The Power of Community

At our first meeting on the 20th Feb 2008 we showed the film ‘The Power of Community’: “Cuba, an isolated island nation, rebuilt its quality of life following the collapse of cheap oil, supplied by the former Soviet Union. This fascinating and empowering film shows how communities pulled together, created solutions, and ultimately thrived in spite of their decreased dependence on imported energy.”

As we too face the twin challenges of Climate Change and Peak oil, there is much we can learn from the Cuban experience about adapting and thriving in a low energy future.

The film was followed by a discussion around our hopes, fears and ideas for the future of a sustainable Westcliff, and itwas agreed that a follow up meeting to be held on March 5th would begin to explore practical ideas in order to develop the Transition Town Westcliff concept.

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6 Responses

  1. (Copied from old Blog Site)

    It was a good meeting and it is great to see that there are others in Westcliff who want to change the way we live. I suggest at the next one we do a ‘brainstorm’ on all of the low energy/energy saving things that are already going on in Westcliff, then have a discussion and then brainstorm what more we could do together through Transition Town Westcliff, agree three priorities then do an Action Plan! Matt (Comment this)

    Written by: Anonymous at 2008/02/23 – 22:48:36

  2. Thanks for the positive and useful feedback Matt, sounds like a good suggestion! see you next Weds, Graham

  3. very good idea Matt, lets do some work.

  4. Hi. I tried to come to the meeting on Weds. Unfortunately I was running late as I had a late meeting at work… by the time I got there at 8 pm the library doors were shut and there was no way I could get in! Please could you let me know when you’re meeting again. Cheers, Matt

  5. Sorry you missed the meeting Matt, we hope to get a report up on the Blog site very soon. Will keep you informed of developments!

    Cheers Graham

  6. […] The Power of Community and deciding to form a steering group […]

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