November Transition Asheville social/gathering

The transition Asheville November 2018 potluck and potlatch brought together a group of fine Transitioners who first viewed a Thanksgiving video about gratitude. Then came the good food, followed by the exchange of good used items. That must rate as a success, as only one item went home with its original owner. No social/gathering for December, but mark Saturday, January 19, 2019 on your calendar. That afternoon we will have a tour of a passive solar home in East Asheville.

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Transition Asheville’s October Social

On October 15th, we had the pleasure of hearing from Vicki Meath about the work of the local Just Economics group. Her report generated a lot of interest in the people in attendance. This was the third in our series focusing on economics. Vicki talked a lot about the effort to raise the minimum wage in NC, and to encourage local employers to pay a livable wage. The latter work has thus far certified more than 400 employers as paying

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September Gathering

The Transition Asheville gathering on September 17 featured an interview of David Korten conducted by Thom Hartmann. Korten’s brilliance shines through in his understanding that to save Earth, ourselves, and democracy, we must change the story that governs how we understand the world and our choices. He shares a compelling new story to guide our transition from a corporate-power to a people-power future (as published in his book, Change the Story, Change the Future). He speaks a forbidden but self-evident

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August 2018 Monthly Gathering

Transition Asheville’s August social featured a presentation by leadership from the Narrow Ridge Earth Literacy Center near Knoxville. The NRELC is a 600-acre land trust that is off the grid in the mountains of Grainger County and features a library, strawbale lodge, 35 homes on leased (not owned) land, and places for visitors to stay. Solar panels, composting toilets, a lovely labyrinth, vision fasts for youth and adults, a peace camp for high school students, organic garden, mountain music festivals,

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Buncombe County Pass Resolution for 100% Renewable Energy

At its meeting last evening (Dec. 5, 2017), Buncombe County commissioners passed the resolution to commit to 100% renewable energy for County properties by 2030, and in the county in 25 years! Thanks to all who wrote, who called, who came and spoke, and who have supported this effort since we joined together. And THANKS must go to the high school and college students who collected 1800 signatures among them and spoke so compellingly about their commitment to get to

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Tomorrow: The Documentary – A Film Screening & Idea Incubator

First Congregational UCC, 20 Oak St., Asheville Oct. 29, 3-6pm Join us for a screening of the award-winning documentary ‘Tomorrow,’ which takes a proactive and hopeful approach to the many pressing environmental issues we currently face. The film has been called “required viewing for anyone wondering what they could do to pitch in and save the planet.” Following the screening we will divide into 5 topical ‘idea incubators’, focusing on the main topical areas it covers: Agriculture, Energy, Economy, Democracy,

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New York 2140, Worthwhile Reading

Kim Stanley Robinson strikes again with this 2017 sci-fi look at New York 2140, after the climate disasters (50 foot sea level rise and massive hurricanes) strike. That’s to be expected from Time magazine’s 2008 “Hero of the Environment”. What’s perhaps new from him is the clear explanation of banking and finance, and how they corrupt the market and politics to the detriment of the world’s people. That much alone made it a worthwhile read for me. Add likable characters,

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City of Asheville Climate Bill of Rights

The City of Asheville, North Carolina Climate Bill of Rights Ordinance Establishing a Community Climate Bill of Rights for the People of the City of Asheville, North Carolina, which Prohibits Activities and Projects that would Violate the Bill of Rights, and which Provides for a Sustainable Energy Policy and Enforcement of the Bill of Rights Against Private and Public Corporations Engaged in Prohibited Activities and Projects Whereas, this community finds that continued reliance on fossil fuels violates the right of

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