Show 148 – Transition Guelph – working together to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels

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How do we change the way we manage our vital resources such as energy, food, water, waste, transportation, and collaboration?


As a person who was raised on canned soup and canned meat, practically, how do we make the transition from dependence on fossil fuels to interconnectedness with nature and our communities?


What do we need to respond and adapt to seasonal and economic changes?


Learn what a typical family can do and it’s easier and more fun than you think!


Mary-Kate Gilbertson, former Outreach Coordinator from Transition Guelph and mom of 3 young children joins us this morning.

From their website, Transition Guelph is an organization that promotes processes for strengthening community resilience and building sustainability. These processes are uniquely designed by each community based on their local needs and resources. Our goal is to create a richer, more vibrant community through the re-localization of all the services and resources that we need to survive and thrive in a world of depleting fossil fuels, global warming, and increasing instability in the world economy. We encourage our citizenry to become involved and empowered, to offer their own ideas and insights, and pitch in to help create a viable and sustainable future for ourselves, our children, and our children’s children.


Chris Greene, Founder and Facilitator and Dad joins us from the Guelph Outdoor School.

From their website, The Guelph Outdoor School seeks to promote a rich understanding and love for the land and waters of Guelph.  It is their humble aspiration to support young people in their journeys towards being whole persons: courageous, self-assured, self-aware, creative, caring and viscerally alive.  They are stewards of the land and of their communities.


Learn about key practices to live in more sustainable ways:

  • getting kids involved and connecting to where our food and resources come from
  • re-skilling
  • connecting with our neighbours so we know each other
  • mapping so we see what we know and don’t know (and how that sparks our natural curiosity and creativity)


Important LINKS:


Transition Guelph

The Guelph Outdoor School


The Guelph Resilience Festival March 22 – 29, 2014

Coyote’s Guide to Connecting To Nature

Family Matter’s radio show #102 about nature connection and mentoring with Jean-Claude Catry with more links and information

Minga Skill Building Hub for growing your own food in the space that you have


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Broadcasted: Sunday February 2, 2014 1100-1200 Eastern Time on CFRU 93.3 FM, Guelph, Ontario, Canada


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