Local Resilience and COVID-19

Transition Brockville / 23 March 2020

Transition Brockville's work supporting local, community resilience extends to ensuring the health and wellness of our community. While we will not be holding our regular monthly programs, we are hoping to use our virtual tools – this newsletter, our website and Facebook group – to explore how we can build social resilience under COVID-19, and what this means for community resilience in the future.

To this end, we hope you enjoy Chris Stesky's reflections after she listened to "Uncharted Territory," a conversation between the Post Carbon Institute's Asher Miller and Nate Hagens.

Each month in our newsletter we will highlight some issue, local or otherwise, arising out of the response to the global pandemic.

We would also like to hear from you. What are your thoughts on the possibilities in front of us as we respond, and adapt, to life in the time of COVID-19? Please send us an e-mail or comment on the post.

Remember – social distancing is not social isolation! We are in this together!


  • Dear Fellow Transitioners

    I would like to encourage all of you to listen to this powerful and empowering interview on the impact of the coronavirus on society's future that Asher Miller, of the Post Carbon Institute, had with Nate Hagens, a fellow of the PCI, on March 16, 2020:

    Uncharted Territory: The economic, energy and societal consequences of the pandemic

    I believe that if you listen to these 41 minutes, you will come away with an understanding of why we, as Transitioners, need to be explaining to family and friends – from a suitable social distance – why the novel coronavirus is a just-in-time wake-up call for global society.

    Nate Hagens used to work on Wall Street with asset management and investment firms, but turned away from that world and studied ecological economics. He now teaches about the relationship of energy to our debt-based, consumption-driven society, and what will happen when it's no longer possible for the economy to grow.

    We are in uncharted territory, he says. It was a novel coronavirus that brought us here in a way that has already profoundly changed how our society is functioning. As COVID-19 has now made utterly clear: we are all in this together. Whether we learn some lessons while we are here will affect how the next decade unfolds.

    Hagens has a way with colourful metaphors. He pictures our global society as a superorganism that is currently checked into the hospital for a virus. Will the organism listen to its doctors (scientists) and use the illness as the impetus to consciously reduce its consumption?

    If we all go back to business as usual when the virus is finally tamed, we will have missed a rare opportunity to begin to reset society on a different path, one that no longer uses monetary gain as a measure of prosperity; that reduces social inequities; that uses the earth's resources for the greater good.

    In the next weeks and probably months of social distancing and constrained purchasing, as we spend time with our families, as we telephone and write to friends and relatives, as we talk over the balcony or the garden fence with the neighbour next door, let us try to imagine with them a better world.

    So give Hagens and Miller a listen. I think you'll be very glad you did. And let us know what you think about their ideas.

    Chris Stesky
    23 March 2020

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