The World’s first renewable island – when a community embraces wind power

RapidTransition.org story posted 4 February 2019. See lessons The Danish island of Samsø went from being entirely fossil fuel dependent to becoming the World’s first 100% renewable island, in under a decade. In 1997, the Danish Government launched a competition to develop a model renewable energy community, in order to prove that the country’s Kyoto climate target to reduce carbon emissions …

New Deal and the GND as Rapid Transition Stories

RapidTransition.org Story of change The New Deal and a Green New Deal – turning economic and environmental disasters into an opportunity for national, public renewal, posted on 11 February 2019. See lessons A proposal for a Green New Deal from the dynamic new Democratic representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has become a rallying point for progressive politics and climate solutions in the United …

Help describe how a rapid shift is possible. Tell a story of rapid transition!

Tell your story of rapid transition!  @rapidtransition.org Things change. It’s one thing we can rely on. But the climate is changing faster than we are. Now, In the face of potentially runaway climatic upheaval and corrosive inequality, we need change faster than anything governments are planning for.We want to learn from where, when and how things have changed very quickly. …

Rapid Transition: Turning the tide of water privatization – the rise of the new municipal movement

Story of change from RapidTransition.org. Posted on 28 January 2019. See lessons Turning the tide of water privatization – the rise of the new municipal movement People around the world are reclaiming their access to water as a basic human right, by seizing control of their water supplies from private companies. This matters because one of the biggest impacts of climate breakdown …

The power of community: How Cuba survived peak oil

By Megan Quinn, originally published by Permaculture Activist, February 25, 2006 Havana, Cuba — At the Organipónico de Alamar, a neighborhood agriculture project, a workers’ collective runs a large urban farm, a produce market and a restaurant. Hand tools and human labor replace oil-driven machinery. Worm cultivation and composting create productive soil. Drip irrigation conserves water, and the diverse, multi-hued produce provides the …

Green New Deal commanding attention among Democratic officeholders

George Lakey, Yes Magazine, on the GND and example of a rapid shift in 1965 That’s where nonviolent direct action campaigning comes in. Study groups and training workshops are now spontaneously forming around the country that explore this type of campaigning to overcome roadblocks erected by those in power invested in preserving the status quo. Both new and veteran activists …

Ending hunger, increasing health, farmer and citizen well-being was so easy…

Frances Moore Lappé posted Jan 29, 2019 “To search for solutions to hunger means to act within the principle that the status of a citizen surpasses that of a mere consumer.” CITY OF BELO HORIZONTE, BRAZIL This article from the YES! Media archives was originally published in the Spring 2009 issue of YES! Magazine. In writing Diet for a Small Planet, I …

Power of public banking: Renewables generated 41% of Germany’s electricity in 2017, up from just 6% in 2000; and public banks provided over 72% of the financing for this transition.

The Financial Secret Behind Germany’s Green Energy Revolution The “Green New Deal” endorsed by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D.-N.Y., and more than 40 other House members has been criticized as imposing a too-heavy burden on the rich and upper-middle-class taxpayers who will have to pay for it. However, taxing the rich is not what the Green New Deal resolution proposes. It says funding would …