A Transition Town Initiative
Sidmouth is officially part of the nationwide Transition Town initiative. This initiative aims to bring together local communities to think about and plan how the communities themselves can respond to the challenges and opportunities presented by diminishing fossil fuel stocks and Climate Change.
The purpose of the initiative is to make local communities more resilient with regard to food, energy, transport and other essentials of life and reduce dependence on unpredictable external impacts.
For more information please visit the Transition Network website.
Other Transition Town initiatives across the District and County put climate change as a central concern - and one that can be addressed locally.
Transition Towns (also known as transition network or transition movement) is a grassroots network of communities that are working to build resilience in response to peak oil, climate destruction, and economic instability.
The term transition town was coined by Louise Rooney and Catherine Dunne. Following its start in Kinsale, Ireland it then spread to Totnes, England where Rob Hopkins and Naresh Giangrande developed the concept during 2005 and 2006.
The aim of this community project is to equip communities for the dual challenges of climate change and peak oil.
The Transition Towns movement is an example of socioeconomic localisation. In 2007, the UK-based charity Transition Network was founded to disseminate the concept of transition and support communities around the world as they adopted the transition model.Transition Towns - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
A special section in the Guardian:
Transition towns | Environment | The Guardian
Plus a recent interview with Rob Hopkins:
Converging climate, energy, and economic crises signal the potential to transition to a prosperous post-carbon era
The crisis of civilisation is an unprecedented opportunity | Nafeez Ahmed | Environment | theguardian.com
With practical, positive ways ahead:
Locally grown food, community-owned power stations, local currencies … can small-scale actions make a difference? Yes, according to the Transition network – in fact, it's our only hope
Local, self-sufficient, optimistic: are Transition Towns the way forward? | Environment | The Guardian
And an overview from Transition Town Totnes:
What is climate change? - Transition Town Totnes