscovery of our practices. Try to include these new emerging practices with the fact of not being able to invest. Take the testimony, speak and bring it elsewhere. Wear it in our snail, slowly, but surely, in order to arrive safely and not miss anything. A permanent trip to be amazed every day.
Production of small documentaries and articles
Want to know more? Through our website, we will make known alternative projects that we have discovered at the option of meetings or by a specific search. Internet search does not give all the answers; by going to see directly on the spot we will be able to know new ways of doing and to share them.
Create an information and example resource for creating projects
Need indications and references? As we discover projects, we will organize the information in order to constitute a resource for a citizen who would like to learn or join a new project. (steps, good moves, challenges, etc.) No environment is the same as another, but there are still similarities. Being able to be inspired can help in the steps.
To make think on local and global
If at our local level we reinvented together a controllable global? It is our individual actions that enable change: this is one of the fundamental principles of the transition movement. The global is easy, it’s globalization, it’s this mass movement that we can not stop … and yet. To invest oneself in one’s neighborhood, one’s community, is to live in it, it’s anchored. To invest in a project is also to involve a change of oneself.
What do you think is the difference between an activist and a citizen involved in a project? The documentary Tomorrow has had considerable success in showing the image of the citizen. In return, we note that militant documentaries are often less successful on a large scale. Both seem necessary to us, but the image of struggle seems diminished and questioned. We want to understand how is perceived now activism by the actors of the projects that we will meet, but also by the uncommitted people. Is it still important to talk about political awareness and coherence in our daily actions?
Think on the term consume and what it implies in our daily acts
What is a consumer? According to us, consumption does not stop at the feeder or leisure function. We also think about it in terms of time, relationships, choice. Today’s society pushes us to go faster and to make slowness obsolete, so that our consumption choices are not always consistent with our convictions. It is surely more than a word; is today a definition of modern man? He does less and less, he buys and he demands results. We wish to question ourselves on this subject!