One approach to dealing with the looming crises of peak oil and climate change that has become increasingly popular in the last couple of years is the idea of a “transition network” of so-called “transition towns.” Basically, rather than assigning blame or despairing about the state of the world, the Transition movement eschews the traditional doom-and-gloom of the environmental movement in favor of a constructive approach.
The BBC program “One Planet” recently paid a visit to a key figure in the Transition movement, Rob Hopkins, author of The Transition Handbook: From oil dependency to local resilience, to get a feel for what it’s all about.
You asked Mike to investigate transition towns - so we’ve sent him to one. This week he’s in Totnes in the south of England to meet a key figure in the transition movement, Rob Hopkins. Over 250 towns have now joined the network, and they’re popping up around the world, from Chile to New Zealand. If you’ve never heard of transition towns, don’t worry, Rob will explain all, but in a nutshell their goal is to focus attention on sustainable living and local economic resilience.