Calling All Transition Initiatives, groups and individuals

Free_Press_by_CheshireBatHappy new year everyone. The first ‘proper’ edition of the Transition Free Press is fast approaching publication and we need YOU to support us. That’s all those Transition Initiatives, related groups and individuals out there.

The editorial team, contributors, business and distribution departments have been working full-on over the past few months (did we just go through Solstice 2012 and Christmas?), commissioning, writing, collating, interviewing, proofing, editing, picture researching and making connections with the Transition network (small ‘n’) preparing this unique paper for its release on February 1st.

We have now almost covered the cost of printing and postage. But we’re still nowhere near being able to pay contributors and the core team producing the paper.

Why do we need another printed paper in the world? Because the issue you will hold in your hands and read from cover to cover on the train, the bus, the sofa or the toilet, contains reports and stories you just won’t find anywhere else in print media. Stories, from the dedicated transition groups and individuals working towards the energy-leaner future that  for some is already making its presence felt.

This is the paper where you see you’re not alone in making those vital steps towards a more collaborative, less destructive way of life. Read the latest on the gift economy, food and austerity, how communities are standing their ground against fracking and facing land rights issues. Discover what climate change scientists are really saying about carbon levels in the atmosphere and find out how to get local with food growing  and production. We’ll even be introducing an agony column for those times when we all feel lost in transition.

The Transition Free Press is written by transitioners from the UK to Japan to Europe and the Americas. It can be read by everyone everywhere. Because although we might live in different worlds, we share one planet. And that planet is changing, fast.
Mark Watson, TFP Distribution

If you are a transition initiative or community group who would like to distribute a bundle of Transition Free Press papers, see details here.

Or support us on the Buzzbnk crowdfunding platform, here

Read the Preview Issue here.

Transition Free Press – the change is in your heart, head and hands

Image by ~CheshireBat  (Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 License.)

About Mark Watson

I am a wild and homegrown plant lover and writer based on the Suffolk coast, England. I've been reconnecting and working with plants since the late 90's and call myself a ‘plant person’. I love how inclusive and open this description and first heard it years ago in Arizona where I spent a lot of time getting to know the local plants. Anyone can connect with plants, we’ve been co-existing with them for ever on the planet. It’s a question of attention. Paying this attention to plants seems to me an urgent task now in the face of climate change, fossil fuel depletion and widespread social and cultural disconnect from the earth. So I teach people how to connect with plants and places, often through talks, walks, teas and drinks, and in a way that's fun, simple and practical. I've led medicine plant walks at Dark Mountain’s Uncivilisation festival, and given herbal tea demos at Transition Town Tooting’s famous Foodivals. My teapot is never far away. I’m particularly, though not exclusively, drawn to native, medicinal wild plants and I have a fondness for members of the mint and sunflower families and plants from Mexico. I work a LOT with Ribwort Plantain, Lemon Balm, Rosemary and Anise Hyssop. As part of Sustainable Bungay in Suffolk, UK, I have curated a Plant Medicine bed in the local Community Library garden, drawing attention to just how multi-faceted plants are. In conjunction with the bed I organised and hosted a whole series of monthly ‘Plants for Life’ talks, walks and workshops with guest speakers on everything from hedgerow medicine to growing organic and biodynamic herbs, from book readings on the dreaming of plants to ‘medicinal’ winemaking and ‘walking with weeds’. In 2015 I will return there for the theme of Helpful Herbs, culinary and medicinal. I am available for talks, walks, workshops and travelling teapots and charge according to a sliding scale – I charge more if you’ve got more, less if you have less.
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