On the Road Featuring Local Solutions
If you succeed at urban farming, if you make a community food sovereign, if you create a model of social justice and harmony and if it’s not everywhere else, then it doesn’t matter,” says one of the people behind Our School at Blair Grocery in New Orleans. “That’s why tourism volunteering is important…The challenges here are the same as they are in your countries.”
The inspiring video is just one of a series of stories collected by Camille and Charlotte on their multi-month adventure through the United States. The couple and their two children are travelling in a school bus that’s been converted into a mobile home. The family left Canada at the end of November and, along with the video about Blair Grocery alternative school, they’ve already posted stories about salt farmers, creating community from behind locked gates in Sarasota, and changing the future for marginalized communities in the Florida Keys.
I’ve never met Charlotte, but Camille was one of two inspiring animators at the Transition Group training weekend in Villeray in October 2012. The tall man pushed everyone’s buttons by wearing a dress on the second day. He then surprised us further by saying nothing about his decision, which would have been more understandable on a hot summer day. Instead, he just let us sit with our questions. He knows how to make you think.
And that’s what the family is doing with their blog about their adventures to successful Transition projects in the United States too. How does your community match the ones they’re focussing on? Who is standing up for marginalized communities here? How can we change directions? How can we do more together?
Subscribe to their adventures at http://transitionbus.org/en/.
About the Author
Tracey Arial helps Canadians grow with notable nonfiction and urban agriculture.