Rob Hopkins, the UK founder of the Transition Movement, is coming to L.A. and you’ll have two opportunities to meet him in Southern California: Sunday Oct 13 in West LA -or- Monday Oct 14 in Pasadena.
Rob is an inspiring speaker, an Akosha fellow, and the subject of a widely circulated TED talk. His Transition Handbook was a worldwide bestseller, and his Transition Companion is a lovely photo-spread intro to global progress. (There are now more than 1,100 Transition groups in 43 countries—and TCC is # 37!)
Rob’s latest book The Power of Just Doing Stuff, and will be available for sale for $15/each at both the WLA and Pasadena events. More info about the book at the bottom of this post.
Locally on the Westside, you can join in for a fun afternoon at the “Just Doing Stuff” Festival in Westchester followed by a Panel Discussion in the early evening just across the street from the festival:
Sunday Oct 13, 2013
2:30 – 4:30pm
“Just Doing Stuff” Festival
Emerson Avenue Community Garden
Emerson Ave @ 80th Place, LA 90045
FREE, Fun for all ages: Live music, food, Transition-related displays, crafts, & games.
Sunday Oct 13, 2013
“Just Doing Stuff” PANEL
Westchester United Methodist Church
8065 Emerson Ave., LA 90045
Tickets: $10 — pre-registration required >>
Rob in conversation with friends Andy Lipkis, founder and director of TreePeople,
D’Artagnan Scorza, executive director of Social Justice Learning Institute,
Meghan Sahli-Wells, Culver City Vice-Mayor (and core member of TCC!),
Joanne Poyourow, Initiator Transition LA, Environmental Changemakers.
If you can’t make Sunday, Rob will also be in Pasadena
Monday October 14 at the “Just Doing Stuff” TALK and FAIR,
10:30am-2:00pm. Throop Unitarian Universalist Church,
300 S. Los Robles Ave., Pasadena 91101.
Tickets: $10 at the door, or pre-register with Transition US for $5 >>
More info about the Pasadena event>>
Download the PDF >>
The Power of Just Doing Stuff
Excerpt: “Something is stirring. People around the world are deciding that the well-being of their local community and its economy lies with them. They’re people like you.
They’ve had enough, and, rather than waiting for permission, they’re rolling up their sleeves, getting together with friends and neighbours, and doing something about it. Whether they start small or big, they’re finding that just doing stuff can transform their neighbourhoods and their lives.
The Power of Just Doing Stuff argues that this shift represents the seeds of a new economy – the answer to our desperate search for a new way forward – and at its heart is people deciding that change starts with them. Communities worldwide are already modelling a more local economy rooted in place, in well-being, in entrepreneurship and in creativity. And it works.” More info >>
The book will be available for purchase ($15) at the WLA “Just Doing Stuff” Festival & Panel Discussion.
Once upon a time it was tempting to mock the idea of a ‘Transition town’ or even transition itself. Rob Hopkins is a truly original thinker who has not only given that concept meaning but has put it into practice in a way that now influences individuals and communities in many parts of the world. The essential proposition is not only that we have to adapt our way of life to meet the enormous environmental challenges that we face but that it is quite possible – and no less practically to the point – a stimulating and enjoyable process as well. If ever there was an idea whose time has come, this is it. Rob Hopkins’ book is a truly unique piece of work that anyone who cares about our future in this densely populated and threatened world should read. It offers original thought and clear analysis. It also combines realism and hope.”
—Jonathan Dimbleby, UK writer and broadcaster
Will Culver City residents be allowed to put veggies on the parkways abutting their homes?
Can property owners place benches and community library boxes on the parkways without getting fined?
In these economically challenging times, would a permit fee of $151.50 for installing drought tolerant perennials and succulents in one’s parkway promote or prevent people from removing their thirsty lawn strips?
How can our city ordinances support best-use of abundant residential parkway public land?
Support the Plastic Bag Ban in Culver City
WHEN: Monday, May 13th, 2013, 7 pm
WHERE: Culver City Hall , Council Chambers 9770 Culver Blvd. Culver City 90230
Let your voice be heard with our local governance!
This coming Monday night May 13th, staff will introduce the proposed Plastic Bag Ordinance to the Culver City Council to discuss and vote on. (READ THE ORDINANCE DETAILS HERE)
1) Introduction of an Ordinance banning single-use plastic carryout bags and requiring a minimum $0.10 per bag charge for single-use paper carryout bags; and 2) Adoption of Resolutions adopting an Addendum to the Los Angeles County Final Environmental Impact Report (FEIR), Mitigation Monitoring Program, and Statement of Overriding Considerations in accordance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).
If you live, work, play or shop in Culver City, please help us communicate the importance of reducing plastic bag use in our city by delivering your 3 minutes in person to the council, or by writing an email to the council to be read aloud in the chambers. When you come to City Hall chambers, fill out a speaker’s card—ask for assistance if its your first time.
