“Transition” towns initiative

Acton Transition Study Group

Local Resilience & Relocalization

Perhaps you’ve arrived at this page wondering what “Transition” is. Or maybe you already know a lot about the Transition movement, and wonder what it could mean for Acton. Or perhaps you just want to find out how to start pitching in.

Acton in Fall The idea of the Transition movement is to help communities find successful ways to deal with the large and layered challenges of peak oil, climate change, and the economic crisis. All three are already impacting us, but we are still in the early stages of those impacts. The rationale of the Transition movement is that responses to these by individuals will likely be too small, even in the aggregate, to change our current trajectory, and responses by governments will almost certainly be too timid. But responses by entire communities, if they happen broadly, will approach the necessary scale of response and offer the best chance of success in dealing with these three enormous challenges.

The methods of the Transition movement rely on home-grown, citizen-led education, action, and multi-stakeholder planning to create both a shared vision of a positive future at the end of the fossil fuel era, and a path to get there. A key goal is to increase local self reliance and community resilience. We’d like to starting thinking and planning for those here in our community. A discussion group is forming to take up these questions, create connections, and think about how to “relocalize” our lives and boost our resilience in an inevitably changing economic, environmental, and technological landscape.

How can we re-examine our uses of energy, land, water, and renewable resources at the local and regional levels? Can we mount a proactive—perhaps visionary—response to our changing world? Can we approach the future with a positive, creative, collaborative attitude? Shall we begin? Interested? Contact us: mailto:transition@greenacton.org

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