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A BIG GREEN CELEBRATION


enderson Hall was buzzing with activity at the Abbots Transition Group‘s first public


event. About 200 people attended the event on Saturday 5 March, where 17 local groups held stalls showcasing their activities and offerings. These included Abbots Langley Community Centre, the local History Society, Churches Together, Bedmond WI and the local police. In planning this launch event we knew of


course that the groups would be busy raising awareness of what they each do in the community, though witnessing their combined energy on the day was something I found quite overwhelming! Perhaps above all else it demonstrated how much we need each other – how we enjoy helping, sharing and supporting one another and the sheer joy of human interaction. In our very busy lives it is hardly surprising


that we often forget the pleasure of simply celebrating our community. In our attempts to meet the demands of an ever escalating pace of life such things get forced out and it is very easy to feel that our global systems which give rise to our large supermarkets provide us welcome convenience and the ability to obtain those things we need without having to engage in too much ―time consuming‖ social interaction.


The ―Transition Movement‖ recognises that


there exists a substantial thirst to rediscover our community, to learn from the isolation that global, oil hungry systems have brought to us and to build more sustainable, re-localised systems that reconnect us to our community, the planet on which we depend and ourselves. I hope that the energy from this event will


propel us forward into exploring specific schemes that may work to make Abbots Langley a more sustainable and less fossil fuel dependent community. For more information about the Abbots


Langley Transition Town Association visit www.altta.org.uk or contact Ian Bond on 01923 291273.


By Ian Bond


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