Although the day started off with strong winds and a hefty downpour, the Xplorio Team’s spirits were not dampened in the slightest.
Greyton Transition Town is a community-based initiative that aims to turn Greyton into a resilient town during uncertain times. Together the community hopes to create local solutions to global challenges, such as climate change, peak oil, energy shocks and escalating prices in food and oil.
A group of locals got together in 2011 to address some of these problems and since then have tried to inspire the community to move away from oil dependency and high-carbon living and rather push toward a resilient, sustainable village.
In this effort the community has begun creating vegetable gardens, installing renewable energy, retrofitting houses with good insulation and educating the youth in environmental and humane education.
There are several projects already underway. Some of these include the Clean Green Greyton Projects that focuses on renewable energy and waste management. The Incredible Edible Greyton project is a weekly event that is held outside Via's Deli every Wednesday between 10:00 and 12:00. People can either purchase or swap what they have for organic, fresh fruit and veggies, eggs, honey, and other produce. Recently the farmers' co-operative of Genadendal are supplying produce without pesticides or herbicides. Enquiries can be directed to Nicky Vernon on 082 558 7752.
Then there is a reforestation project, environmental education programme, a community building programme and sports facilities. These issues are brought to attention through films and presentations held within the community. Through all these collective efforts Greyton Transition Town is now a flagship project for the Western Cape 110% Green Initiative, which was established by Premier Helen Zille.
With clear visions as to where the community would like Greyton to be by 2030, the future looks promising for this charming, green village in the Overberg. If this Greyton Transition Town has inspired you in any way you can contact Marshall Rinquest on 073 486 1965 if you would like to learn more about the volunteer options. Spend time with a village that cares.