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Eight groups help city transition to green future

Apr 8th, 2009 | By | Category: Latest News, News

By Elisabeth Creevey

alison-hoffmannmainTRANSITION TOWN Kelburn’s inaugural community meeting was attended by nine local residents at the school hall last week.

The eighth Wellington branch of this international social networking and environmental movement was the initiative of Alison Hoffmann, Eva Naylor, Anita Kloezeman and Margaret Gordon.

With oil production having peaked and the arrival of climate change, Ms Hoffmann (pictured) says society is “transitioning from one way of living to another”.

The movement has a strong gardening focus, as more people look locally for sustenance and aim to reduce their dependence on fossil fuels.

Suggested activities ranged from sharing seed stocks, visiting each other’s gardens, and checking out backyard poultry arrangements.

People at the Kelburn gathering said they would connect with neighbours, share knowledge without putting a price on it, and use skills from the past to improve the future.

New Zealand has about 50 Transition Towns groups. The organisations have no president, committee or secretary.

Ms Hoffmann says: “It’s a bottom-up organisation. What the community wants to do … individuals decide.”

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