There are a number of islands in the Transition Movement and they are beginning to do some interesting things. It’s all pretty basic: grow more food locally, educate people, conserve and recycle, re-skill, use less of everything especially petroleum products. Here’s what some of our island brethren and sisteren are doing:
Transition Salt Spring Island has a program called, “Let’s grow more food this year.” “Salt Spring only grows five per cent of its fruits and vegetables — a very small amount of what could potentially be produced on the island. (An upcoming) gathering will use an open space format, in which the content is determined by the participants. In the first part of the event the whole group will share ideas of ways to grow more food this year. Several small group brainstorming, networking and planning sessions will follow. The aim is to envision concrete, easily implemented, immediate food-growing projects with the potential to increase the food supply and create new opportunities for people who would like to grow more food.”
The Isle of Wright (Great Britain) has a Vegswap program. “Vegswap enables you to swap your home grown or homemade produce with other local gardeners. You can save money, reduce food miles and be gentle on the environment and enjoy fresher, better tasting fruit and veg.”
Transition Waiheke Island (New Zealand) has established The Fabulous Fruit Tree Group and embarked on an ambitious project to plant 20,000 fruit trees over a ten year period to make Waikehe into a fruit center.
Transition Phillip Island (Australia) “is in the process of planning a Community Orchard. This project will enable Phillip Island communities to develop knowledge and skills in grafting, pruning, heritage varieties and social enterprise. All fruit grown in the Community Orchard will be sold on Phillip Island, reducing the food miles traveled by food from the paddock to (the) plate.”
Transition Whidbey is working on developing a community currency system, and a web application to support local exchanges, called Whidbey Community eXchange.
Keep in mind that the Transition Movement is a relatively new phenomenon and most of these organizations are in the very early stage. Transition Whatcom, for example, is still in the “educate the communitity” phase.