“What do we do IF the lights go out?” Making the transition from our dependence on fossil fuels.<br />Dr Wendy Woodland<br...
The problem…<br />Today’s society is strongly reliant upon fossil fuels<br />·  	130kg of packaging made from oil-derived ...
This reliance has created three key challenges: <br />“Peak oil”<br /><ul><li>worldwide discovery of crude oil peaks in vo...
availability of cheap & easily accessible oil sources declines
oil prices increase
how do we maintain energy supplies?</li></ul>Climate change<br />Global financial <br />	crisis<br />
A solution? <br /><ul><li>take action now to reduce our reliance on fossil fuels
make a transition to a lower energy future
greater levels of community resilience (peak oil)
smaller carbon footprint (climate change)
transition towns; transition cities; transition communities</li></li></ul><li>The “transition town” movement<br />What is ...
lead by Rob Hopkins (a UWE graduate!)
"for all those aspects of life that this community needs in order to sustain itself and thrive, how do we significantly in...
co-ordinate a range of projects that leads to a collectively designed energy descent pathway</li></ul>How might a small to...
Where are the transition towns?<br /><ul><li>278 schemes worldwide, with 1000 in the early stages of formation
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  • Map: Green = officially designated Transition Towns/Cities/Districts. --------------------------------------------------------------- Blue (and others) = individuals and/or groups that are starting off a transition initiative in their own community
  • Transition Towns UWE March 2010

    1. 1. “What do we do IF the lights go out?” Making the transition from our dependence on fossil fuels.<br />Dr Wendy Woodland<br />Dept of Geography & Environmental Management<br />UWE Bristol<br />
    2. 2. The problem…<br />Today’s society is strongly reliant upon fossil fuels<br />· 130kg of packaging made from oil-derived plastics is consumed by British households each year. Two-thirds of it is used in food production.<br />· 3.5 litres of oil is needed to produce 0.5kg of steak<br />The Guardian newspaper, 2007<br />
    3. 3. This reliance has created three key challenges: <br />“Peak oil”<br /><ul><li>worldwide discovery of crude oil peaks in volume
    4. 4. availability of cheap & easily accessible oil sources declines
    5. 5. oil prices increase
    6. 6. how do we maintain energy supplies?</li></ul>Climate change<br />Global financial <br /> crisis<br />
    7. 7. A solution? <br /><ul><li>take action now to reduce our reliance on fossil fuels
    8. 8. make a transition to a lower energy future
    9. 9. greater levels of community resilience (peak oil)
    10. 10. smaller carbon footprint (climate change)
    11. 11. transition towns; transition cities; transition communities</li></li></ul><li>The “transition town” movement<br />What is it?<br /><ul><li>began in Kinsale, Ireland in 2001
    12. 12. lead by Rob Hopkins (a UWE graduate!)
    13. 13. "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)?"
    14. 14. co-ordinate a range of projects that leads to a collectively designed energy descent pathway</li></ul>How might a small town reduce its use of fossil fuels (oil, gas)?<br />
    15. 15. Where are the transition towns?<br /><ul><li>278 schemes worldwide, with 1000 in the early stages of formation
    16. 16. UK, Europe, United States, Australia, New Zealand… </li></li></ul><li>Case study: transition town Totnes<br />Where?<br /><ul><li>in Devon, England
    17. 17. population 23,258 (in 2009)
    18. 18. grown by 4.53% in past 10 years</li></ul>Who?<br />Totnes transition town<br />
    19. 19. a) Energy Descent Pathways<br /><ul><li>start with the current situation
    20. 20. create a vision for Totnes in 2030 “the ideal situation”</li></ul>How ? <br />
    21. 21. <ul><li>create a “road map” of practical steps to allow the community to move from current situation to the ideal situation
    22. 22. changes in food, farming, health, education, energy, transport, buildings, tourism, waste, economy & livelihoods
    23. 23. involves community within "action groups“
    24. 24. some examples from the food sub-group in Totnes...</li></li></ul><li>How? <br />b) The Totnes pound<br />The system<br /><ul><li>exchange sterling currency into Totnes pounds (TP); 1TP = £1
    25. 25. spend TPs at any of 70 participating businesses</li></ul>Benefits:<br /><ul><li>builds resilience in the local economy by keeping money circulating in the community and building new relationships
    26. 26. encourages more local trade and thus reduces food and trade miles
    27. 27. encourages tourists to use local businesses
    28. 28. other transition towns (e.g. Lewes) are doing the same...</li></li></ul><li>Can you think of any disadvantages of living in a transition town?<br />
    29. 29. What’s happening in Bristol “transition city”<br />Transition Bristol<br />
    30. 30. Will it work? <br />“We truly don't know if this will work. Transition is a social experiment on a massive scale. <br />What we are convinced of is this: <br /><ul><li>if we wait for the governments, it'll be too little, too late
    31. 31. if we act as individuals, it'll be too little
    32. 32. but if we act as communities, it might just be enough, just in time.“</li></ul>www.transitiontowns.org<br />
    33. 33. Transition towns - resources<br />Internet resources<br /><ul><li>The transition towns network http://www.transitiontowns.org/
    34. 34. Information on transition town Totnes http://totnes.transitionnetwork.org/
    35. 35. The transition primer (a handbook for communities planning to become transition towns) http://www.transitionnetwork.org/resources/transition-primer</li></ul>Video clips shown in the presentation:<br /><ul><li>Transition town Totnes http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lSvAJ4hF894
    36. 36. The Lewes pound (based on the example of the Totnes pound) http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/programmes/working_lunch/7392286.stm</li></li></ul><li>Course Leader: <br />Dr Wendy Woodland <br />email: wendy3.woodland@uwe.ac.uk<br />

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