In response to the twin pressures of declining oil supplies and Climate Change, pioneering communities (in the UK and overseas) are working to adapt to the fundamental lifestyle shift that is approaching. These communities have become known as Transition Towns – indicating a transition away from reliance on fossil fuel energy and towards a sustainable way of life.
Examples of solutions adopted by Transition Towns include community gardens, eco-housing, car shares, farmers’ markets, local currencies, re-skilling, and recycling campaigns. Many of these have been found to have multiple advantages such as saving money and better social cohesion. However there are no right or wrong answers, rather the community tailors ideas to suit the local area.
The thinking behind transition initiatives is not new, but the focus is. It is no longer about how we can save the planet, but how we can save ourselves.
Founder of the Transition Movement Rob Hopkins speaks about transition.