Two of the severest challenges facing humankind are Climate Change and ‘Peak Oil’. The former is well documented and very visible in the media. Peak Oil and the ideas concerning energy descent, however, remain under the radar for most people. Yet the era of ever declining fossil fuel availability, may well challenge the economic and social stability that is essential if we are to mitigate the threats posed by Climate Change.
“Transition” communities throughout the world have started up projects in areas of food, transport, energy, education, housing, waste, arts, health etc. as small-scale local responses to the global challenges of climate change, economic hardship and shrinking supplies of cheap energy. Together, these small-scale responses make up something much bigger, and help show the way forward for governments, business and the rest of us.
Really, it’s the opposite of us sitting in our armchairs complaining about what’s wrong, and instead, it’s about getting up and doing something constructive about it alongside our neighbours and fellow townsfolk. And people tell us that as a result of being involved in their local “transition initiative”, they’re happier, their community feels more robust and they have made a lot of new friends.
What would a low carbon society look like? How would it feed, house, clothe and power itself? Do we wait until it’s too late or do we lead by example?
We are holding regular meetings to enable people to find out more about the issues and contribute knowledge and ideas.
We hope as many people as possible will join us in making our city and surrounding area a low carbon, climate friendly community. A vibrant and happy place to live and work in.