Monday, September 12, 2011

Transition towns or transition network


There are so many evidences of the on-going climatic change that, at present, people who deny the climatic change are just a minority driven by dark interests and without any scientific base –like those who deny the Holocaust or the evolution of species. However, being aware that we are destroying our planet does not seem enough to change things, which is at least surprising. Somehow, it is as if we were expecting that someone finds a solution for us and (without spending too much money or changing our everyday routines) new renewable, non-pollutant sources of energy are discovered, leaving our planet clean from all our debris. 
Our problem is that the current energy and consumption model can last for many more years and the alternatives may arrive too late. These are not the words of a prophet of the doom, but just the way things are at present. Therefore, a change is needed from now on, even if it is only implemented locally (in other words, at home).
With this idea in mind, some hundred villages and towns worldwide carry out a social experiment on a massive scale: transition towns or transition network. The idea is quite simple: organizing networks of citizens who wish to provide a local response for the shortage of oil, being aware that the release of greenhouse gases triggers a climatic change. These transition towns are like thousands of small laboratories looking for self-sufficiency in terms of food and energy. Grassroots citizens cannot make up a hydrogen fuel cell or put an end to the excess of CO2 emissions nationwide, but we can do plenty of other things, such as eating products grown nearby (or even grow your own products), improve the re-use cycle and the recycling of our own residues, or advocate for the renewable energies at a smaller scale. And if these actions are carried out in small (or not so small) communities, the effects are multiplied and it is easier to make society aware of it. 
Some towns, neighbourhoods or villages join this network to share creative resources with the rest of transition towns. Little by little, with simple changes, we can make really good progress. Take a look at some examples of transition towns and their significance in the documentary film In transition 1.0. 
The end of oil may be a disaster, but it may also be a chance for a positive and even pleasant change.

Sources
Climatic change denial: 
World network of transition towns: http://www.transitionnetwork.org/
Post at Delivering data about eating local food:
Guide to turn your village or neighbourhood into a transition town (pdf document): http://www.transitionnetwork.org/sites/default/files/TransitionInitiativesPrimer%283%29.pdf
Documentary film In transition 1.0: http://transitionculture.org/in-transition/

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