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A Call to Action: The 350 Home & Garden Challenge

We’re proud to partner with and support the efforts of Transition U.S. by encouraging you, our readers, to take part in the 350 Home & Garden Challenge this May.

Please take a moment to learn more about this incredible weekend of community action and earth stewardship, and then sign up to be an organizer where you live.

On a single weekend, May 14th & 15th, thousands of landscapes and homes will be transformed, retrofitted and revitalized as part of the 350 Home & Garden Challenge. Thousands of us will take to the streets, the garden, schoolyard, home, apartment and city hall to take actions big and small. We will grow food, conserve water, save energy and build community. Amidst a dizzying array of crises and mounting despair, together we will bring the hope of transition and show what we are capable of with our heads, hearts and hands aligned in action. It’s time for action, rooted in a shared vision and voice.Transition US is committed to enabling action-oriented programs at the national level.  The 350 Home and Garden Challenge is just such an opportunity. Inspired by the the amazing work done in Sonoma County, CA last May where over 600 gardens were planted, we have decided to make this available to Transition communities across the US this May 14th & 15th. In coordination with our friends in Sonoma County we are going to help make it as easy as possible for YOU to bring this incredible challenge to your community. One of the reasons Transition US was founded is because we recognize the power of the collective. This is the perfect opportunity for Transition communities across the country to come together on a single weekend and show their solidarity. Organizing a 350 Home & Garden Challenge in your town (or city, village, county, parish, island) not only helps raise awareness and continue to build local resiliency, it offers an opportunity for your citizens to be a part of something much larger. So what exactly is the 350 Home & Garden Challenge? You as an Individual in your community identify a specific project in one of the four challenge areas: Food, Water, Energy and Community or volunteer on a community project — either way, we challenge you to get involved and make a difference. All we ask is that you register your project so we can show the world just how powerful we are as a movement. >> Download the 350 Challenge Overview(PDF) to learn more, and feel free to share it with your friends. Sign-up as a Community Organizer.  What we learned last year is that success at the community level really was due to the efforts of an organizing team.  With this in mind we are creating a “toolkit” to help these organizing teams be successful.  This is another path to participation and we are looking for one person from each Transition community to sign up as a Community Organizer.  This doesn’t mean you have to do it yourself (what fun would that be?).  We just need one person from each Transition community to be a key point of contact. Once you sign up you will gain access to a comprehensive toolkit that will walk you through all the things you need to know to make this as success.  These tools come straight from the folks in Sonoma County who, in 15 short weeks, made giant strides in forging everlasting partnerships with local governments, businesses, non-profits, and thousands of citizens.  Transition US will be hosting dozens of open conference calls between now and May 14th to help guide you and connect you with other organizers across the country.  Please send us an email if you have any questions otherwise click the link below and sign up as an organizer today. >> Community Organizer Sign-up here
To learn more about the Transition Movement, check out Rob Hopkins’ book, The Transition Handbook, in our bookstore now.

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