“The goal is not to look to the government to pass laws,” said Dan Miner, a convener of the New York City Transition hub. “But rather what can neighbors do to support each other in making good lifestyle changes, and what are the ways community members can work together to start imagining a more positive outcome.”
Such are the tenets of the Transition movement, a community-minded non-profit activist organization founded in the UK 10 years ago but recently introduced in the US, with the Rockaways as the central neighborhood for the East Coast roll-out.
The movement aims to make cities more sustainable by taking a local, neighborhood-minded approach to cutting down on waste and emissions.
“A very big piece of Transition was cooked up by people thinking we all have to make our communities more sustainable and resilient,” Miner said. “If you wait for the government, it’s going to be too little too late, and individual responses alone aren’t enough. “
Miner, who worked for the Long Island City Partnership for nearly 15 years, is spearheading efforts to gain traction throughout NYC neighborhoods. He said that he had long been an environmental activist for years, but was only recently asked to join the network as it jumpstarted its North America extension.
“What do we have to do to work backwards to make sure we’re s sustainable as possible?” he asked. “We’re enhancing community connections at the same time. We’re making neighborhoods more resilient.”
The first Transition workshop will held on April 18 at Battalion Pentacostal Church, 454 Beach 67th Street, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.