Have You Heard About Transition Towns?
read The Plea at the end)
There’s a new environmental/ relocalization/ community building
movement that’s gaining momentum across the country.
It seeks to help communities make positive responses to the
massive and mandatory lifestyle changes that will be necessary in the
wake of peak oil and climate change.
(Peak oil, the point at which world oil production goes into
irreversible decline, is thought either to have happened recently or
expected to happen within the next five years or so.)
Known as Transition Towns, the movement is based on the question:
"For all those aspects of
life that our 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)?" When
a few people in a community begin to see the importance of addressing
this question, the Transition Towns movement offers clearly articulated
ways to organize, initiatives to adopt, and support aplenty, all at transitiontowns.org.
So far the greatest number of Transition Towns are in the
Indeed, my experience with my local Transition
Colorado and Transition Denver groups bears out Heinberg’s
comment, as these people love to get together, either in person for
outreach events and monthly potlucks, or virtually, through social
networking online. They,
like many practical peacemakers, understand that from here on out,
we’d better figure things out together, because each of us
individually owning everything we need, driving our own cars everywhere,
and not knowing our neighbors won’t work in the post-peak oil future.
At the current early stage of Transition development, nearly
everyone who attends events seems to be an activist, or at least
knowledgeable in a particular field.
Collectively the group functions as a city-wide coalition of
green specialists you can call on regarding issues you care about but
don’t have time to research.
In addition to the social aspect, Transition initiatives involve food
(e.g. growing veggies in your yard, farmer’s markets), transport
(could include bicycling, car sharing), household energy (maybe form a
neighborhood “insulation club” to share ideas, learn about
alternative energy), reuse and repair (such as offering “how-to”
workshops in repairing household items), and local economy (barter for
goods and services).
The Plea: Transition
events tend to be veg-friendly, but there is definitely a need for more
involvement by vegetarians/vegans in the Transition movement.
We’re needed to speak up about the environmental destruction
and inefficiency of livestock agriculture, and the impact of meat-centered
diets on national health care expense.
Check it out!