Transition US – People and Communities Taking Action

Organization: Transition US: Engaging People and Communities
Author: Carolyne Stayton

The Transition movement represents one of the most promising ways of engaging people and communities to take the far-reaching actions that are required to mitigate the effects of peak oil, climate change and the economic crisis. These re-localization efforts are designed to result in a life that is more fulfilling, more socially connected and more equitable than the one we have today.

The Transition model is based on a loose set of real world principles and practices that have been built up over time through experimentation and observation of communities as they drive forward to reduce carbon emissions and build community resilience.

Underpinning the model is a recognition of the following.

  • Peak oil, climate change and the economic crisis require urgent action.
  • Adaptation to a world with less oil is inevitable.
  • It is better to plan and be prepared than to be taken by surprise.
  • Industrial society has lost the resilience to be able to cope with shocks to its systems.
  • We have to act together, and we have to act now.
  • We must negotiate our way down from the “peak” using all our skill, ingenuity and intelligence.
  • Using our creativity and cooperation to unleash the collective genius within our local communities will lead to a more abundant, connected and healthier future for all.

The Transition Movement believes that is up to us in our local communities to step into a leadership position on this situation. We need to start working now to mitigate the interrelated effects of peak oil, climate change, and the economic crisis, before it is too late. Together we can make a difference.

You can get involved today by joining your local Transition Initiative or starting a new initiative by hosting a Training for Transition event in your own community.

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