Transitioning Away From Oil

August 18, 2010

Transition Towns represent a network of communities across the globe actively planning for a future without oil. The movement was born out of an “Energy Descent Action Plan” developed by permaculture instructor Rob Hopkins and his students at the Kinsdale Further Education College in Kinsdale, Ireland. Permaculture is an approach to designing human settlements and agricultural systems that reflect natural ones. The Transition Movement applies these principles to the dual challenges of climate change and peak oil, addressing themes of energy production, health and wellness, education, economics and food production and distribution, all at the community or local level. As of May 2010, there were more than 300 Transition Towns worldwide. Initiatives range from establishing community gardens, to feasibility studies for anaerobic digesters to produce power and process food waste locally, to “community powerdowns” (collective efforts to slow the meter), to increasing awareness about composting and recycling, to carpooling, cycling and improving mass-transit options and ridership. A cornerstone of the Transition network is its inherent positive outlook. Transition US holds the vision “that every community in the United States will have engaged its collective creativity to unleash an extraordinary and historic transition to a future beyond fossil fuels; a future that is more vibrant, abundant and resilient; one that is ultimately preferable to the present.” Find out more at

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