Life in resilient communities is a life fully embraced! That was one of the major take-aways after hearing the LIFT presentations on Oct 19.
The first speaker, Naomi Fleschhut, the Roberts Creek Resilient Communities Coordinator, addressed a full house of enthusiastic listeners. She emphasized through research and personal experience that connecting people neighbourhood by neighbourhood is a positive first step in healing our planet.
She ended by inviting the audience to apply for grants for projects. The deadline is the end of October. The applications are available here.
The next presenter was Shani Graham, raised in Gibsons and now living in Western Australia with her partner, Tim Darby.
Tim provided practical details to their shared vision and accomplishments during Shani’s informative and inspiring talk called “Ecoburbia; A Housing Cooperative and Urban Farm Run by Benevolent Dictatorship”.
She and her husband Tim shared two concepts possible for sustainable individual and community living.
The first concept was a “row housing” idea where fences and walls between properties are removed and neighbours share resources, space for gardens, gathering areas, playground, and farm animal space, for example.
The second idea was having one building on a property originally meant for four, and expanding that house for single people and couples of all ages to live together.
Bulk product buying, sharing car and tools, meal preparation, and co-operative garden work reduces the carbon footprint in communities. Shani referred to Naomi’s message of community building as it related to both community and individual resiliency for the long term.
You can watch Shani’s presentation here.
Many thanks to Leonie Croy for hosting “Living a Resilient Life”. Leonie has been actively facilitating Sunshine Coast in Transition workshops on the Sunshine Coast for the past several years.
Her work and those of the presenters transform our understanding of how we can embrace change and offer solutions for the betterment of the world by starting at the local level.
November LIFT event theme is Writing Your Life: the Art of Making Connections