The Transition Towns movement was initially developed by Rob Hopkins in 2005. He and others realised that the age of cheap, plentiful oil and other fossil fuels is coming to an end. From now on oil is becoming more difficult, and so more expensive, to extract. In addition, the prospect of climate change and the urgent need to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from burning fossil fuels means we should conserve the oil and coal that we have.
The Transition Towns movement welcomes this situation as a positive opportunity to rethink the way we live our lives. Transport will become more expensive, so we need to develop many more local resources to provide our daily necessities. By coming together in groups we can discover what needs doing, and how it can be achieved, ultimately building a style of life that will enhance our own lives and those of our children and grandchildren.
The Transition Towns movement does not claim to have all the answers but aims to help people to live a more fulfilling and resilient life. There are groups across the UK, Europe, and the world. It is one of the fastest growing community led movements and it’s made up of ordinary people just like you and me.
You can find the website of the wider Transition Towns movement at http://www.transitionnetwork.org/.