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Transition Initiatives are based on four key assumptions: 1. That life with dramatically lower energy consumption is inevitable, and that it's better to plan for it than to be taken by surprise. 2. That our settlements and communities presently lack the resilience to enable them to weather the severe energy shocks that will accompany peak oil. 3. That we have to act collectively, and we have to act now. 4. That by unleashing the collective genius of those around us to creatively and proactively design our energy descent, we can build ways of living that are more connected, more enriching and that recognize the biological limits of our planet
Rob Hopkins

Narratives

Thoughts on Collapse
Jake Hanson

This is a blog I wrote after a screening and discussion of Collapse with PeaceUp, which I thoroughly enjoyed. First of all, for those who haven't seen Collapse, it's a film about the perspective of one man, Michael Ruppert, on how peak oil and a debt-...

Transition Towns

T R A N S I T I O N   T O W N S 

The Transition Town movement incorporates community resilience on an everyday level that transforms your community into a network of local sustainability and resilience.  

The term resilience has become the central theme of a 21st century movement called Transition Towns. Transition Towns are popping up in cities and town all over the world as communities are becoming acutely aware of the need to focus and provide for themselves locally.  Transition Towns is a movement that was started by Rob Hopkins, author of the Transition Handbook, co-founder of Transition Network and Transition Town Totnes.  As the Transition Network describes, the Transition Initiative is:

Communities have started up projects in areas of food, transport, energy, education, housing, waste, arts etc. as small-scale local responses to the global challenges of climate change, economic hardship and shrinking supplies of cheap energy. Together, these small-scale responses make up something much bigger, and help show the way forward for governments, business and the rest of us.

Really, it's the opposite of us sitting in our armchairs complaining about what's wrong, and instead, it's about getting up and doing something constructive about it alongside our neighbours and fellow townsfolk. And people tell us that as a result of being involved in their local "transition initiative", they're happier, their community feels more robust and they have made a lot of new friends.”

Peaceful Uprising has been a pushing force in organizing and starting Salt Lake City’s new Transition Town which now has a functioning Steering Committee and holds weekly gatherings that teach new skills such as: sewing, composting, gardening techniques, etc.

Our challenge to you: See if there is a Transition Town that has been started in your community - if there is, get involved!  If not, read up on Transition Towns and get a group together that would be interested in starting one. For more information, you can always visit: http://www.transitionnetwork.org/support/what-transition-initiative  

Resources

Indigenous Philosophy & Politics (Bold School #3)
Document

SOME SOURCES FOR FURTHER READING (INDIGENOUS PHILOSOPHY AND POLITICS)Alfred, T. 2009. Peace, Power, Righteousness: An Indigenous Manifesto. Toronto: Oxford University Press.Angayuqaq Kawagley, O. 2009. “A Yupiaq Worldview: A Pathway to Ecology and Spirit...

De-Growth Resources (Bold School #3)
Document

Post Carbon Institutehttp://www.postcarbon.org/about/Deconstructing the myths of the food industry in 6 minuteshttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uem2ceZMxYk&feature=player_embeddedDocumentary Surviving Progresshttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=...

Post Carbon Institute Reader
Book

In the 20th century, cheap and abundant energy brought previously unimaginable advances in health, wealth, and technology, and fed an explosion in population and consumption. But this growth came at an incredible cost. Climate change, peak oil, freshwater...

The Crash Course
Education & Training

This is a 20-chapter video series that ties together 3 broad concepts into a comprehensive analysis of our world -- the economy, energy resources, and the environment. It's the most objective and understandable (yet thorough!) analysis of how the current...

The Global Village Construction Set
Guide

 1. Summarize your proposal in 50 words or less:We are developing the Global Village Construction Set (GVCS) – an advanced industrial economy-in-a-box that can be replicated inexpensively anywhere in the world. The GVCS is like a Lego set of modular...