James Samuel & Finn Mackesy on the urgency of Transition Towns

Interviewed by

Tim Lynch

James Samuel & Finn Mackesy on the urgency of Transition Towns

In the current ambiguous and dangerous financial climate the term Transition Towns is seen as a sensible, intelligent alternative to the status quo, which in many ways is observed as keeping ones head down, doing nothing, and hoping that things will somehow get better.

The main cooperative pillars of the Transition Town movement include Permaculture organic gardens and Living Economies which are new community currencies such as green dollars and time banking.

Intrinsic to this is sustainability, the key theme, bringing out local resilience and initiatives to create community gardens, and cooperative ways to educate and do business.

With its introduction to NZ in 2007 it has rapidly grown to over 43 groups, being either small towns, boroughs, suburbs or neighbourhoods. Whilst around the globe, they are now established in Ireland, the United Kingdom, Australia, the United States to Italy and Chile.


From Waiheke Island I have James Samuel of www.yesterdaysfuture.net, who has been at the forefront of bringing Transition Towns to NZ and in Auckland, Finn Mackesy who is an educator, change agent at www.TransitionAotearoa.org.nz

For those who want to involve yourself in transition towns, please see www.transitiontowns.org.nz; or www.TransitionAotearoa.org.nz & www.le.org.nz

This is where you can obtain a template to work with.

I encourage you to send these links to all your friends wherever they may be, as well as listen to this particular broadcast on www.planetaudio.org.nz or www.holisticliving.co.nz

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Tim Lynch

Tim Lynch

Tim Lynch, is a New Zealander, who is fortunate in that he has whakapapa, or a bloodline that connects him to the Aotearoan Maori. He has been involved as an activist for over 40 years - within the ecological, educational, holistic, metaphysical, spiritual & nuclear free movements. He sees the urgency of the full spectrum challenges that are coming to meet us, and is putting his whole life into being an advocate for todays and tomorrows children. 'To Mobilise Consciousness.'