Group hosts event targeting low energy city

Vernon in Transition is inviting local citizens to think about how they can work together to become a more resilient, lower-energy community

Vernon in Transition is inviting local citizens to think about how they can work together to become a more resilient, lower-energy community.

The gathering will be held Oct. 4 at Trinity United Church, 3300 Alexis Park Dr., and everyone, including children, are welcome.

“Come share ideas about food, transportation, housing, the local economy, alternative energy, nature conservation, and other related interests,” said Bill Darnell, with Vernon in Transition.

Activities will start at 2 p.m. with an open space.

“This activity is designed to harness the creative power and capacities of large groups of people,” said Darnell. “During the open space session there will be an artist-led, children and young people’s workshop, which will create musical instruments and costumes from recycled items.”

Those attending will have the chance to present and listen to others with similar interests, added Darnell.

“If you don’t have a specific idea, come and listen and perhaps be inspired. It is not our intention to create new organizations, where groups already exist. Rather, we want to act as the glue between people and networks to increase our collective capacity to innovate, and adapt,” he said.  “Forming meaningful connections, both to each other, as well as to the place we live in, is essential in these changing times.”

Following the open space, there will be a celebration at 6 p.m. with a dinner featuring Vernon’s local harvest. A variety show displaying the talents of local musicians, dancers and storytellers will conclude the evening.

Vernon in Transition is the organizing group behind events such as the Repair Café and Handmade Holiday.

“We are part of an informal, global transition network. Our purpose is to encourage and support Greater Vernon becoming a more resilient, low-energy community with a healthy, vibrant, local culture and economy,” said Darnell. “We hope to draw people together who work on community issues in diverse ways, whether through business, the arts, government and/or through advocacy groups.”

Those planning to attend are asked to e-mail  Vernon in Transition at VernonInTransition@gmail.com. An optional donation at the door on a sliding scale up to $30 is suggested.