The lipdub has been created by a group of students of 4th and it has been recorded by a "non professional" student.
All the students of the class participated, some dancing and others acting.
The lipdup is divided in three parts.
At the beggining, we can see some people in a house. There they show us how to save energy, water and which way of transport we should use to move through the town.
The second part takes place in an orchard. There we found some peasants dancing. They work together to grow up the vegetables. If the vegetables grow up without any problems, we will be able to have a healthy diet.
Finally, in the last part, the action happens in the street.
It is a normal day in the town, the cleaning machine is picking up the rubbish in the streets when suddenly some young people appear in the street and start to sweep up. We don't have to waste oil! Then in a bakery, a student bought some bread and she didn't want the plastic bag because she already had a clothes one.
And the performance finishes in the playground of the high school with all the students in the shape of the 3 Ts: The Transition Towns.

We took lots of hours to rehearse our lipdub, but finally it was done. And-although it moves- it is fantastic!!
Finally the date arrived. 14th April is the official start of the initiative although the students in Joan Segura i Valls and the steering group have been working for some months on the topic so that it becomes a reality.

More than 150 people attended last Saturday afternoon the presentation of “Santa Coloma en transició” in the Castle Castell dels Comptes of our village.

At the beginning the students of 4th ESO of the Joan Segura i Valls high school explain their work during the last months related to transition towns. After Antoni Rius explains the fundamentals of the initiative and several proposals for actions in our village. As he said, the main goal is changing our way to do things, moving to a way of life less oil and resources dependent, and promoting local production and distribution. At the end there were some questions and comments from the audience, and it could be seen that people are very interested and they are motivated for participating.
The exhibition was moved to the castle for the day of the presentation so that the people could visit before and after the event.

We decided to organize an exhibition to make people of our village consciuous of some easy changes we must do to save energy. It was very important to start with young people, so we set it up in the schools and also in the castle for all the people in the village so far. We took the sustainable ideas of the signs of the exhibition from a book called Petites idees per garantir un gran futur” edited by CAD and Generalitat de Catalunya. They got about 22 ideas and wrote them in English and Catalan and also looked for a picture to illustrate it. In the art class, they created the signs in stuck them on cardboards.
In the primary school and in the first years of ESO, the students had to read all the signs, choose five and write them down. Then, the younger students and the organizers from 4th ESO have a small debate.

We have invented and written short stories for children related to transition topics and we have done a workshop in the primary school with students of 5th and 6th. There were six workshops: five different stories that you can read in the tab called  Transtition Tales and an exhibition, all them distributed in 6 spaces. In each one there were the young organizers and a little group of children who went round enjoying all the transition activities. It is not the first time we do an activity like this in this school and the teachers decided to repeat the experience because the students were very interested. Moreover, the primary school Cor de Roure has the label of a green school and this transition activity was very good for its identity.

-        Hi Rob, I'm Laia Casellas, I'm 15 and I live in Santa Coloma
-        Hello I'm Nuria Castillo I'm 15 and I live in Santa Coloma
-        Hello I'm Mònica Cortés I'm 15 and I live in a little village next to Santa Coloma.
-         Now, Laia, Nuria and me would like to ask you some questions about transition towns:
-         Hello, I'm Rob, I'm 43 and I live in Totnes
-         Why did you decided to make your town to a transition one?
-         Because I was worried about climate change and I was worried about oil dependency and we need cheap oil to do everything; and if tomorrow or next month there isn't oil or is very expensive, there isn’t  anything else to do. There isn't any modern idea; so the idea was to try to make this place more prepared for that time and to make that an exciting fun adventure for everybody. So everybody started working together with this purpose and we experimented that it could success.
-         What goals did you propose?
-         To make our own food and eat more local food. And to grow more food we need an area we live. To make more our energy and to make money circulate more times in the community, to support our conveniences, local shops and to help young people have different skills and to drive less for things. We need to use less energy, less oil for our everyday life and at the same time to build and use a stronger economy here.
-         What was the first action you did?
-         We had some events. We did some talks and showed some films and we try to form people about climate change and peak oil because if you go to the street and you ask people about peak oil they don't understand. So the first important thing is to bring some information to people and educate them. But in a way it feels inviting and exciting. You don't just say ”here is a really bad problem…”,  you give people something they can do about it.
-         Which results did you get?
-         That was years ago and now Transition Town Totnes is five years old, There are thousands of Transition initiatives around the world that have been inspired by what we have done here. We now have a strong community here. We have our currency, called Totnes pound. Lots of people come to visit here to find out what we do. It's been a great impact.
-         Which goals are you achieving now?
-         In the next years we want to set up lots of new enterprises and businesses here in the town. We are trying to set up a transition enterprise centre in the middle of the town. There are many big plans for the next 3 years here which are exciting and positive.
-         Thank you very much for your attention and time.

