Energy Descent Action Theatre is an arts-based community consultation happening on Sunday October 21st at Trinity St. Paul’s Centre, 427 Bloor St West, Toronto. In an atmosphere of fun and creative games, the “audience” will be guided through the creation of an Energy Descent Action Plan for Toronto.
While we all see gas and energy prices rising and know we need to limit our greenhouse gas emissions, there is no plan for how our communities will move into the post-carbon age. To fail to plan is to plan to fail, but there is nothing to answer questions like “How much more insulation will it take to make my gas bill affordable in 2030?”, “How will my children get to school without diesel buses in 2025?”, or “Where will my fruits and vegetables be grown in 2020?”
Transition Toronto, and the larger Transition Towns movement, understands that a post-carbon world is a localized world. Without abundant cheap fuel, the transportation fueling global trade will be scarce. It therefore makes sense to make these plans on and for the local level. These plans have been called Energy Descent Action Plans, and each community needs one as a plan B, an alternative to governments’ plans which ignore climate and assume that in future, energy will be as available as it has been in the past. Energy Descent can be a daunting topic, but with the fun atmosphere of a day at the theatre, Transition Toronto will keep the audience in a positive, creative mindset. Only with this attitude can we be sure that the best ideas for decreasing our communities’ fossil-fuel dependence while improving their residents’ quality of life can come to the fore. With plans for things like designing buildings for natural lighting, provision of healthful local food, and development of the local economy, we can have a brighter future not only in spite of using energy responsibly, but because we’ve designed our communities to use energy responsibly.
Transition Toronto invites you to join us in making history with the world’s first mega-city scale Energy Descent Action Plan. We also invite you to join us for cake, which will be served at the end of the show to celebrate our historic first step away from oil dependency and towards local resilience. RSVP at the Transition Toronto site here, on facebook here, on pre-purchase your ticket at Eventbrite here. Tickets are $12 at the door or $9.70 if purchased in advance through Eventbrite.