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The Towns are Taking Over

In the battle to reverse our society’s effect on the planet’s climate, large governments and organizations are proving to be too slow to change course than most citizens would like. People looking for quick action are taking responsibility into their own hands and working within their own communities where red tape isn’t a barrier to change. Rob Hopkins, author of The Transition Handbook: From oil dependency to local resilience, is at the center of this new movement for organized, localized change. He was recently quoted in a story on CNN.com. From the article:
“Within the oil crisis and climate change there is the opportunity for an economic, social and cultural renaissance the likes of which we have never seen before,” says environmentalist and perma-culture designer Rob Hopkins. “If only we can just unleash all the creativity and genius around us, rather than just lurching from crisis to crisis.” […] The movement was founded in Totnes, Devon, and Kinsale, Ireland, in 2005 and 2006, with the aim of helping those communities prepare for the twin challenges of peak oil output and climate change. Since then it’s spread across the United Kingdom and to towns across the world. There are now 60 other projects already in action, and nearly 700 others considering getting involved. There is even a Transition storyline on the popular BBC radio soap opera, “The Archers.” Fundamentally, it’s a grassroots initiative, and Hopkins believes that the move to an oil-free society is about community and individuals more than industry and government.
While this has been a movement primarily located in the UK, it is spreading to the US. Boulder, Colorado and Sandpoint, Idaho are two of the first US towns to become indepedently-acting “transition towns.” These towns design and follow a plan for transitioning to a sustainable society. For the full CNN article, click here. And for more information about spearheading the Transistion Town movement in your town, visit the Transition Towns Wiki.


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