Sunday, 26 October 2008

986 - Transition Town?

Not so idly thinking, could Whitley Bay become a Transition Town?

What would it take? In the words of

It all starts off when a small collection of motivated individuals within a community come together with a shared concern: how can our community respond to the challenges, and opportunities, of Peak Oil and Climate Change?

They begin by forming an initiating group and then adopt the Transition Model (explained
here at length, and in bits here and here) with the intention of engaging a significant proportion of the people in their community to kick off a Transition Initiative.

A Transition Initiative is a community (lots of examples here) working together to look Peak Oil and Climate Change squarely in the eye and address this BIG question:

"for all those aspects of life that this community needs in order to sustain itself and thrive, how do we significantly increase resilience (to mitigate the effects of Peak Oil) and drastically reduce carbon emissions (to mitigate the effects of Climate Change)?"

Some facts and figures about the towns that have already committed to this project:

  • There are 101 already - 65 in England, 5 in Scotland, 6 in Wales, 1 in Northern Ireland, 1 in Ireland.
  • Other countries where you'll find transition towns include Australia, Italy, Japan, New Zealand and the USA.
  • UK towns include: Totnes, Brighton and Hove, Nottingham, West Kirby, York, Chepstow, Dunbar and Tynedale. All sizes, locations and local backgrounds. Loads more information on their websites.
  • These are bottom-up initiatives - they don't happen unless local people, like you and me, start them.

Anyone out there want to join me? I'm going to start asking questions...

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