"System change is now inevitable. Either because we do something about it, or because we will be hit by climate change. '...

"We need to develop economic models that are fit for purpose. The current economic frameworks, the ones that dominate our governments, these frameworks... the current economic frameworks, the neoclassical, the market frameworks, can deal with small changes. It can tell you the difference, if a sock company puts up the price of socks, what the demand for socks will be. It cannot tell you about the sorts of system level changes we are talking about here. We would not use an understanding of laminar flow in fluid dynamics to understand turbulent flow. So why is it we are using marginal economics, small incremental change economics, to understand system level changes?"

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Transition Town Austin

Hello, Central Texas! (Is this thang on?) Howdy y'all!

Now don't get me wrong. I like the people who have been showing up at the early meetings of Transition Town Austin. But it's not enough.

We need to see a critical mass of upbeat, creative and technically adept folks. Valuable as local production is, the transition to a post-fossil-fuel world isn't just about turnip farming.

That special Austin energy is just the kick in the butt that the Transition movement needs.
Let's see if we can't make it happen.

A great opportunity to kick off a bright green approach to Austin's future happens next week at a reorganization meeting for Transition Austin.

I made y'all a little web page to make the case. Go have a look.

Check out the recent coverage of the transition movement in the NYTimes magazine. And please come join the meetup on the evening of Tuesday the 12th.


As far as I can tell, the excellent logo appears in only one undistinguished place on the net: www.green-e.org/news/Green-eNewsSummer2007.html The anonymous artist deserves better.

1 comment:

tedesson said...

Things are changing in Washington DC.

http://cbo.gov/
Big chart right on the front page, showing temperature forecast to 2100, minimum increase of 2.5 degrees.

http://cbo.gov/doc.cfm?index=10107
Average Global Temperatures, Relative to 1981-2000 Average