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Transition Towns Explained in 5 Minutes

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Let's Start Some New Stories

"No matter what else happens, this is the century in which we must learn to live without fossil fuels". David Goodstein, author of "Out Of Gas".

Founder Rob Hopkins explains the emphasis of the Transition Town movement here in under 5 minutes.

The Vision: that every community can engage 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.

The Transition approach is very much a study of permaculture in itself. It asks not: How can we make sure people take action the way we know they ought to and grow food, start composting, install solar panels, etc?" No, it asks: what is already going on in this town and how can we maximize the interchange and benefit of all the commerce and activity already in motion - regardless of people's views, politics, awareness of energy issues etc.

He says: "It's about the rewriting of stories, collective cultural stories-- the myths, the narratives that we tell ourselves, the idea that we can just carry on as we are, that technology can solve everything... what we don't have are the stories that look at Peak Oil and climate change square in the face and respond with creativity and compassion and ingenuity. That's the story that Transition is trying to tell."

Let's keep telling it loud and clear!

--Bibi Farber

This video was produced by Curry Stone Design, who won an award for the production.
For more information on the Transition Town Movement, visit