In times of great uncertainty one needs to find an anchor and hope. In the spring of 2009, just coming up to the age of 60, I went to a Be The Change Symposium in search of hope and solutions. I wanted to help make a difference in the world but what I was already doing didn’t feel like any where near enough. Within weeks of this incredibly inspiring event I did a Permaculture Intro course, which “just happened” to cross my path, via a close friend. This gave me so much hope and a means of being able to step into the next phase of my life.
Eight months later I did a “Building Sustainable Communities” Permaculture Design Course with Brighton Permaculture Trust and this led me to the discovery of the Transition Movement. To my astonishment, I found out that our town was actually a Transition Town so I joined immediately and have never looked back.
I am now in my fourth year as a Permaculture Design Apprentice and Transition Worthing has given me a rich source of projects and a medium through which I can connect to like minded souls who, together, create a never ending flow of possibilities!! Our latest projects are a sustainable local food hub and also a local energy co-op – all very exciting stuff and I know they will make a huge difference to our town and environment. Once up and running, we hope to be able to mentor others to do the same.
Transition gives me community, structure, resources, connection, access to information and people from all walks of life and allows me to “be the change that I wish to see in the world” – to be effective, useful and for that I am extremely grateful. Thank you everyone who has been and will be part of my journey.
Pauline Cory, Transition Town Worthing.