Tina Clarke: Community Resilience and Social Equity in Changing Times
Monday, April 26, 2010
We know that higher energy costs, climate change, and economic instability pose a “Triple Challenge” that impacts most heavily on economically and culturally marginalized people. The times clearly require creative action.
Transition Initiatives offer a positive, inspiring, bottom-up response that brings people together to build community resilience. The uniquely coherent and comprehensive nature of the Transition approach has engaged thousands of people who are passionate about embracing the challenge and opportunity of these times. Around the world, they are now joining with others to organize initiatives in hundreds of towns, cities, and neighbourhoods.
How can the Transition process help increase social equity? This presentation will briefly outline our global predicament and share pathways, actions, criteria, principles and on-the-ground successful models for including everyone as we strengthen our communities in a changing world.
Tina Clarke is a certified Transition Towns Trainer (www.transitiontowns.org) and a consultant with 30 years experience in social change movements, from global to local, including seven years in the Environmental Health and Justice movement in the U.S. She will share her first-hand study of and collaboration with the Transition movement in England last year, and her experience helping launch and support over 25 Transition Initiatives in the U.S. Tina has been an advocate, educator, consultant, and director of nonprofit programs with over 400 organizations. In Washington, D.C., she directed national citizen training programs for a faith-based coalition and directed Greenpeace USA’s citizen action network.
Tina has an M.A. in Public Policy from the University of Chicago. She lives in a Platinum LEED, passive solar-heated, low-toxic "Power House" that she helped design (www.zeroenergypowerhouse.com) that has won several awards (www.zechallenge.com, www.nesea.org) and generated twice the energy it used in 2009.
We hope to see you there!
Harcourt United Church (83 Dean ave, Guelph)
Monday, April 26th, 7 pm
$5 unwaged, $10 waged