Going back to using common sense is what Transition Dun Laoghaire is all about. In a time of a complete lack of confidence in government decisions and the financial system as it stands a group of people in Dun Laoghaire has formed and joined up with a larger network called the Transition Network. The group who are tired of all the negativity surrounding the recession are working together to create positive solutions within the Dun Laoghaire community. The first step has been creating a community environment. In recent years we have all gotten quite removed from existing within a community atmosphere and become fairly isolated. In years gone by it was perfectly natural to call into your neighbour for a chat and a cup of tea but more and more of us have moved away from that way of life.
Transition towns are a grassroots network of communities that aim to build community resilience as a positive response to climate change, economic instability and peak oil. Adaptability is at the heart of resilience and the transition movement considers resilience as ‘ more than sustaining current models and practises but instead rethinking assumptions about infrastructure and systems that should lead to a more sustainable, resilient and low carbon economy’ (Transition founder Rob Hopkins, 2011). The Transition town movement began in 2004 in Kinsale, Ireland. It has since spread rapidly to 900 towns worldwide and counting. Transition towns within Ireland include Galway, Skerries, Sandymount, East Clare, Skerries, Clonmel, Donegal, West Cork and Wexford.
Activities of Transition groups range from community gardening, skill sharing workshops, harvest celebrations, film evenings. Transition Towns are not a protest group rather a pro positive action group within the community they exist. Empowering people to go back to growing their own food constitutes a large part of what Transition is involved in. As fossil fuels such as oil become scarce, prices rise, causing hardship for families, it makes sense to produce food a lot closer to home. Part of Dun Laoghaire Transition includes a Grow It Yourself (GIY) group who meet every month to discuss and learn more about growing.
Transition Awareness week was run in early March with two movie and discussion evenings and a skill sharing day. Facilitators included Permaculturalist Robert O’Brien and GIY Sandymount founder Cath Dev. Participants learnt how to sow seeds, improve soil quality, make a raised bed, compost successfully and the principles of permaculture. A World Cafe run by Alex Duffy was held later in the day and included a 7 minute meditation with a discussion on Inner Transition afterwards.
The group currently has 61 members and growing. The next event is a two day skill sharing and film event to be held on the 31st March and 1st April. To join the group and find out more about future workshops and meetings you can join the Facebook group or contact Leeanne Timony on 086 4039868.
By Leeanne Timony