Transition towns: “A vibrant movement of towns and cities that utilize local cooperation and interdependence to shrink their ecological footprints. Transition Initiatives are communities that produce their own goods and services, curb the need for transportation and take other measures to prepare for a post-oil future. While Transition shares certain principles with greenness and sustainability, it is a deeper vision concerned with re-imagining our future in a self-sufficient way and building resiliency.” (from TED profiles)
Communities who have adopted the Transition ideas and created their own unique projects are diverse, large and small – like Portland OR and Portland Maine, and our geographic neighbors like Northampton, MA, Montpelier, VT. Putney, VT is the closest to us. But all over our region many other communities are at the beginning stages of an initiative.
The first step is to start talking and listening. We audit our strengths and resources: the people, the organizations who are already interested or doing work with this focus.
The second step is visioning: to come up with some strong project ideas and form working committees to research and plan for a specific project or goal.
The third step is to form project-orientated groups for research, planning and implementation.
Why use Transition Towns as a model? We save time and energy by tapping into the experiences of those who have already built a community of activists; we utilize their guideposts. We can use the Transition Handbook, the many websites and networks of communities focused on building resilience. Transition is a social experiment on a massive scale.
You can see Transit Towns founder Rob Hopkins speak at TED
More info about the movement, the model and projects from around the world at:
Greenwich is an ideal community for this – the fact that we are small, surrounded by agricultural land, with a walkable village and downtown, and many residents who are already motivated to strengthen community and sustainability – we have advantages and opportunities where we may often see challenges.