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What’s Transition?

… IS A COMMUNITY-LED RESPONSE to the pressures of climate change, rapidly increasing population, fossil-fuel depletion, and economic contraction.

There are thousands of such “Transition Initiatives” around the world (towns, villages, universities, etc.) starting their journey to answer this crucial question:

“for all those aspects of life that this community needs in order to sustain itself and thrive, how do we significantly rebuild resilience (to mitigate the effects of Peak Oil and Economic Contraction) and drastically reduce carbon emissions (to mitigate the effects of Climate Change)?”

ELEMENTS OF THE TRANSITION

  • Building resilience

Resilience is the capacity of a system to absorb disturbance and reorganize while undergoing change, so as to still retain essentially the same function, structure, identity, and feedbacks.

  • Enhancing community

Our ability to survive and tribe during the changes brought on by Peak Oil and Climate Change will be greatly augmented by our connections to our community. Sharing, skills, resources, ideas, and inspiration, and supporting each other during times of challenge is the essence of community.

  • Reskilling

Acquiring and re-acquiring the skills we will need to manage the energy transition we face.

  • Promoting local, sustainable farming

Buying our food directly from local farmers, farmers markets, farm stands, Community Supported Agriculture (CSAs) or other subscription systems, etc., can lead to new relationships and healthier and better tasting food. As important is protecting farmland and supporting local farmers through conservation efforts.

  • Supporting locally-owned and locally-generated renewable energy

A locally owned renewable energy facility can generate economic benefits to a community that are as much as 56 percent higher than facilities owned by absentee companies. Increased local income encourages spending on local goods and services. Similarly, when locally owned businesses spend money in the community for things like payroll, member dividends, operations, and supplies. Those dollars have a multiplier effect because they are re-circulated within the community several times.

  • Creating an Energy Descent Action Plan

An Energy Descent Action Plan (EDAP) is a local plan for dealing with Peak Oil. It goes will beyond issues of energy supply, to look at across-the-board creative adaptation in the realms of health, education, economy, and more. An EDAP is a way to think ahead, to plan in an integrated, multidisciplinary way, to provide direction to local government, decision-makers, groups, and individuals with an interest in making the place they live into a vibrant community in a Post Carbon era.

The following 50-minute video will take you into greater depth about the growing international Transition movement.