The transition to a low energy future is inevitable. Whether a sudden crash or a managed descent is in our hands. The supply of oil is at the peak and will soon decline, water is becoming a scarce resource in some places, other resources are being squandered, and averting the effects of extreme weather attributed to climate change is urgent.
A Transition Towns initiative is a local community preparing for these changes, working positively together to look peak oil and climate change squarely in the eye and address this big question:
Starting now, how can we sustain our local community and thrive during the next few decades?
Many aspects of life that the community in eastern Dorset needs in order to sustain itself must significantly change to increase our resilience to the effects of peak oil. We must also drastically reduce carbon emissions to mitigate the effects of climate change.
We live in the Poole, Bournemouth, Wimborne, Christchurch and surrounding areas and share the BH postcode. We are starting Transition Towns initiatives in our local areas. This is not really an organisation though. It is more a bunch of people that are just getting on with things.
At the moment we are simply a collection of acquainted individuals who help each other to get going. We meet about once a month for mutual support around our activities, to share resources and represent a united front to formal organisations.
We do have a constitution, which is available on our Google Group
What can you do?
- Look up peak oil, permaculture and Transition Towns on the web.
- Find out the time and place of our next event on our website, print out the map, and turn up with a friend.
- Connect with people living in your neighbourhood and start your local Transition Towns initiative. Please see our list of our members, their locations and skills
This A4 tri-fold leaflet gives more details of our group : transition bh flyer 3.Mar10
Transition BH Hub had its first meeting in December 2008, with 24 people meeting in a pub in Parkstone. After that Dave Crossland set up this website and the email groups. We then met for informal gatherings about once a month at the Grasshopper Pub in Parkstone (January, Febuary, March – you can see the reports on our reports page). In April we took our meeting to Christchurch to support the formation of the Transition Christchurch initiative, and in May five of us took part in a weekend of Transition Training in Dorchester.
By then we were all getting fired up about organizing our input to the Bournemouth and Poole Big Green Fortnight which happened at the end of May with talks on the Big Green Bus, stalls in both Bournemouth and Poole town centres, and our good fun “Party not a Protest” celebratory gig at Centre Stage which attracted around 100 party-goers.
Our June meeting took us down the Tatnam Organic Patch, which is where many of us meet for regular workdays anyway. Early June also saw the formation of the Transition Poole initiative with around 20 people meeting at the Britannia pub for open space discussions on trees in Poole, heart and soul, food growing and neighboursâ€¦
In July we continued our series of occasional film screenings in Oakdale with a showing of the brilliant BBC documentary “A Farm for the Future” which was well received with about 25 people there and a good discussion. Transition Poole had a chilly meeting on the beach. Sue and Ian had their “Big Lunch.” Theresa, Emily and Jamie headed for the bar as Bournemouth and Poole Green Drinks was born. And both Transition Bournemouth and Transition Wimborne had their first meetings.
In August, Harriet Stewart-Joes co-facilitated with Emily Bullock from DEAC a couple of workshops for Bournemouth Borough Council on adaptation to climate change, using material inspired by that of the Transition Network. These workshops were well received and may be taken to Poole Council too.
Phew! It’s been a fantastically busy and productive year!
And we’ve now got healthy nascent Transition groups in the four main centres of population (Christchurch, Bournemouth, Poole and Wimborne) as well as the more established groups in the Purbecks and New Forest, which is wonderful. It means that we’ve fulfilled one of our primary purposes for the hub which was to support the formation of Transition Town initiatives in the BH postcode area.
Contacts for the four new groups are:
- Transition Poole : Andy (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Transition Bournemouth : Soo (email@example.com)
- Transition Christchurch : Julie (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Transition Wimborne : Dave (email@example.com)
The email for enquiries regarding the Transition BH Hub is firstname.lastname@example.org and these come through to Dave Crossland and Harriet Stewart-Jones
In October 2009 the Transition BH Hub gained “official” Transition status, which means that it is officially recognised by the Transition Network organisation in Totnes, Devon, where Transition Towns started. This will help with funding and credibility when engaging with other organisations. Soon after this was announced, the BH Hub won one of 10 places to pilot the “Transition Together” initiative, which included £1,000 in funding.