- State of society and the world
Unfortunately, this is nothing new, our world is facing an increasingly worrying ecological emergency. This is giving rise to a growing political agitation that is not always very consistent, more often on the side of an ephemeral security construction rather than a perennial solidarity. What seems to be saved above all is a neo-liberal model and the possibilities of speculation it offers, even though it gives rise to deep social inequalities and excessive exploitation of the land. Citizens are invited to put themselves at the service of this model rather than take time to get out of it, even though aspirations are in the latter direction. This tension between personal aspirations and the obligation to sell one's time for senseless work gives rise to "burn-outs": human energy, exploited like that of the planet, prevents humans from acting to defend themselves, to implement a transition time.
- Economic and social barriers
Our socio-political system is, at the same time, particularly attentive to our situation (social security, right to unemployment, family allowances,...) and more and more caught up in the sirens of consumption as the ultimate economic support point. Our leaders, who are also our representatives, are regularly challenged in this representation by external pressures and this puts our solidarity in difficulty. The capitalist model locks in the impulses of transition when they are about to succeed. Our representative system does not allow for the citizen participation necessary for everyone's sense of responsibility. Citizens take refuge in their consumer habits, abandon their imagination and let speculative flows take away the transition.
- The necessary transformation
Given these difficulties, what does "transition" mean? It's about creating a passageway between one situation and another. It's a time for letting go of the existing to give birth to the new, to use resources differently, to rethink exchanges. It's a floating time during which we accept not knowing precisely where it's leading. To break down the barriers, such a time needs a space, a territory that can extend socio-economically, where the people who live there will have the feeling of acting, the ability to think about what's going on and to forge new tools for socio-economic exchange. The territory is undoubtedly the condition for accepting floating time. The territory provides signs of the transformation underway and encourages us to take a little extra time. A territory also enables us to create new narratives and open up our imaginations.
Naturia is a transformable territory. Based on the ideas of permaculture and a cooperative structure, we want to start a transition process with concrete support on a space composed of ponds, vegetation, paths and a hill. Plants, animals and people live there. We want to highlight this life and the interdependencies that are woven there, to intensify them to link us to other initiatives of the same kind and to highlight them to inspire more participative policies.