The Transition Network has received a wonderful award of $50,000 (£32,000) from Artists Project Earth (APE) generated from the sale of three Rhythms Del Mundo albums.
Through music and the arts, APE aims to achieve permanent reductions in greenhouse gas emissions to levels that minimise further degradation of ecological systems and human livelihood.
APE recruits internationally known musicians and artists through albums, concerts, art exhibitions and art related projects to raise awareness of climate change and funds for campaigns and disaster relief.”
The money for this award came from the sales of APE’s first three Rhythms Del Mundo albums.
As Sophy Banks (co-founder of Transition Training) summed it up when receiving the award, “We don’t have to wait for politicians to tell us what to do, we just have to get motivated into taking action. If, as communities we can transform our own systems of living so that they are vibrant, upbeat, and meet challenges head-on with compassion and goodwill, then we can seed a wave of cultural diversity and social justice that will ripple across the world.”
At the moment, society doesn’t have a positive, socially-based vision of the future, yet to get people engaged, they need vision and hope. The Transition Network offers that vision but we all have to get connected to make the change happen. “This is a historic window of opportunity to be the change we want to see in the world,” says Banks.
The Transiton Network will be using the money to fund a new position that will support transition by reaching people within ethnic and class strata that are often overlooked in social change movements that are underpinned by an ecological awareness. The aim will be to highlight the inextricable links between three crucial areas whose commonality is all too rarely acknowledged – environment, diversity and social justice.