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!
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.
THE MOTIVATIONS OF THE TRANSITION MOVEMENT
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.
WHAT CAN WE DO?
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?
HOW CAN WE DO IT?
The method is based on an organization in working groups; for example on:
- Young people
- Local trade
- Healthy alimentation
In a lot of places in the world, it works; why not in Santa Coloma de Queralt?