At Ecohip, we recently came across a project that we really believe in. The ‘Transition network’. It is a world wide scheme that gives people of like minds an opportunity to come together and do something about the hot topic that is climate change.
It starts with just a few people forming a group and adopting the “Transition Model” they then embark on engaging as many people as possible from their local community to kick start a “Transition Initiative” that asks the question:
“For all those aspects of life that this community needs in order to sustain itself and thrive, how do we significantly increase resilience (to mitigate the effects of Peak Oil) and drastically reduce carbon emissions (to mitigate the effects of Climate Change?)”
There are an initial few that form the “steering group” and it is their role to inform the community and to get people on board with their mission. Any existing groups sharing common ground are encouraged to join and to form a good working relationship with the new transition team. Screenings of key films are shown to inspire locals to get involved and talks are held at schools with expert speakers. As soon as the idea starts to spread, ‘branch’ groups are formed to fulfil different ‘themes’ and they make the goal more attainable.
Not only does it inform people about the need for change, but it gives them an opportunity to take a ‘hands on’ approach and get involved with the community.
To find out more about the scheme, and to find out where your local transition project is based, follow the link below: