Sooke Transition Town Cafe encourages community resilience

Sooke residents asked to join in conversation with transition group

Are you interested in increasing Sooke’s resilience as a community? Not sure where to start? Here is an opportunity to talk in a casual setting about how we can all help improve our community. The second monthly Transition Town Café takes place from 2-4 p.m. on Sunday, March 4 at the Reading Room Café.

The first Transition Town Café in February drew approximately 25 people, and the lively group dialogue covered many subjects: alternative energy, emergency preparedness, food security, the possibilities for a local currency and much else. Those in attendance learned about some of the initiatives already underway locally, discussed exciting developments taking place elsewhere in the province and shared news about upcoming events of related interest. Old friends and newcomers alike were warmly welcomed to the circle.

The Transition Town movement began in Ireland but now spans the globe. This grassroots movement seeks to raise awareness of sustainable living and to build local resilience in the face of climate change, peak oil, and economic uncertainty. Sooke became an official Transition Town just over a year ago, but the work of transitioning to lower energy consumption and a more resilient community is just beginning.  This is a movement based on inclusivity, on “we” not “us and them,” a focus in keeping with the new year and new leadership in our community.

What is important is to find our commonalities and our mutual involvement in this global problem, not who is wrong or right. Synergy: connecting, building and creating. This is the type of activism that Transition Towns encourage, the kind of activism that promotes local businesses, local farms and gardens, and helps us pull together to be the kind of community we all want.

This is a great place to meet like-minded people for conversation, inspiration, and cooperation. The Transition Town Café welcomes everyone to join conversations that encourage us all to be the change we want to see right here in Sooke.

Transition Town Café, the first Sunday of each month at the Reading Room Café (beside Western Foods in Evergreen Plaza, 6660 Sooke Rd.), drop in from 2 to 4 p.m. Free admission.

Food and drinks available for purchase. More information about Sooke Transition Town is available online at www.sooketransition.org.