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2017 – A sea of exponentials

Peak Prosperity / Chris Martenson / 31 December 2016

“The greatest shortcoming of the human race is our inability to understand the exponential function.” ~ Al Bartlett

Perhaps the most vexing challenge remains how to more effectively communicate the various predicaments and problems we face.

It’s not having more numbers, or more data, that’s for sure. If numbers and data worked then we’d have taken a very different path sometime back in the 1950’s.

As Admiral Hyman Rickover said in a speech to a group of doctors in 1957:

“I think no further elaboration is needed to demonstrate the significance of energy resources for our own future. Our civilization rests upon a technological base which requires enormous quantities of fossil fuels. What assurance do we then have that our energy needs will continue to be supplied by fossil fuels: The answer is – in the long run – none.

The earth is finite. Fossil fuels are not renewable. In this respect our energy base differs from that of all earlier civilizations. They could have maintained their energy supply by careful cultivation. We cannot.

Fuel that has been burned is gone forever. Fuel is even more evanescent than metals. Metals, too, are non-renewable resources threatened with ultimate extinction, but something can be salvaged from scrap. Fuel leaves no scrap and there is nothing man can do to rebuild exhausted fossil fuel reserves. They were created by solar energy 500 million years ago and took eons to grow to their present volume.

In the face of the basic fact that fossil fuel reserves are finite, the exact length of time these reserves will last is important in only one respect: the longer they last, the more time do we have, to invent ways of living off renewable or substitute energy sources and to adjust our economy to the vast changes which we can expect from such a shift. Fossil fuels resemble capital in the bank.

A prudent and responsible parent will use his capital sparingly in order to pass on to his children as much as possible of his inheritance. A selfish and irresponsible parent will squander it in riotous living and care not one whit how his offspring will fare.

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2016 Annual General Meeting Report

Transition Brockville / 30 November 2016

Butler's Creek gardenersTransition Brockville’s well-attended Annual General Meeting on November 27 at the Brockville Public Library was lively, positive and productive.

After everyone had enjoyed a lunch of homemade soup and chili, MC Izabela Waglay summarized Transition presentations in 2016. Other members of the steering committee briefly described Transition’s partnerships with the library for Seedy Saturday, with the city’s solid waste officer for Talking Trash, with Butler’s Creek Community Garden for Tasty Tours, and with Ontario Culture Days for a Transition display on Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.

Next came an open discussion on what Transition Brockville’s goals for 2017 should be. Top of the list – seek partnerships with other groups and individuals in the community that share many of Transition’s goals for building community resilience. Thanks to Karen and Bill Carriere, of Transition Cornwall+, and Alan Medcalf, former chair of the Brockville Cycling Advisory Committee, for their ideas on how to go about finding partners.

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Downtown recognized as a Bicycle Friendly Business Area

DBIA/Ontario by Bike / 21 November 2016

dbialogoDowntown Brockville is now one of four certified Bicycle Friendly Business Areas in Ontario! The Ontario By Bike Network is a province-wide network of certified bicycle friendly businesses and business areas that collectively enhance Ontario’s cycle tourism sector and growing cycling market. This designation positions downtown Brockville as a hub for the excellent on road cycling and trail riding throughout the city and into the surrounding region.

The Downtown Brockville Business Improvement Area (DBIA), an association of businesses operating within a specific district approved by the City of Brockville, has been working over the past months with Ontario By Bike to meet the minimum criteria for the desigination, including dedicated cycling page on the BIA’s website (www.downtownbrockville.com/cycle-downtown-brockville.php). Meg Plooy, Executive Director of the Downtown Brockville Business Improvement Area states, “With the expansion of the Brock Trail and continued improvements to active transportation infrastructure within our City and Region, DBIA was eager to take the steps to be awarded our Bike Friendly designation and continue to promote Downtown Brockville as an alive and vibrant destination.”

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Transition Network Newsletter – November 2016

Transition Network / 03 November 2016

transicio-coverWe open this month with review of an irony free film about Climate Change by the owner of a $200m yacht, an award for a film, a new inspiring French film and two pieces on Brexit, it really isn’t time for everybody to get stoned (as might now Dylan agree). Insights into community Funders and communities having fun doing stuff. Plus reports from Italy, Mallorca, Barcelona and a course in Slovenia.

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Sustainability focus of international meeting

Recorder & Times / Ronald Zajac / 03 November 2016

icsrc-meetingBrockville could one day be home to an international centre devoted to sustainable development, working in tandem with Queen’s University and the Aquatarium.

While the project is still years away, it’s the objective of a small group of biosphere reserve representatives from five countries meeting at the Aquatarium Thursday through Saturday.

The international working group, set up at a previous UNESCO-backed international conference here three years ago, aims to develop a detailed program for research, education and exhibitions at the proposed International Centre for Sustainable Rural Communities (ICSRC), which would be located in Brockville.

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REconomy Project teleseminar: Enterprises that Build Resilience

Transition US

What if our economy actually served people and the planet, and built stronger communities? Instead of extracting resources, what if businesses built local wealth and resilience while regenerating ecosystems? And what if we create enterprises that provide good jobs, reduce income inequality, and lower our carbon footprint?

The Transition US REconomy Project seeks to explore these three questions and develop strategies to bring these economic ideals to life.

Join us to learn from some of the incredible businesses featured in our new REconomy Report 25 Enterprises that Build Resilience: Lopez Community Land Trust and the Local Investing Opportunities Network.

Date: Wednesday, November 9, 2016 – 1:00 pm – 2:15 am EST
Registration: To participate, register online and you will receive call information via email.

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The Transition Framework

Resilience is the ability of a system or community to withstand impacts from outside. An indicator is a good way of measuring that. Conventionally, the principal way of measuring a reducing carbon footprint is CO2 emissions. However, we firmly believe that cutting carbon while failing to build resilience is an insufficient response when you’re trying to address multiple shocks such as peak oil, climate change and the economic crisis together.

— Transition U.S.
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