Transition means changing the way we live in order to move towards a more sustainable, low-carbon, socially just future, which is more enriching for us and gentler on the earth.
What are we “transitioning” away from?
Any rational examination of global energy supplies, economic inequalities, diminishing levels of well-being and the climate chaos that is already hitting millions of people, tells us that our current way of living is unsustainable. We cannot continue with our high levels of carbon emissions, consumption and waste. We believe we need to start taking steps towards a change in the way we live, starting with small-scale local initiatives within our own communities.
What are we “transitioning” towards?
Transition Initiatives, community by community, are actively creating happier, fairer and stronger communities. It’s happening in well over a thousand highly diverse communities across the world – from towns in Australia to neighbourhoods in Portugal, from cities in Brazil to rural communities in Slovenia, from urban locations in Britain to islands off the coast of Canada.
These communities have started up projects in areas of food (setting up farmers’ markets and creating organic vegetable gardens by and for local people), transport (encouraging cycling, ‘reclaiming’ streets for the people who live on them), energy (from energy saving in the home to solar projects on community buildings), the local economy (setting up and supporting businesses that use local resources, employ local people and benefit the community), education, housing, waste, the arts and more. Together, these small-scale responses make up something much bigger, and help show the way forward for governments, business and the rest of us.
Lots of case studies of Transition Town projects can be found in ‘The Power of Just Doing Stuff – how local action can change the world” by Transition Town founder Rob Hopkins. More information, news, and resources at transitionnetwork.org