Free screening of ‘Transition 2.0’ to be held

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From 7 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 27, the Central Ohio Communities Project and Sustainable Delaware Ohio are hosting “Transition 2.0,” the 2012 documentary by Emma Goude. The venue is the Community Room of the Delaware County District Library at 84 E. Winter St, Delaware. The screening is free and open to the public. The film will last about 50 minutes and will be followed by discussion.

“Transition Town” is an international movement that started in 2006. It is a grassroots initiative that focuses on building cohesive, resilient and thriving communities. Over 1,200 cities and towns around the world are already on the official Transition Town list, with at least 160 of those being in the U.S., from major cities like Pittsburgh and Omaha to smaller places like Berea, Kentucky and Goshen, Indiana. Many members around the world are motivated by the clear and present danger of climate change. They see the need to reduce greenhouse gases and to transition from fossil fuels to cleaner and renewable energies. But there are many other aspects to the movement as well, including the desire to support and strengthen more locally based food systems. Member communities have a high degree of autonomy and can create their own goals and strategies. In each case, however, it is clear that the tenet of the Transition Movement is to effect deep and lasting transformational change in the areas of economic, social and environmental sustainability.

The documentary, narrated by “Transition Town” co-founder Rob Hopkins, mentions numerous projects that the various communities have developed. Among others, there is gardening, composting, recycling, bicycling, solar energy, crowd-funding, clean-ups, street beautification, reskilling, teaching, local currencies, and co-ops owned and operated by neighborhoods.

With the screening of the film, the Central Ohio Community Project hopes to start a conversation about how to make Delaware a “Transition Town.” It is everyone’s goal to see the local community continue to flourish economically, be unified socially, and be healthy environmentally. Building on past and current efforts and successes, the “Transition Town” movement can be the vehicle to ensure a sustainable future for generations to come.

After the film, those interested in participating in the “Transition Town” efforts, are asked to leave their name and contact information, or they can reach out to Terry Hermsen ([email protected]).

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