ENERGY DESCENT ACTION PLANS (EDAPs) are an emerging and dynamic ingredient of Transition. There are excellent peak oil plans and climate change strategies being developed around the world, but an EDAP emerges from a community, and is as much about story-telling and visioning as planning.
An EDAP is a community Plan B, a drawing together of the visioning and backcasting work done up to that point, focusing on how Transition could happen. It pulls together initiatives and puts them in the wider context of planning for the relocalization of the settlement. But what is it? Is it a step-by-step plan with stated outcomes? A vision document? A story of how a powered-down future would be? Or a rewriting of council policies, showing how enlightened leadership would promote Transition?
…The Transition in Action: An Energy Descent Action Plan produced by Totnes, England, in June 2010 is the most substantial so far. This emerged from community visioning workshops and other activities, and offered a credible vision of Totnes in 2030. It began with an oral history of Totnes in the 1950s and explained the role of storytelling, before presenting a detailed timeline for the de-carbonzation and localization of food, energy, housing, education, and much more. It also contained two detailed pieces of research, “Can Totnes and District Feed Itself?” and an energy budget for the area. Reviewing the Totnes EDAP in i4 magazine, Michele Colussi wrote:
“…it seems to be more of a vision–a remarkably explicit, exciting, and community-based vision that tells us exactly what is to come about, but now how or by whom. Ultimately, the document acts like more of an Energy Descent Invitation than a Plan. It entices other communities to have a go at the process for themselves.”