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Natural Awakenings Westchester / Putnam / Dutchess New York

New York’s First Official Transition Initiative is Westchester

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Westchester has again established itself at the forefront of New York’s sustainable living movement with the official recognition of Transition Westchester—now part of a worldwide, community-based response to the growing challenges of economic instability, energy resource depletion and climate change. Transition Westchester is the 106th official Transition Initiative in the United States and the first in the state of New York.     

The Transition Town movement, started in the United Kingdom in 2005 by permaculture designer Rob Hopkins, “represents one of the most promising ways of engaging people in strengthening their communities against the effects of these challenges, resulting in a life that is more abundant, fulfilling, equitable and socially connected,” says John Bell of Transition Westchester.   

“The goal of Transition initiatives is to encourage residents from all parts of the community to work together in a positive, practical process that is flexible and fun, encourages local creativity and cooperation, and results in a stronger, more cohesive community,” Bell says. Transition Westchester works to help communities in Westchester County strengthen community resilience and vitality. Its monthly events are open to the public.

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