02/07/2012

Another life is possible

Transition is a socio-environmental movement, whose main interest is the application of a responsible, supportive and sustainable lifestyle, its dissemination and development of its resilience for the future. From issues such as peak oil, climate change and the global food crisis, he encourages any community to seek ways to reduce energy use and increase their own self-sufficiency.

The concept of ‘transition’ emerged from an assigment that permacultor Rob Hopkins performed with students of the vocational training center in Kinsale, Ireland. One of his students, Louise Rooney, developped the design concept and its application to human communities. Afterwards, she submitted her proposal to the council, which decided to turn Kinsale into the first Transition Town.

The initiative was expanded and adapted in 2006 by Hopkins himself to his people, in Totnes, England. It spread rapidly and, in September 2008, hundreds of towns and cities in the UK, Ireland, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, United States, Italy and Chile were officially recognized as transitional communities. Today, many other places from Brazil, Mexico, Japan, South Africa, Poland, Portugal, Spain or Germany have joined, and while the project was directed at first to small towns, communities currently involve villages and districts as Kinsale as Penwith to Brixton or municipalities as cities like Nottingham, with several hundred thousand people.

Satish Kumar, editor of Resurgence magazine and strong advocate of the idea that respect for nature should be at the center of any social or political discussion, explains in this video the more philosophical side of the movement.

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El Hierro es la isla española más alejada de España —Imagen Unknown Author
La isla también ha sido destino privilegiado y preferido por muchos para practicar el buceo y el senderismo en un ambiente casi solitario. Para otros era casi desconocida, pero las recientes erupciones submarinas de uno de los volcanes que rodean a la isla, y sobre todo las informaciones algo tremendistas de los medios de comunicación, la han puesto en el mapa. También han hecho que el turismo casi selectivo del que disfrutaban los herreños descienda de forma considerable. Para recuperar lo perdido y dinamizar la economía de El Hierro, el Ministerio español de Industria, Energía y Turismo y el Cabildo de la isla han puesto en marcha un Programa de Actuaciones Especiales (PAE), cuya primera iniciativa ha sido la de dotar a la isla de una red Wi-Fi pública y gratuita. Se han colocado 26 puntos de conexión al aire libre, respetando el entorno natural, y aprovechando infraestructuras ya disponibles, porque casi todo el territorio es espacio protegido, Reserva de la Biosfera. Además, según las autoridades, esta red permitirá también realizar tareas de videovigilancia en los bosques, lo que podría evitar incendios. Este acceso Wi-Fi podría ser una simple curiosidad, si no fuera porque sólo es el primer paso para convertir a El Hierro en un ejemplo de sostenibilidad: es decir, conseguir un desarrollo económico sin ayuda exterior y sin la merma de los recursos existentes. En última instancia, el principal objetivo es atraer a visitantes, sí, pero aquellos que busquen un turismo sostenible, que disfruten del medio y lo respeten. Un turismo que es el principal motor económico del territorio, y que, a partir de ahora, por qué no, será ecológico, tecnológico, geológico y volcánico.El Hierro, the island farthest from the Iberian Peninsula and the smallest of the Canary Islands, is a quiet place. Only the wind disturbs some peace that reigns in this land. For that wind, El Hierro is a leader in the renewable energy sector thanks to Hydroeolic Park, infrastructure that will provide the energy demanded for the entire population in 2015. The main problem with renewables today is that its energy can not be stored. This park combines the power of wind and water, so that if the energy provided by its five powerful turbines decreased by lack of wind, the two large reservoirs that complete the installation solved the problem. The energy produced by this plant also can feed in the near future for electric cars, wich the government of the island wants to be the only running on their roads. This energy self-sufficiency can be the first step of an exportable model. El-Hierro-isla
El Hierro is the most remote Spanish island in Spain—Image Unknown Author
The island has also been privileged destination and preferred by many for diving and hiking in an almost solitary. For others it was almost unknown, but recent submarine eruptions of one of the volcanoes that surround the island, and especially something alarmists information media, have put it on the map. They have also made the most selective tourism enjoyed by the islanders down considerably. To recoup their losses and boost the economy of El Hierro, the Spanish Ministry of Industry, Energy and Tourism and the Chapter of the island have launched a Special Actions Program, whose first initiative has been to provide the island with a free and public Wi-Fi network. It has been placed 26 connection points outdoors, respecting the natural environment, and using infrastructure already available, because most of the territory is protected area, Biosphere Reserve. Moreover, according to the authorities, this network will also carry out surveillance in the woods, which could prevent fires. This Wi-Fi could be just a curiosity, but is the first step to turn El Hierro in an example of sustainability: that is, achieving economic development without outside help and without the loss of existing resources. The main goal is to attract tourists, but those looking for sustainable tourism, benefiting the environment and respect it. Tourism is the main economic engine of the country, and from now will be ecological, technological, geological and volcanic." 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Made by Temujin Doran, it is based on the work of political philosopher and professor of European Thought at the London School of Economics John Gray, specially on his book 'Straw Dogs: Thoughts on Humans and Other Animals', published in 2002, which is a clear attack to humanism and anthropocentrism, views, according to the author, which are rooted in religious ideology. Gray sees will as an illusion, describes humanity as a ravenous and devastating kind that kills other life and destroys their natural environment, and proposes to revise the concepts of progress, human condition and human nature." 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No se ocupa de cómo nos extinguimos, simplemente ya no estamos y todo queda tal cual lo dejamos, sin catástrofes ni acontecimientos traumáticos de ningún tipo. Los televisores permanecen encendidos, funcionan los relojes, las tiendas están llenas de cosas… pero no hay humanos y las cosas empiezan a cambiar rápidamente. 'La vida sin nosotros' es un documental realizado por el equipo de History Channel en el año 2009, en el que se predice qué ocurriría en el futuro si ya no estuviésemos en el planeta, basado en hipótesis de científicos especializados en diferentes áreas como ingeniería, botánica, arqueología, geología o climatología.This is not the story about how humans we could disappear, but rather what would happen on Earth after our demise. It does not deal how we extinguish, simply we are not anymore and all leave it as it is, with no evidence of traumatic events or disasters of any kind. The televisions are on, the clocks work, the shops are full of things... but there are not humans and things start to change quickly. 'Life after people' is a documentary made by the History Channel team in 2009 in which is predicted what would happen in the future if we were no longer on the planet, based on hypotheses of scientists specializing in different fields like engineering, botany, archeology, geology or climatology." 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En este extracto de la serie nos habla con una pasión contagiosa de la primera fotografía de la Tierra que se tomó desde el espacio exterior, mientras la nave Voyager 2 abandonaba el sistema solar, y de la lección de humildad que supone darse cuenta de que toda la historia de la Humanidad, con sus alegrías y sus miserias, ha tenido lugar en 'ese punto azul pálido'.Carl Sagan was an American astronomer, astrophysicist, cosmologist, writer and scientist. He became a popular figure for his science books and, above all, for the television documental series 'Cosmos: a Personal Journey', which he narrated and co-wrote. Here, we can enjoy an excerpt of the series, in which he talks, with a contagious passion, about the first picture of the Earth taken from the outer space, while the Voyager 2 leaved the Solar System, and the humbling experience it is to realize that the whole history of humanity, with its joys and miseries, has taken place in 'that pale blue dot'. 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