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San Diego family begins conservation movement to fight the drought

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - As San Diegans face unprecedented water restrictions one local grassroots effort is not interested in fighting the drought with water-shaming, but have made it their mission to teach people how to transition into a lifestyle of conservation.

The Edmonds are like mad scientists when it it comes to transition living. They plan to rip-out their drought tolerant landscape and turn their College area front yard into a 'community food forest.'

The transition movement allows neighbors to network with each other on how to save money, the environment, and build a sense of community.

Retired firefighter Jamie Edmonds is powered by conservation, and he uses a reverse osmosis water filter that is solar powered to pump water to his backyard garden.

"People are lazy and we pay premium for that convenience to be lazy. We have lost touch that we live in a desert," he said.

Jamie started a local "Transition Streets" group, and so far, seven households have joined in San Diego. Its part of a global grassroots group that started in the United Kingdom.

"Doing it in community with your neighbors so that you build that support system and you kind of encourage each other and help each other out," he said.

Building a community is crucial during California's drought. The methods start with transportation, energy and food, he said.

Jamie said the conservation with his neighbors can be the most enriching.

There are 500 households across the globe who joined the Transition Streets movement that the Edmonds began in January.

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