The world is facing two major crises
Oh No What Are They?
Peak oil and climate change.
Are we doomed? Is there a hero who can save us?
Yes there is, it’s the members of Transition Towns.
TRANSITION TOWNS, WHAT ARE THEY?
Transition Towns are community groups with an environmental heart. There are Transition Towns all over the world carrying out amazing initiatives to bring their community together and help the planet at the same time. This is what makes them superheroes. They want to make their communities more resilient and sustainable and to combat climate change and peak oil rather then contribute to it. Rob Hopkins the creator of the Transition Network believed that by regarding both issues in unison using grassroots initiatives real change could be made. There are thousands of Transition Initiatives being carried out on a daily basis, they range from community supported agriculture, community allotments, pedal power cinemas, reskilling festivals, and that’s just to name a few. They implement fun and creative ways to make their communities more resilient and thus lowering any negatives impact on the planet.
THESE CRISES, HOW BAD ARE THEY?
We know the world is facing an environmental crisis and this is affecting so many of us personally, professionally, financially and mentally. We have seen snow in May, houses and lives ruined to flooding, farm animals dying and this is just on our small island, never mind the catastrophes facing the world around us and the resultant climate change refugees that need to flee their homes and livlihoods. Carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere are at a record high and this is causing changes to our weather patterns and climate, much of which is disastrous. Peak oil is another major issue, oil levels are dropping while oil demand is growing. We cannot continue on like this. While some of us panic and shout ‘what can be done?’ many people like transition town members are working on projects that have a positive impact on our local and global communities.
WHAT CAN THIS CAMPAIGN DO?
Our campaign is to create and run ‘Recognising Resilience – The Transition Awards’ an awards ceremony to recognise and reward transition initiatives in Ireland. Transition Towns bring together communities and work on resilient solutions. Many of these solutions and their impacts go unnoticed so we want to set up an awards ceremony to recognise the great work of these initiatives and show our appreciation and mobilise more Transition Initiatives to be carried out. The overall winner of the awards will have a documentary produced about their community and Transition Initiatives. The awards and ceremony will be used to spread the word about these community and environmental heroes. In these times of economic hardship we want to turn recession in to resilience and bring some joy and hope back to the Irish people.
WHO IS RUNNING THE CAMPAIGN?
This campaign is being run by Elaine Doyle, Olwyn Roche and the facilitators of TINI (Transition Ireland and Northern Ireland). We are all passionate about community, resilience, sustainable development and believe that the power of people through collaboration can make real change in the world. Elaine is an engineer and Olwyn is an architect and while both these women have technical brains, they have green hearts and an entrepreneurial spirit. Both are really excited to run this campaign to raise money to run an awards show that will recognise the heroes of Transition Initiatives that often go unnoticed and to put their stories on film in the ‘Recognising Resilience Documentary’. Irish people are born and bred on stories and we want to bring the stories of the Transition members in Ireland to other Irish people and the world.
MONEY, MONEY, MONEY, WHERE WILL THE DONATIONS GO?
We are looking to raise €10,000. This money will be used to create and run the awards in Dublin, secure prizes for the winners including making a documentary to further promote and highlight their Transition Initiatives and community. As a small treat for you donors out there we have some fun perks. Our perks range from donations of €1 to €10,000. We aim to accommodate all pockets. Our perks vary from happy thoughts being sent out from our team, to handwritten cards, tree planting, an executive producer title on the documentary to having an award named after you for a year at the ‘Recognising Resilience – The Transition Awards’. We picked our perks to make you smile and make the planet smile. We are aiming to raise €10,000, splitting the money between creating and hosting the awards and making the documentary. In the case that we don’t reach our target we will alter the size of the awards and documentary to suit our budget.
OH OH I'VE NO MONEY, CAN I STILL HELP?
We understand that not everyone has finances to donate to this campaign. We ask you to check all your pockets and under your couch for even €1 to donate (you will get a happy thought in return), if you find nothing there we still have a small job for you. Transition Initiatives are all about stories, great positive stories, something we need as much of the world is consumed with economic crisis and the entire planet is in an environmental crisis. We want you to help us spread these stories, stories about this campaign, about the ‘Recognising Resilience awards’ and about Transition Initiatives and the Transition Network. Even better then spreading stories, we want you to take action, set up your own Transition Initiatives and make a difference to the planet both for your neighbours next door and on the other side of the world. We want you to become a better local and global citizen.
People power and resilience are the real assets we have to make changes at a local and global level for people, economy and the environment, all facets of sustainable development. Transition Initiatives are being carried out all over the world on a daily basis and we want to run the awards to let the superstars of the Irish initiatives have their day and allow them a platform for their amazing and contributory work to be recognised. Each of us is part of a local community and we all play a part as global citizens in the global community. The awards and documentary will not only recognise the great work being carried out by Transition Initiatives in Ireland at present but encourage others to set up their own initiatives and inspire Ireland to become a whole island of Transition Initiatives. From there we want to inspire the world to set up even more Transition Initiatives to become more resilient and therefore happier. We’re looking to put a smile on your face and on the face of the planet.
HELP US TURN RECESSION IN TO RESILIENCE AND CREATE RECONGISING RESILIENCE - THE TRANSITION AWARDS
A BIG GREEN THANK YOU!
Elaine & Olwyn