The Transition Movement

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  • I detect a certain degree of fatalism in your plan, perhaps a sense of defeat and a grim feeling of 'picking up the pieces', along with an acceptance of some degree of destruction. This is a flaw in your model, as it smacks of a victim mentality. I think that rather, you need to embrace everything, including those with whom you disagree, and have faith that 'transition' can indeed happen without destruction of anything. It also seems to me that you have no real faith in humanity, and your collective resounds with 'us vs. them'. So in a sense you are empowering the very divisions that you seek to abolish.
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  • Great insight into the growing need for 'developed' communities and cultures to become aware of the limitations of fossil fuel energy sources we presently depend on, and of local actions to change.
    Positive inspiration for us all to get involved with adaptating our ways of living to use less energy and creating alternative ways of producing energy locally to power more sustainable livelihoods. Introducing the idea that innovations, communication and community action are all helping to drive changes in policy that promote increased use of current sunlight, wind, water, geothermal energy and permaculture methods to support our lives and maintain our livelihoods into the future. Liz
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The Transition Movement

  1. 1. www.eco-labs.org The Transition Movement based on the ideas of Rob Hopkins - Four Assumptions & Six Principles of Transition -
  2. 2. www.eco-labs.org “...the peaking of world oil production presents the US and the world with an unprecedented risk management problem. As peaking is approached, liquid fuel prices and price volatility will increase dramatically, and without timely mitigation, the economic, social and political costs will be unprecedented. Viable mitigation options exist on both the supply and demand sides, but to have substantial impact, they must be initiated more than a decade in advance of peaking. ” The Hirsch Report 2005 The Transition movement is based on the assumption that we are approaching the end of the age of cheap oil, and that climate change & peak oil are twin challenges that must be addressed simultaneously.
  3. 3. www.eco-labs.org Can you imagine Brixton beyond Oil? Climate Change is happening. Peak Oil is imminent. Our world is changing. Will we design that change or suffer the consequences of our inability to act? RISING TO THE CHALLENGE Transition Town Brixton is a community-led initiative, to engage all sectors of the community in designing our local pathway from oil dependency to a better low energy, low carbon future. Our aims are: STORY SO FAR ONWARDS We will continue raising awareness, visioning and research- ing future possibilities. We plan to actively involve more groups to vision and plan towards creating the Brixton courses for a more localised, low energy lifestyle. We will To see what is happening elsewhere visit: www.transitiontowns.org www.transitionculture.org T: 07958 635181 E: info@transitiontownbrixton.org www.transitiontownbrixton.org PROGRAMME OF EVENTS TRANSITION TOWN BRIXTON Rethink, Reconnect & Relocalise. PEAK OIL & CLIMATE CHANGE: Climate change is happening already & will continue. We must cut emissions drastically to avoid tipping into runaway warming and climate instability. We need a zero-carbon future. The solution to these twin challenges is the same... ... re-localization & energy descent. Transition Town Brixton is hosting an exploration into how money and our globalised economy works (or doesn’t) and how localisa- tion could work. Key speakers in the morning, with discussion and hands-on exercises, some local trading at lunchtime, Open Space workshops in the afternoon to explore how we can build a more resilient localised economy with production, distribution, local cur- rencies and trading systems. Why is local important? And what’s in it for locals? How can we make it work here? - Join the TTB Busi- ness & Economy group: info@transitiontownbrixton.org TTB acknowledges the support of Lambeth Council & nef (The New Economics Foundation) TTB is working with locals at the Guiness Trust Estaste to encourage food growing & map potential growing spaces in Brixton. It is a focus for Permaculture education. This is a ‘growth area’. Contact TTB to get involved. Abundance An Urban Agriculture Project TTB in partnership with UCL & Urbanbuzz WWW.TRANSITIONTOWNBRIXTON.ORG info@transitiontownbrixton.org THE TRANSITION HANDBOOK From oil dependency to local resilience by Rob Hopkins available from us or from Brixton Whole Foods Transition Town Initiatives 1. Totnes, England 2. Penwith, England 3. Kinsale, Ireland 4. Ivybridge, England 5. Falmouth, England 6. Moretonhampstead, England 7. Lewes, England 8. Stroud, England 9. Ashburton, England 10. Ottery St. Mary, England 11. Bristol, England 12. Brixton, England *** 13. Forest Row, England 14. Mayfield, England 15. Glastonbury, England 16. Lostwithiel, England 17. Forest of Dean, England 18. Nottingham, England 19. Wrington, England 20. Brighton&Hove, England 21. Portobello, Scotland 22. Market