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Transition Rogers ParkStart a Transition Town Initiative in Your Community!

EJC co-founded the transition towns movement in Rogers Park in 2009 as a way to lower our ecological footprint, build resiliency through local solutions to today’s challenges of peak oil, climate change and the economy – and foster community relationships along the way!  Click here to read full article in (pages 24 and 25) and here to learn more about the Transition Towns Movement.

Transition Rogers Park, an initiative in one of Chicago’s most diverse neighborhoods, is built upon the foundation of the larger Transition Towns Movement.  We are working to create a community-led response to today’s challenges of energy, climate change and the economy through self-reliance, re-localization and relationships.   Here’s a taste of what we’re about:

  • Education – Through small group meetings, film series and community-wide events, we are raising awareness of the urgent need to move beyond fossil fuels.
  • Shared Skills – We created “The People’s College of Transition Skills” as a way to share resources and talents.  This fall we’re planning urban food forages and workshops on permaculture, food preservation, rooftop gardens and cold frames – all with home-grown talent!
  • Group Work – We’ve catalyzed groups based on people’s passion that create positive projects.  Our Gardening Group has brought together gardeners and social service organizations, through it’s Howard Street Gardens initiative, providing an opportunity to share knowledge and break down stereotypes.  A second garden is “in the works” and will be ready for planting next spring.  This fall, our Heart and Soul Group is planning a community building workshop and our Local Commerce Group will host a workshop on money.
  • Partnering with Others – We are participating in a community-wide initiative that will bring an urban farm and greenhouse to Rogers Park as an initial step in creating a local food system.  Partners include Loyola University, community-based organizations and the alderman’s office.
  • Celebration! – We take time to celebrate life and relationships through potlucks, song circles and other social gatherings.

We know that if we work together, not only can we lessen our impact, but we also can live more fully and justly.  Visit www.transitionrogerspark.org to get involved or contact prichart@ecojusticecollaborative.org to learn more!  We can help you get started in your own community by providing access to resources and insights to what we’ve done to foster community involvement and interest.

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