“To save the planet, we do not need miraculous technical breakthroughs, or vast amounts of capital. Essentially, we need a radical change in our thinking and behaviour” – Ted Trainer
Transition Towns are an emerging and evolving approach to community-level resiliency that is rapidly expanding around the world. Transition Town initiatives are based on four key assumptions:
- Life with dramatically lower energy consumption is inevitable, and it is better to plan for it than to be taken by surprise.
- Our towns and cities presently lack the resilience to weather the severe resource shortages that will accompany post-peak oil, climatic changes, and so on.
- We have to act collectively, and we have to act now.
- By unleashing the collective genius of those around us to creatively and proactively design our energy descent, we can build ways of living that are more connected and enriching.
The aim of these initiatives is largely, but not exclusively, to equip communities for the dual challenges of climate change and peak oil. Communities are encouraged to seek out ways to reduce energy usage as well as increase their own self-reliance, which vastly improves their resilience in the face of oncoming challenges.
Initiatives around the world so far have included everything from creating community gardens to grow local food; to business waste exchange, which seeks to match the waste of one industry with another industry that uses this waste; to even simply repairing old items rather than throwing them away. An important element of all these initiatives is the community focus, as well-developed localized networks make the transition easier and more fun!
To learn more about the Transition Network, check out their website