THE PROPOSED PLASTIC BAG ORDINANCE >>
Read the article FIRST VOTE ON PLASTIC BAG ORDINANCE TO HAPPEN ON MAY 13
by Gary Walker in the 05/09/13 Culver City News >>
Here are some helpful talking points
From Heal the Bay >>
From Surfrider >>
What our community had to say about this issue back in 2010 >>
TCC’s Plastic Bag Think Tank Video >>
Council member Meghan Sahli-Wells’ Plastic Bag Report on 350.org >>
Where do many of those bags end up? Swirling around in one of the FIVE GYRES! >>
Get Ready for MISINFORMATION TACTICS from the Plastic Bag Industry >>
In Defense of Plastic Bag Bans (on GreenBiz blog) >>
“PLASTIC BAG WARS” article in Rolling Stone >>
Don’t think there’s a problem? THINK AGAIN.
TCC recently co-hosted a screening of a riveting documentary called TRASHED starring Jeremy Irons as the beleaguered narrator traveling around the world seeing how humanity has been dealing with its refuse. ONE OF THE BIG OFFENDERS is the seemingly innocuous single use plastic grocery bag… because plastic never really ever goes “away.” When it breaks down, the miniscule pieces of bag are mistaken for plankton and consumed by the bottom of the food chain, which then is consumed on up the food chain until it reaches us! Watch Jeremy age before your very eyes as the facts & stats unfold: TRAILER >>
We have a chance to make a difference here in Culver City if we can convince our council members that banning single use plastic bags by larger grocery store chains is a change mandated by the people. Will you stand up and speak out next Monday?
Transition Culver City is combining forces with other local democracy & environmental activists and West Los Angeles College to present an action-oriented seminar about fracking and the democratic process.
Saturday, March 23, 2013
Registration: 9:30 am
Seminar: 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
West Los Angeles College
9000 Overland Ave., Culver City 90230
Fine Arts Auditorium (FA 100)
FREE parking—South Parking Structure only
Enter on Albert Vera Drive [map]
Seeking ways to squeeze a yield from depleted oil fields, producers of natural gas and oil across the nation are using a controversial extraction method called hydraulic fracturing (aka “FRACKING”) which forces a mixture of water and various chemicals underground under very high pressure to access hidden pockets of oil and gas. Despite sketchy regulations, ambiguous safety reports and public outrage, corporate interests continue to drive the current fracking and drilling boom.
What does this have to do with Southern California?
The Inglewood Oil Fields which hunker on the hills above WLA College is the largest contiguous urban oil field in America and is bi-sected by the active Newport-Inglewood fault line. Despite protests from concerned citizens about various health and safety issues—from air quality & noise pollution to cracks in their foundations—the 2012 Baldwin Hills Fracking Study reveals that the field has already been fracked, and that the sentous shale deep underground is a good candidate for more of the same unless the people unite to find their voice. The LA Times ran this article about the study >>
Come learn about your community rights and how to successfully mobilize.
- Fracking & Democratic Process: Risks, Costs, Benefits
- • Learn about local oil/gas extraction and fracking (hydraulic fracturing) and who benefits.
- • Understand the health impacts and risks associated with fracking: are you at risk or paying the costs?
- • Understand your options and how to exercise your democratic muscle…use it or lose it! How to take effective action on important issues.
- • Create an action plan: sign up for direct action that will make a difference
Speakers & Agenda:
9:30 am — Coffee & Registration
10:00 am — Introductory Remarks
President Abu-Ghazaleh, plus WLAC faculty and student body representatives
The History and Terminology of Hydraulic Fracturing
C. Tom Williams, Ph.D., oil field specialist, Sierra Club CalFrac representative
— Urban Hazards of Oil Production in the L.A. Basin
Paul Ferrazzi, Executive Director, Citizens Coalition for a Safe Community
California: Don’t Be Pennsylvania!
Lance Simmens, Former Special Assistant for Intergovernmental Affairs to Ed Rendell, Former Governor of Pennsylvania
The Health Hazards of Fracking Chemicals
James Dahlgren, M.D., Envirotoxocology and Internal Medicine, UCLA Dept of Medicine
Culver City: Fracking City
Culver City Council Member Meghan Sahili-Wells
Proposal for a Ballot Initiative and Charter Amendment
Culver City Mayor Emeritus Gary Silbiger
12:15 pm — Q & A, Legislative Options
Stephen Murray, Baldwin Hills Oil Watch
12:30 pm — Closing Remarks
Prof. Olga Shewfelt, WLAC Professor of International Relations
12:45 pm — Adjourn for Action Planning Information
Transition Culver City teams up with Citizens Coalition for a Safe Community, Baldwin Hills Oil Watch, Make Culver City Safe, and our hosts at WLA College and their Work Environment Committee for this important awareness-raising forum and opportunity to learn about the democratic process.
Here’s the schedule with speakers all in one place: