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The Power of Transition Towns

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"We Are Embarking on a Collective Adventure"

The Transition Movement is out in full force, forming a constructive, harmonious, postcarbon "Nextworld" right now.

It is a worldwide movement, working off a template created in Totnes, UK. They are comprised of vibrant, grassroots initiatives that seek to build community resilience in the face of such challenges as peak oil, climate change and the economic crisis.

Here is a particularly inspiring and informative interview with founder Rob Hopkins, produced by the Ecological Options Network.

He speaks about rediscovering what was GREAT about life before cheap oil. People had practical skills, and were interdependent in a very natural and functioning way. Small towns had a dynamic form of urban agriculture: zero food miles, low energy expenditure, people lived, worked, bought and traded with each in a symbiotic system that served everyone. There were vibrant local economies.

"Who says life beyond oil is going to be awful?" he asks. The Transition Town model seeks to fuse the best of the old with the best of the new, "unleashing the collective genius of the community to engage in this hugely important question."

Whatever your conclusions may be regarding Peak Oil and global warming -- if you are inspired by common sense, sustainability, permaculture and strong communities-- you will want to learn more about the Transition Town movement.

Sit back and enjoy Rob Hopkins and his exhilarating vision for the future. Take a look: there may well be a group forming in your area right now.

--Bibi Farber