Welcome to Columbia Resilience. We are part of the world-wide Transition movement. Transition is a world view- a new paradigm. Transition says that we are most secure when we are most resilient – and we are most resilient when our local communities are strong – with interconnecting webs of cooperation and good-will.
The 3000-mile Caesar salad, with romaine lettuce shipped from California, does not make sense in a world with shrinking resources. Neither does eating peaches and raspberries from Chile in the dead of our winter. As any military strategist will attest, long supply lines are bad.
We need a way of life that can be sustained for generations to come. The key concept is Relocalization – communities providing our own food, housing, transportation, education, sustainable energy, arts and recreation and doing it together. We will honor our elders who remember what a lower energy life is like. We will honor our youth by giving them a vision with skills and practical tools to create satisfying and meaningful lives. We will honor ourselves by awakening the creativity within each of us to a purpose worthy of our time and energy. Together we can create lives that are fulfilling, socially connected, and resilient.
Our vision is that every community in the United Stated has engaged its collective creativity to unleash an extraordinary and historic transition to a future beyond fossil fuels, a future that is vibrant, abundant, and resilient, one that is ultimately preferable to the present.