E.U. NEIGHBOURS’ DAY, COMPLEMENTS THE ‘TRANSITION TOWN’ MESSAGE – 3rd wk in May 2014

Unaccustomed as I am to public speaking, I was asked to say a few words to the community of neighbours living near Redmond Park, a well used tranquil public space in the heart of Wexford town, recently, to mark E.U. Neighbours’ Day. Good theme, but to me it is about much more than calling to see if a neighbour needs help or a chat. Looking out for neighbours is vital, of course and thanks to Senan O’Reilly, Wexford Tidy Towns Association and D’Lush Café in Wexford Arts Centre for all the help.

Neighbours’ Day began in Paris in the year 2000. It generally takes place on any Friday in May. The basic theme is to promote neighbourliness. However, working together in a neighbourhood, is a bulwark against the major challenges of peak oil and climate change. Strengthening local connections is a key step towards re-developing local economies and local self-reliance. Other steps on this path are all part of the transition to a society which can meet its needs without depending on fossil fuels.

Rob Hopkins,  while lecturing on sustainability in Kinsale, Co. Cork, coined the term, ‘transition towns’, to describe the steps towards ‘powering down’

Neighbours' Day in Wexford which also attracted some newly elected county councillors, who hopefully will help the area make the transition to fossil fuel free living.

Neighbours’ Day in Wexford which also attracted some newly elected county councillors, who hopefully will help the area make the transition to fossil fuel free living.

local energy consumption, while improving quality of life. Check out http://www.transitiontownkinsale.org. Rob now lives in Totnes, Devon, in England so another good website in http://www.transitiontowntotnes.org.

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