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Local solutions to global problems

During 2009, I volunteered with the Copenhagen movement. Although I met a lot of passionate and effective people, I had an eye-opening experience. I believe politicians aren't working toward sustainable solutions because such sweeping changes aren't seen as electable and because as people, they don't know what sustainable society will look like because we haven't envisioned or built it yet. I think the solution is far more local.

A year ago I attended What is Plan C, a grassroots conference on the converging effects of climate change and rising oil prices. Perhaps you were there. After a year, I have integrated the effects of this powerful conference and I want to do something.

All over the world, communities are taking matters into their own hands and designing solutions. Are you interested in seeing a citizen-led initiative to an Energy Descent Action Plan? Do you want to see a Transition Town Halifax come to life and have a say in our post-carbon future? Contact me at, and we'll see what the next steps are. —Jen Stotland, Halifax

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