Transition Initiatives/Transition Towns
The Transition Town Movement
The Transition Movement is comprised of vibrant, grassroots community initiatives that seek to build community resilience in the face of such challenges as peak oil, climate change and the economic crisis. Transition Initiatives differentiate themselves from other sustainability and "environmental" groups by seeking to mitigate these converging global crises by engaging their communities in home-grown, citizen-led education, action, and multi-stakeholder planning to increase local self reliance and resilience.
Adapted from http://transitiontowns.org
A Transition Initiative is a community working together to look Peak Oil and Climate Change and economic crises squarely in the eye and address this BIG question:
For all those aspects of life that this community needs in order to sustain itself and thrive, how do we significantly increase resilience (to mitigate the effects of Peak Oil) and drastically reduce carbon emissions (to mitigate the effects of Climate Change)?
This results in a coordinated range of projects across all these areas of life that strive to rebuild the resilience we've lost as a result of cheap oil and reduce the community's carbon emissions drastically.
What we are convinced of is this:
· If we wait for the governments, it'll be too little, too late.
· If we act as individuals, it'll be too little.
· But if we act as communities, it might just be enough, just in time.
"The salient fact about life in the decades ahead is that it will become increasingly local and smaller in scale. It will do so steadily and by degrees as the amount of available cheap energy decreases and the global contest for it becomes more intense. The scale of all human enterprises will contract with the energy supply. We will be compelled by the circumstances of the LONG EMERGENCY to conduct the activities of daily life on a smaller scale, whether we like it or not, and the only intelligent course of action is to prepare for it."
James Howard Kunstler: The Long Emergency (2005)