Why do I participate in the transition garden?
Gardening has been an important part of my personal motivation to do something positive for and on this planet rather than just talk about it all the time.
Gardening fulfills many functions for me : it allows me to grow my own vegetable and become less dependent on agro-industrial food production, which causes huge damage to the ecosystems. It allows me to be in close contact with nature and animals. It opens up a magical world, full of discoveries and wonder, which has a very positive effect on my mental balance and my well-being.
Doing the garden as a community project is a revelation too as it makes me realise that communal projects have a different power to working individually, just for yourself. They reactivate what I think is an almost genetical need to be part of a group of people who have a similar motivation to live a more harmless life.
What does the transition movement mean to me?
The worldwide transition movement seems a perfect vehicle to do this as it encourages concrete action rather than theory, respects everyone, encourages inclusive participation and provides a credible and down-to-earth alternative to a materialistic way of life that is clearly not sustainable. Transition to a system that doesn’t overuse and destroy the earth’s beauty and resources is a necessity that can’t be avoided. We might as well start now.