Transition South Lantau will be supporting 350.org’s Global Work Party on 10/10/10 to send a global message to the world’s leaders that we, the people, are doing something to combat global warming – so what are they doing? (Find out more at www.350.org). We’re going to hold a Swap Party on the roof of The China Beach Club in Mui Wo, followed by a viewing of three short episodes of The Powerdown Show, a series of TV programmes about community responses in Ireland to the threats of global warming, peak oil and economic contraction.
For the Swap Party bring along anything that you want to swap, such as clothes, DVDs, CDs, books, toys, household goods, and so on, as long as it is clean and in good condition. You will get vouchers for the items you bring along, which you can then exchange for any items you fancy that other people have brought. It’s for all the family, it’s fun, and it encourages us to extend the life and usefulness of items we no longer want instead of dumping them in the tip and heading off to the shops to buy new stuff. It’s the continual drive to buy more, more, more that has pushed us to the point of economic breakdown. We’re reaching the limits of our natural resources, especially the lifeblood of our industrial civilisation without which economic growth will be virtually impossible – cheap oil. So, we’re trying to do our bit to encourage people to STOP SHOPPING.
The films we’re showing were made to support the Transition Movement, which aims to bring about a smooth transition from our addiction to fossil fuels to a condition of local resilience. Globalisation, with its greed, its contempt for workers’ rights, and its trashing of the environment, is dead in the water; localisation offers a way out of the appalling mess we’re in, but it depends entirely upon the active engagement of local people. Come and watch the films to see some of the ways people are trying to improve their local communities, and join us at TSL to build a better future for South Lantau – or start your own transition group in another part of HK. We’ll give you all the help we can. The issue at stake is massive – the future of humanity. But at the same time it’s the individual, everyday choices we make that move us towards a better – or worse – future. Everybody and everything you do has an effect and makes a difference. There is no escaping that. So, make the right choices, be conscious of what you’re doing and how your decisions affect others. Be part of the solution instead of part of the problem. As Gandhi said, “Whatever you do will be insignificant, but it is very important that you do it.”


About transitionsl

I've been an English teacher for the best part of 30 years, teaching in England, Tanzania, Brunei, Australia and Hong Kong. I've always been interested in nature and environmental issues, but it was the discovery of Peak Oil about five years ago that galvanised me into trying to help my local community to prepare for what will be a dramatically different world to the one many of us have been used to. I've been helping to run a transition group, following the guidelines created by Rob Hopkins's Transition Movement in the UK. This blog is an attempt to engage in discussion with a wider group of people in Hong Kong on the ways to transition from our current oil dependency to a state of fossil-free local resilience.
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