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A Transition Streets water challenge

Since completing the first challenge of turning off our taps for a day (only using one bucket of water each for the day), we have finished the second: seeing how much water we could save over a week. (The challenge … Continue reading

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Turning off the taps

On Saturday we turned off our water at the meter and were only allowed to use 10 litres of water per person. As part of the Transition Streets Challenge, we’re doing one of the water challenges: For one day – … Continue reading

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What is Transition Streets?

I realised people are eager to connect and learn new ways of living. I thought I was a “greenie” but participating in Transition Streets taught me many things I was unaware of. I have introduced more things in our daily … Continue reading

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Our love affair with the car

Recently a new freeway, the Hunter Expressway (M15), opened in Newcastle. Our local ABC radio station seemed to be obsessed by the advantages for the local community. I didn’t hear any reflections about the role of the car in our … Continue reading

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What is organic?

An amusing, but slightly disturbing, video about the difference between “natural” and “organic”. Don’t get sucked in by labelling – make sure you are an aware consumer. So what’s the difference between organic, chemical free, permaculture and biodynamic? The following … Continue reading

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My convenor report for the 2014 Transition Newcastle AGM

At the end of In Transition 2.0 (a great documentary we showed last year) it says: What we are convinced of is this: if we wait for the governments, it’ll be too little, too late if we act as individuals, … Continue reading

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Take a street and build a community

This TEDx talk by Shani Graham shows what can happen when neighbours get together. Who knows what could happen if you consciously built relations with your neighbours! We are discovering what a difference it can make through the Kids Vegies … Continue reading

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Building relationships with local councils

A couple of years ago, Transition Newcastle decided to build stronger relationships with Council. We took part in consultations (including a community planning process) responded to various issues and tried to raise our profile (mainly with staff). We built some … Continue reading

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In Transition 2.0

In Transition 2.0 provides a broad, inspiring overview of Transition Initiatives around the world. The documentary includes many examples of how local communities are responding to our need to create more sustainable communities. It was made by using local film … Continue reading

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A more sustainable Christmas?

According to the Australian National Retailers Association (ANRA), Australians are expected to spend $29.6 billion this Christmas. That’s $1270 for every adult, child and baby in the country! In the mainstream media, this is presented as great news. Take the … Continue reading

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