The Monmouth Transition Movement begins…

Lincroft, NJ – This Sunday’s edition of the long-running Social Action Film series at the Unitarian Meetinghouse in Lincroft will be different.

Not only is the group screening two films – Challenges and Solutions: Century of the Self (part 2) and In Transition 2.0 – it will also serve as an opportunity for people involved in the Transition Movement in the Monmouth County area – called the Greater Red Bank Transition Mullers – to get together and discuss their plans.

Haven’t heard of the Transition Movement or Mullers? You soon will, if these folks have their way about it.

Sarah Klepner, on the Social Action Film series committee, tells Asbury Pulp that the movement is taking hold in MonmouthCounty and looking to effect some change. A Transition Initiative, according to the local group’s Facebook page, is a community-led process “making us stronger and happier. It’s happening in well over 1,000 highly diverse communities across the world- from Australia to Portugal, from Brazil to Slovenia, from urban locations in Britain to islands off the coast of Canada, and in over 100 towns and cities in the U.S.”

These communities have started up projects in areas of food, transport, energy, education, housing, waste, arts, etc as small-scale responses to the global challenges of climate change, economic hardship, and shrinking supplies of cheap energy, they write. “Together, these small-scale responses make up something much bigger and help show the way forward for governments, business, and the rest of us.”

Launching a Transition Movement here in Monmouth County is a natural off-shoot of what the Social Action Film series has sought to do for over two years now. They hold monthly, free screenings at the Meetinghouse in order to promote social awareness. This month’s films are no exception.

Sunday, September 16 at 6 pm, is their first-ever double-feature (each film is an hour). The evening kicks off with part two of Century of the Self, which explores the roots and methods of consumerism and representative democracy. The foundation of this documentary is the idea that public relations and politicians have used the theories of Sigmund Freud to engineer a society of consent. 

In Transition 2.0 surveys the world-wide grassroots reaction to the effects of consumerism-namely, climate change and dwindling fossil fuel supplies-with efforts toward localizing food, energy and other human needs, as well as addressing the psychology of change.

Again, the screenings are free and open to the public, as is the conversation after the lights come up. Light refreshments served. The Unitarian Meetinghouse is located at 1475 W. Front Street, Lincroft. For more info call 732-284-6312 or email sarah.klepner@gmail.com.

You can find the Transition Movement Facebook page here, and more information about the movement globally here. Below is a trailer for In Transition 2.0:

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