Transition Town Bedford is a grassroots initiative based on a model developed by Rob Hopkins, a teacher of permaculture in the UK. Transition initiatives engage the community in a thoughtful process of planning a local response to the challenges of climate change, natural resource depletion and the economic disruptions so common these days.
Transition Town Bedford is focused on acting locally to make the transition to a post-fossil-fuel world. We work with others to create a more fulfilling, socially connected, sustainable, and resilient community.
Why Did We Choose The Transition Model?
We are living in an age of unprecedented change, with a number of elements converging. Climate change, global economic instability, overpopulation, erosion of community, declining biodiversity, and resource wars, all related to the availability of cheap, non-renewable fossil fuels. Global oil production is predicted to decline in the next 20 years, and severe climate changes are already taking effect around the world. The coming changes are likely to be catastrophic if we do not prepare. As Richard Heinberg states:
Our central survival task for the decades ahead, as individuals and as a
species, must be to make a transition away from the use of fossil fuels –
and to do this as peacefully, equitably, and intelligently as possible”.
The Transition movement represents one of the most promising ways of engaging people and communities to take the far-reaching actions that are required to mitigate the effects of peak oil, climate change and the economic crisis. Furthermore, these relocalization efforts are designed to result in a life that is more fulfilling, more socially connected and more equitable than the one we have today.
The Transition model is based on a set of real world principles and practices that have been built up over time through experimentation and observation of communities as they drive forward to reduce carbon emissions and build community resilience. Underpinning the model is a recognition of the following:
- Peak Oil, Climate Change and the Economic Crisis require action
- Adaptation to a world with less oil is inevitable
- It is better to plan and be prepared, than be taken by surprise
- Industrial society has lost the resilience to be able to cope with shocks to its systems
- We have to act together and we have to act now
- We must negotiate our way down from the “peak” using all our skill, ingenuity and intelligence
- Using our creativity and cooperation to unleash the collective genius within our local communities will lead to a more abundant, connected and healthier future for all.
The Transition Movement believes that is up to us in our local communities to step into a leadership position on this situation. We need to start working now to mitigate the interrelated effects of peak oil, climate change, and the economic crisis, before it is too late. Together we can make a difference.