OuiShare is a global community and think and do-tank started in Paris, France in 2012. It was founded to connect people, organizations and ideas around fairness, openness and trust. Its end goals are to provide solutions to complex issues and to share resources and opportunities.
Community Research Connections (CRC) offers several resources to help communities move toward more sustainable development. The organisation brings a Canadian perspective to climate change adaptation and mitigation and to biodiversity conservation.
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You can also watch a short video in which director Ann Dale shares her vision of sustainable communities on our Sweet Songs Collection page here.
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by Hélène Montpetit
March 2, 2016 – The City of Montreal is consulting its citizens to get their suggestions as to how to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions. As usual, the community has stepped up!
These documents are a great source of information and ideas for anyone interested in finding out more about resilience and transitioning to fossil-free living.
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Resilience.org, a program of the Post Carbon Institute (PCI) formerly known as Energy Bulletin, covers peak oil and energy, resource depletion and related issues. The site is a great hub for networking and information. It provides clear definitions of the issues, a section for groups engaged in building resilience, as well as user-generated and PCI articles, reports and other resources.
“The dilemma of modern life is to understand that there are not only consequences directly caused by what we do but also subtle and indirect effects that, when taken collectively, can cause havoc on the systems that sustain us.”
Ann Morrow, Upaya Environmental Chaplain, Zen Peacemaker Order
Montrealers wishing to support the City’s transition to a more resilient state might consider supporting Ms Morrow’s brief in the context of the VertMontreal public consultations by filling out the online form here.
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From left to right: Declan Rankin Jardin of Alvéole, Tereska Gesing of Urban Seedling, Cameron Stiff of Compost Montreal, Robyn Rees and Loic Freeman-Lavoie of the Hudson Land Trust.
by Hélène Montpetit
On Saturday, February 13th, the Concordia Food Coalition held its third annual Transitions Conference, bringing together Montreal food sovereignty activists to discuss issues pertaining to food policy, food production, land use and waste management. Among the encouraging news shared was a nascent collaboration toward building a more cohesive, sustainable food system for Greater Montreal. Continue reading “Concordia Transitions 2016: Montreal Food Sovereignty Movement has an End Game”
by Hélène Montpetit
Are you familiar with the curse “May you live in interesting times?” It’s been on my mind lately as I wonder what, if anything, we are supposed to do about the economic hardships, armed conflicts, acts of terror, and all manner of other things competing to ensure historians will want to pore over and analyse the turn of the 21st century.
Since I do have–(as a Twitter friend recently put it)–a lovely glass-three-quarters-full worldview, I of course wonder whether blessings can’t be found under the curses of our very own interesting times. Continue reading “Choice and Change: Living in interesting times”
The Commons Transition Platform is an open public forum that favours collaborative endeavours and local projects. Based on a commons-driven perspective, it makes available practical information and policy proposals. Open to all, it is a gateway to a network of people committed to positive change at the local, national and international levels. Continue reading “Sweet Songs Collection no. 13: Commons Transition”
The Transition Network is an initiative started in 2006 by Rob Hopkins and Naresh Giangrande. Over the years, the organisation has developed the core elements of a model that enables communities to move out of the age of fossil fuels toward healthier solutions.
“In our vision of the future, people work together to find ways to live with a lot less reliance on fossil fuels and on over-exploitation of other planetary resources, much reduced carbon emissions, improved wellbeing for all and stronger local economies. The Transition movement is an ongoing social experiment, in which communities learn from each other and are part of a global and historic push towards a better future for ourselves, for future generations and for the planet.”
For more information on The Transition Network, click here or watch a 6 minute introductory interview here, on our Sweet Songs page.