Transition Norwich featured in ‘Age of Stupid’ sequel as it celebrates its first birthday
Transition Norwich held its First Birthday Party on Sunday 4th October 2009, where the new film 'In Transition' film, was screened for the first time in Norwich. Emma Goude's 50 minute documentary has input from Transition initiatives around the world. Norwich was the 50th, there are now 1600, with thousands of related intitiatives aimed at living well and sustainably. The film includes the unleashing of Transition Norwich at St Andrew's Hall last year, with interviews from several Norwich people,including Green City Councillors Rupert Read, and Ruth Makoff and County Councillor Chris Hull. 'In Transition' is the perfect sequel to 'The Age of Stupid'. It tells the story of the generation that looked peak oil and climate change square in the face, and responded with creativity, compassion and genius. http://transitionculture.org/in-transition/
Councillor Rupert Read responded to seeing himself unexpectedly in the film: 'The film was really good, as was the event, both with lots of Norwich people... – the wonderful turnout, both last year and now, shows that the Transition movement is clearly going strong in our fine city.'
Professor Tim O' Riordan, Sherriff of Norwich, expressed his support for the Transition movement, which he described as 'organic, helpful, exciting and fun, showing how we can live sustainably and enjoy life', while 22 year old Environmental Science student Kerry Lane said it was 'inspirational, giving me hope when I was giving up'
Journalist Ariane Heinz, 65 from Germany, visiting friends in Norwich said that 'The Transition (from oil dependence to local resilience against economic and environmental shocks) have a long way to go but it's the only way. In my home town of Cologne, we are gathering information to help each other reduce our energy use by 1% every 6 months'
Party goers enjoyed low-carbon and local drinks and snacks, and danced to live music from Tom Foxe, 6th Fret and the John Preston Tribute Band, all amplified by cycle power'.
More like a party than a protest' is how party organizer Charlotte Du Cann's described her first year of Transition, not just tonight's event. For founder member Tully Wakeman the year was 'an exciting journey of finding out how we should be doing things, with valuable views and contributions brought by lots of different people'
Transition Norwich aims to bring together the people of Norwich to design and implement a community response to peak oil (the imminent decline in world oil supplies) and climate change – two issues which fundamentally challenge our current way of life. http://www.transitionnorwich.org/