Many of us feel that the writing is on the wall: The burgeoning world population, coupled with the twin crises of global warming and dwindling fossil fuels, which need to be obtained from harder-to-extract places at ever-greater environmental cost, point to the need for a change to a more sustainable way of living. That entails both relying on renewable, less environmentally harmful energy sources and a more frugal, less materialistic lifestyle. Among the various grassroots groups that have sprouted up to promote this agenda is the Transition Movement, which started in Great Britain and has now spread to 34 countries.
Ulster County boosts five Transition communities: the fruit of a team of committed Transition members who trained at Lifebridge, based in Rosendale, last June. Various events tied to green living are planned for Kingston, New Paltz, Marbletown, Woodstock and Saugerties, one of which is a synchronized film-showing on Groundhog Day, February 2.