“If we wait for the governments, it’ll be too little, too late; if we act as individuals, it’ll be too little; but if we act as communities, it might just be enough, just in time.” Transition Movement
I am currently taking an excellent MOOC from Cornell University through edX: Reclaiming Broken Places: Introduction to Civic Ecology and as part of the assignments, we need to explore, research and either get involved or start a project ourselves in our own communities.
I’ve thought about many I would like to start…time and energy are always a constrain, and I’m already involved in many.
But from all the projects I would like to see happening, there are three that (in my humble opinion) are priority:
A really great initiative from US (Washington state) that I would LOVE to have implemented in Surrey and beyond…I need support with this. I have the skills and experience (I am officially a First Aid and Emergency Preparedness trainer for the Canadian Red Cross and provide monthly workshops for diverse groups in communities all around Lower Mainland (under the CRC program called Smart Start); I also offer low-cost First Aid certification for registered non-profit groups/organizations. I am also a permaculturist and member of a Transition Initiative group what means that I incorporate long-term and whole-systems thinking to my EP workshops…I am also completing a certificate on Emergency Management at the BC Justice Institute and recently graduated with distinction from the online Disaster Preparedness course from the University of Pittsburgh.
I want to see this going beyond the institutional: I want our communities to be truly resilient…interested in supporting my cause? Read this article on what MYN is and let me know how you can help!
With an increasing crime rate and concern about safety in Surrey and Delta (this happens where I work), there is a need for us citizens and neighbours to step up and decide how do we want to live our lives…more police and fear won’t solve the issues…this “fixing” mentality has not worked in other communities and it won’t work for Surrey either: we need to dig deeper and see the roots of societal collapse…and we need to fight crime, isolation and fear with community, positive impact and realistic communal approach.
BTW, the MOOC I’m taking is still open for those who want to participate: https://www.edx.org/course/reclaiming-broken-places-introduction-cornellx-envsci1500x and their Facebook page is: https://www.facebook.com/groups/583738625103665/
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