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Have you heard about TRANSITION TOWNS?

April 27, 2009

When I was looking for a topic to write a post, I remembered there was something very interesting that I had the chance to know about when I was living in England: the transition towns movement. Seeking for the most interesting information to post, I took this extract from the Wikipedia site.

Transition Towns

Transition Towns is a movement that was created by Louise Rooney and popularized by Rob Hopkins. It was founded in Kinsale, Ireland and was then spread to Totnes, England by environmentalist Rob Hopkins during 2005 and 2006. The aim of the project is to equip communities for the dual challenges of climate change and peak oil. The movement currently has member communities in a number of countries worldwide.

Features of the project
The main aim of the project generally, and echoed by the Towns locally, is to raise awareness of sustainable living and build local resilience in the near future. Communities are encouraged to seek out methods for reducing energy usage as well as increasing their own self reliance—a slogan of the movement is “Food feet, not food miles!” Initiatives so far have included creating community gardens to grow food; business waste exchange, which seeks to match the waste of one industry with another industry that uses this waste; and even simply repairing old items rather than throwing them away.
While the focus and aims remain the same, the methods used to achieve these vary. For example, Totnes has introduced its own local currency, the Totnes pound, which is redeemable in local shops and businesses helping to reduce food miles while also supporting local firms. This idea is also planned to be introduced in three Welsh transition towns.
Central to the Transition Town movement is the idea that a life without oil could in fact be far more enjoyable and fulfilling than the present “by shifting our mind-set we can actually recognize the coming post-cheap oil era as an opportunity rather than a threat, and design the future low carbon age to be thriving, resilient and abundant – somewhere much better to live than our current alienated consumer culture based on greed, war and the myth of perpetual growth.”

Future of the project
The number of communities involved in the project is ever increasing with many localities in the process of becoming “official” transition towns. Transition Towns has even featured in the plot line of the long-running BBC Radio 4 series The Archers, which illustrates the media attention and rapid growth the movement is generating.
OK, and now the questions:
1.- What do you think about this movement, which is being spread in quite a few countries?
2.- Can you imagine life without oil, cars, and all of that? Do you think it may happen to us?
3.- Can you imagine Valencia as a Transition Town? What would it be like?

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