Kitsilano Demonstration Transition Village!
Village Vancouver Transition Society
November 11, 2013
More than 1,000
Overview:Imagine: an entire neighbourhood being brought together in a concerted effort to build a model for transition to a more healthy, livable, and sustainable future! Then imagine the impact of showing other neighbourhoods, towns and whole cities how to do the same!
Individual actions to limit and reverse climate change, reduce the use of non-renewable fuels, and build resilient local and global economies are achievable, but limited. Collaborative action at the grassroots level to organise and accelerate such individual action is one of the best means for humankind to seek and achieve a sustainable level of development.
The Transition Town movement, begun less than 10 years ago, is sweeping the globe and already empowering several hundreds of thousands of people to dramatically reduce their ecological footprint and reorient the local and global economy towards a sustainable or steady state equilibrium that balances the human footprint with the carrying capacity of the earth.
Here in Vancouver, Village Vancouver Transition Society has trained thousands of people in everything from food production and preservation to energy conservation and reducing consumption of goods and waste to emergency preparedness and ecological economics. With 300 events and activities a year, we have educated thousands more in the value and importance of learning such skills. We have connected people in ways and to a depth increasingly rare in urban environments. Now, it is time to take our efforts to the next level, by creating an impactful and replicable model for sustainable communities that can accelerate the transition to a more positive future, resilient in the face of environmental, energy and economic challenges currently facing us or looming on the horizon.
Our idea is to establish a Demonstration Transition Neighbourhood project focused in the Vancouver neighbourhood of Kitsilano. Kitsilano was selected because the community is currently home to many vibrant neighbourhood-based sustainability projects and many opportunities for building ecological capacity exist. This project will 1) identify, 2) nurture, and 3) measure replicable components of a resilient, sustainable community, focusing on food and how neighbours can deepen meaningful contacts with each another. Furthermore, the project will 4) create an asset map to identify key projects and their contributions to the objectives of a reduced ecological footprint and increased resilience, and areas where gaps exist, 5) identify, encourage and incubate new projects that help fill the gaps, 6) help activities link to one another to build synergy, 7) develop toolkits and resources for enabling healthy, sustainable neighbourhoods in Vancouver and nearby communities and 8) present the toolkits and resources to other neighbourhoods and communities to help them incubate and build capacity through their own initiatives.
Some of the assets this project will measure, document, link up and incubate include local food projects (gardens, urban farms, pocket markets, seed libraries, fruit tree orchards, beekeeping, community kitchens, programs providing access to healthy, nutritious, affordable food, permaculture projects, neighbourhood food networks, etc), initiatives to forge stronger connections and increased sharing and cooperation among neighbours (eg. Village Vancouver’s Drop-in Spaghetti Nights, collaborative gardens, reskilling workshops, permaculture blitzes, placemaking activities, seed swaps, potlucks and dinner groups, harvest festivals, idea fairs, book nooks, tool libraries, block parties, community bulletin boards and other neighbourhood gatherings and gathering spaces), as well as other projects and undertakings that reduce the neighbourhood’s ecological footprint and increase community and economic resilience (eg. plastic recycling parties, renewable energy and greywater projects, green and co-operative enterprises, etc). We will identify what challenges stand in the way of greater neighbourhood sustainability and resilience and seek ways to overcome them.
We would like to begin the project in January 2014. We are seeking $50,000, which will help cover the costs of community and research coordinators, rent, printing, website, graphic design, video work, events, workshops, supplies and materials, and outreach. We estimate that this will be matched by approximately $40,000 worth of volunteer and in-kind inputs from Village Vancouver and other community members, as well as other small grants for individual projects in Kitsilano.
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