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International eco-group expo hits Wellington

Sep 23rd, 2009 | By | Category: Front Page Layout, Latest News, News

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Organiser Jolyon White was pleased with attendence.

NEW ZEALAND’S first Transition Towns expo at St Paul’s Cathedral in Thorndon brought dozens of people together daily to talk sustainability.

Organiser Jolyon White says this month’s two-week expo had good attendances, and plenty of quality information about the issues.

“It’s a chance for those groups who are doing their own little bits and pieces in their area to meet, network and have a stronger sense of what’s going on in Wellington,” says Joylon.

The expo featured information displays and exhibits from various community groups, as well as debates and discussions about a range of topics during the first week at lunchtimes.

The movement encourages communities to work together to reduce energy consumption while becoming more self-reliant by looking at things such as food production, water supplies and housing.

“It’s not a doom and gloom movement that says this is how bad things are,” says Joylon.

“We’re offering a picture of how much better it could be if communities learn to look after one another and find the resources that they need from within.

“Working with other groups in the community and honouring the wisdom of our elders is a significant part of Transition Towns as well.”

The movement began in Ireland in 2006 and has since spread to countries like the United States, United Kingdom, Italy, Canada and Australia.

Wellington has a number of chapters including groups in Aro Valley, Brooklyn, Johnsonville, Karori, Mt Victoria and Wellington South.

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