This month’s Transition Ferndale meeting will be 7:00 pm Wednesday, October 15 at the Ferndale Library, 222 East Nine Mile Road, Ferndale, Michigan.

I’m sorry for the late announcement. It is certainly preferable to give people at least a week’s notice, and preferably two weeks’ notice. It’s been a busy month, and this meeting slipped up on me.

It will be less than three weeks to Election Day, so it would not be surprising if many people have some sort of political activity in mind. Transition Ferndale is not a political group. We won’t be pushing any candidates or ballot issues. As an organization we are more interested in changing the society locally and outside of the electoral process.

This month’s topic for consideration is “Deep Green Resistance” (DGR). It sounds powerful and dramatic and … deep. If you’re concerned about global warming and peak oil and a failing economy (and these three issues pretty well define the Transition movement), then the ieea of a deep green resistance sounds pretty appealling. Maybe we have some natural allies here.

Now, I personally do not think that’s the case. It’s not just that the Transition movement focuses on local actions, not national or international ones. It’s not just that that we try to include everyone in a non-political way, whereas DGR is more political and oppositional. It’s not even that we are basically non-violent whereas DGR is maybe not so much non-violent, depending on your definition of non-violence.

No, it’s mostly that the Transition movement focuses on how we can organize in a positive and adaptive fashion, with local resources, to create a resilient community. DGR, no matter how much it agrees with our starting premises, goes off in a different direction. We’ll see just how different.

We’ll be showing a video, a 2014 presentation from DGR, called “The False Solutions of Green Energy.”  It lasts just over an hour, which should leave us a fair amount of time to discuss their approach. It’s pretty clear, from what I’ve said above, that I do not agree with it, although I do agree with many of the criticisms they have of business as usual in our society.

As always, the meeting is free and open to the public. We’ll have some light refreshments available.

Art Myatt

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