I got a job this week and really felt the brunt of what I already knew--that Transition is an over-time situation. For many of us life was overwhelming already, before the "peak moment" came. The psychological element of peak oil and the personal scale of Transition could be full-time jobs in themselves, but it's added to whatever else we had going on before. Projects at the larger community and county scales seem monstrously huge and overwhelming.
I don't think we have the time to sort it out. The recent EIA report that admitted the peak global oil production year was 2006 convinces me that my life will never be the same again. I always knew the American lifestyle was unsustainable, but I guess I thought I had more time to figure it out. Now it's a real timecrunch, and it puts pressure on me to PRIORITIZE.
To my mind, the most important aspects that need to be addressed in order to thrive in a post peak oil future are food, heating, and energy efficiency. That will keep us fed and warm. Right alongside those are a rational, flexible, tenacious psyche and a means of local trade. The many various other topics TW has explored are important, but these are the top in my mind.
What I'm wanting for Transition Whatcom is a re-banding. At the Great Unleashing we witnessed the energy of a large group and then we disbanded into small groups. The impression I get is that there were many great ideas but not so much help to get them done. (If everyone started their own group, they'd all be groups of one, right? Something like that.) At this moment, I'm wondering, what if we came together again as a big group, and took on significant projects with a prioritized focus?
Probably not a well thought out idea, but it's on my mind today. As I sit here rereading it, I think it would do just as well to band each theme group together. Either way I think in order for us to be effective a sense of priority must be addressed. Otherwise we're wasting precious time.
Correction: It was the IEA, the international Energy Agency document, World Energy Outlook 2010 that I was quoting, not the EIA, which is the Energy Information Administration. Got my acronyms mixed up. The IEA is an international organization, the EIA is US Federal.
FYI, the TWOG Blog has moved. The new "Blog from the TWOG" is actually in the Blog section rather than here in the Forums.