2009 Sep 20: Sunday in the park with Andrew

Transition town image from cover of Transition HandbookAndrew Knox will talk about Transition Towns.  Andrew is an Environmental Engineering PhD candidate.  He’s just back from Devon County, the birthplace of the Transition movement.

Transition Towns and Toronto:
From Oil Dependency to Urban Resilience
a presentation by Andrew Knox
Withrow Park, near the clubhouse
Sunday, 2009 September 20, 2 pm

We’ll have a light picnic in the park.  We’ll have a lemonade stand.  We’ll have a flip chart for perfesser Knox.

Transition Towns is now a globe-spanning movement that provides a framework for creatively developing local resilience as a solution to climate change and energy scarcity (peak oil). The first Transition Town (Transition Town Totnes, UK) began its work in 2006 and the Transition model has already been exported around the world, including to Dundas, Guelph, Peterborough, and Ottawa, Ontario.  Based on the principles of permaculture, Transition towns offer relief from the stressful, negative messages surrounding climate change and energy scarcity by focusing on co-operative, healthful, community based solutions.

Andrew Knox is a PhD candidate in the University of Toronto’s Chemical Environmental Engineering program, focusing on domestic energy efficiency and renewable energy.  He has recently returned from the UK where he worked as a renewable energy consultant for the Devon Association for Renewable Energy and was involved with Transition Town Totnes, the world’s first Transition Town.  His talk will focus on the innovative aspects of Transition Towns and what the Transition Movement could offer Toronto.

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