3. TIME BANKING  starting in December 2011 in Institut Joan Segura i Valls, Parc de Nadal and Facebook

Time Banking is a type of bank where you offer and recieve time (it's like the money but with time). During the time –usually 1 hour-, you teach what you compromised when you signed up in the bank exchange such as dance lessons, help with the homework...At the end of this time period, the person who has received whatever (help with homework, gardening lesson,...) will pay you with time notes the amount of time that you have spent with him or her. Then you will be able to exchange these notes receiving an hour of an activity you you are interested in learning through the time banking. For example you can speak English and you would like to learn dancing. Then, you sing up in the Time Banking offering English conversation and look for somebody who offers dancing lessons. If you find somebody, you shoud contact him or her, and when you receive the dancing lessons, you pay him or her with a time note. He or she will be able to use the note to receive another skill. And this is how it works: simple, easy and cheap!
In the English class we have created a corner to hang articles from newspapers and magazines related to transitioning, to get consciousness about our topic.


This is a summary of the talk held in Santa Coloma in 20th November by Antoni Rius with the collaboration of Laia Caselles, Núria Castillo and Mònica Cortés.

1. Peak oil
Oil is a product created by the earth, that has take a lot of years to be created. The oil has permitted humans to develop during the last century. The oil hasn’t got a “substitute”. The problem is that, since a few years ago, the quantity of oil that society needs is bigger than the quantity of oil discovered in new wells. Because of this every year we have less oil.
The oil has got a lot of applications; actually the world can’t live without oil. The evidence is that since we found oil, the consumption started to grow but one day the production of this oil will start to go down and finally the oil will disappear.

2. Climate change
Climate has always changed  for natural reasons. But since 19th century human activities have a great impact on the earth. Greenhouse effect is a process due to the absorption by the earth of part of the solar energy that arrives in the earth. This is caused by a layer in the atmosphere formed by the called greenhouse gases. Energy arriving to earth is reflected to atmosphere and re-emitted by the molecules of greenhouse gases as shown in the next figure:

Figure from the wikipedia commons

With pollution produced by human activities, this layer of greenhouse gases is becoming bigger and bigger and absorbs and re-emits radiation.  In consequence, the temperature of the earth is growing up.
3. People's way of life

The daily life of people has changed a lot along 20th century. It has increased their hope of life and our way of life has improved, but every time we need more energy. We need the energy to do a lot of activities in our daily lives. Increasing the energy consumption also increases the impact on the earth.


The project consists of the participation of the community. But, how people of the village can contribute with this Project?
We think that a possible methodology is the method “and if…?” This method means that all of us have to think about what we can do to have a best village or a village that we would like to have. We need to provide ideas; for example:
-         And if we go by bike?
-         And if we work in our vegetable garden?
-         And if we consume local products?
-         And if we exploit the resources of the forests?
-         And if we share the cars to go to a place?


The method is based on an organization in working groups; for example on:
-         Energy
-         Economy
-         Waste
-         Young people
-         Local trade
-         Transport
-         Community
-         Orchards
-         Education
-         Tradition
-         Health
-         Healthy alimentation
In a lot of places in the world, it works; why not in Santa Coloma de Queralt?

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