Harborough, England 23. Sunshine Coast, Australia 24. West Kirby, England 25. Llandeilo, Wales 26. Bro Ddyfi, Wales 27. Whitstable, England 28. Marsden & Slaithwaite, England 29. Frome, England 30. Brampton, England 31. Isle of Wight, England 32. Waiheke Island, New Zealand 33. Orewa, New Zealand 34. Dunbar, Scotland 35. Rhayader, Wales 36. Seaton, England 37. Bath, England 38. Exeter, England 39. Isle of Man 40. Canterbury, England 41. Kapiti District, New Zealand 42. Carbon Neutral Biggar 43. Presteigne 44. Wolverton 45. Leicester 46. Holywood 47. Westcliff-on-Sea 48. Isles of Scilly 49. Liverpool South 50. Norwich 51. Tring 52. Crediton 53. Boulder, CO, USA 54. North Howe 55. Lampeter 56. South Petherton 57. Armidale, NSW 58. Chichester 59. Bell, VIC 60. Bellingen, NSW 61. Berkhamsted 62. Forres 63. Sandpoint, ID, USA 64. Opotiki Coast, New Zealand 65. Newcastle, NSW 66. Chepstow 67. Coventry 68. Bungay 69. Nelson 70. Hervey Bay, QLD 71. Mersea Island 72. Maidenhead 73. Ladock & Grampound Road 74. Leek 75. Horsham .... over 100 as of Nov.2008
  4. 4. www.eco-labs.org 1. Energy Descent Peak oil & climate change: UseofFossilFuels 0 500 1000 1500 2000 2500 2100 WE ARE HERE
  5. 5. www.eco-labs.org Measuring our personal carbon footprint is one of the first things we do.
  6. 6. www.eco-labs.org 2. Resilience to Energy Shocks ‘Climate change says we should change, whereas peak oil says we will be forced to change’.
  7. 7. www.eco-labs.org 3. Collective Action The Transition approach attempts to engage entire communities in the process of change. New methods such as citizens juries or panels, round tables, visioning, charettes and new ‘consensus conferences’ have become necessary, and they arise from the realisation that environmental values are not preformed, but rather that they emerge out of debate.
  8. 8. www.eco-labs.org 4. Genius of Groups before start awareness raising working groups formed The Great Unleashing Local Energy Descent Plan Town Council
  9. 9. www.eco-labs.org
  10. 10. Despite the big changes ahead, the Transition Movement holds that the move towards localized energy efficient living could make a world that is better than our own. www.eco-labs.org 6 Principles of Transition 1. Visioning 2. Inclusion 3. Awareness Raising 4. Resilience 5. Psychological Insights 6. Appropriate Scaled Solutions
  11. 11. www.eco-labs.org 1. Visioning Central to the Transition approach is the idea we can only pro-actively move towards something if we can imagine it. The movement works with visioning scenarios (adaptation / evolution / collapse) to come to terms with factors driving change. Rapid Depletion Slow Depletion Techno-fix Burn-outCollapse Lean Econom y Reactive Response Proactive Response
  12. 12. www.eco-labs.org 6 5 4 3 2 1 0 -1 EnergyandResourceUse-EcologicalFootprint(measuredinnumberofEarthsrequiredtosustainsystem) Historical Past Now Possible Futures 1900 1950 2000 2050 2100 pre-industrial sustainable culture sustainable One Planet LivingTM industrialascent energyandresourceclimax-NOW Techno-Fantasy Green-Tech stability Creative Descent Earth Stewardship Collapse
  13. 13. www.eco-labs.org 2. Inclusion The Transition movement seeks to facilitate dialogue between different groups, We attempt to reach out beyond our comfort zones to engage more people in our communities in dialogue and action.
  14. 14. www.eco-labs.org 3. Awareness Raising We are constantly exposed to & bewildered by mixed messages. The transition approach aims to set out its case clearly by giving people the key arguments. Rob Hopkins Founder of the Transition movement THE TRANSITION HANDBOOK From oil dependency to local resilience If your town is not yet a Transition Town, here is the guidance for making it one. We have little time, and much to accomplish.” – Richard Heinberg, author of PeakEverything TRANSITION HBOOK BLAD 3/1/08 16:31 Page 1
  15. 15. www.eco-labs.org Only through engaging with the information does starting work towards solutions becomes possible.
  16. 16. www.eco-labs.org 4. Resilience Resilience refers to the ability of a system to hold together and maintain its ability to function in the face of change and shocks from the outside.
  17. 17. www.eco-labs.org What will our communities look like with a dramatic reduction in fossil fuel consumption?
  18. 18. www.eco-labs.org 5. Psychological Insights ‘healthy functioning requires that we have faith in the future, without this confidence; our trust in the world is damaged. Damaged trust can lead to many neurotic reactions, narcissism, depression, paranoia, and compulsion’. ‘post-petroleumstress disorder’
  19. 19. www.eco-labs.org 6. Credible & Appropriate Scale Solutions Action Energy Descent Plan
  20. 20. www.eco-labs.org 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 BillionofBBLS/YR Years 1900 1925 1950 1975 2000 2025 2050 2075 2100
  21. 21. www.eco-labs.org www.transitionculture.org www.transitiontowns.org graphic design by EcoLabs www.eco-labs.org Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 2.0 UK: England & Wales License Thanks to Amelia Gregory for the photographs of Transition Town Brixton Leona Clark for the illustration of London & Lucy Neal for the cake. ‘scalable microcosms of hope’

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