2012 Transition Challenge from TransitionUS
For the entire month of May, thousands of average citizens from around the country will work together to create new gardens, green their homes and build community resilience. Abandoned lots will be converted into green oases and school children will pull weeds and plant tomato starts. Whole communities will pick up shovels and tools to help construct rainwater harvesting systems, install solar panels, make energy efficiency improvements, and share garden know-how with their friends and neighbors. All while educating and empowering community, and supporting local businesses.
You as an individual in your community can identify specific actions in one or more of the four challenge areas: food, water, energy, community and/or you can volunteer on a community project. All we ask is that you register your action so we can show the world just how powerful we are as a movement then check out the Actions Map to see who else is taking on the challenge.
Here are just a few ideas to get your creative juices flowing …
convert your lawn (or patio/balcony) to grow food
plant a fruit tree
create an herb garden
grow a row for a local food bank
start a worm bin or compost
install low flow
set up a greywater system
switch to drip irrigation
hang a clothes line
conduct a home energy audit
unplug and tune-in to Nature
have a block party and share stories
help a neighbor meet the Challenge
Join the thousands of people taking the Transition Challenge this May. There are any number of actions you can take to improve the place where you live while at the same time showing support for local businesses & efforts, educating & raising awareness, building community and empowering youth.
Pick up your shovels and tools. Help construct rainwater harvesting systems. Install solar panels. Make energy efficiency improvements, and share garden know-how with their friends and neighbors. Have a potluck!
This is an opportunity to promote and increase participation in city and county programs for lawn removal, greywater and healthy food while creating innovative demonstration gardens in communities ranging from front yards to apartment patios, city landscapes, schools, churches, organizations and businesses.
In 2011 we logged over 1,500 actions. This year we are aiming for 2,012!
Organizing a Challenge in your town (or city, village, county, parish, island) not only helps raise awareness and continues to build local resilience, it offers an opportunity for your citizens to be a part of something much larger. This is the perfect opportunity for communities across the country to come together and show their solidarity.
Be sure to check out last year’s challenge summary.
Double your impact and support 350.org global Climate Impacts Day on May 5th. Register your action for the Transition Challenge AND for the Climate Impacts Day! (Yes you will need to register on both websites…a few worthwhile moments to tell your story even more widely).