What Is a Transition Town?
The Idea of being a “TRANSITION TOWN” is fully supported by our organization however we seek to accomplish the stated goals within a much faster time period. A Transition Town Initiative is modeled by asking the following 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)?”
The United States’ overwhelming reliance on foreign oil demonstrates that we are far from being a sustainable and self-sufficient country. The concept of Peak Oil does not represent the end of oil, it merely marks the peak of “easy to get, cheap oil.” After hitting this peak, oil will not only begin to decline in quantity, but will also become much more difficult to harvest and refine. Instead of waiting for our government to develop a course of action, the Transition Town movement has built a plan for moving towards sustainability and self-sufficiency now. The concept of Peak Oil is also applicable to natural gas as this resource is also subject to declining availability and rising cost.
Climate change is a real and ongoing threat to the United States’ national security. Climate change is the theory used to describe radical and generally unpredictable weather patterns. In some locations temperatures may rise, while in others temperatures may lower. Climate change needs to be factored into any plan for sustainability and national security. The Transition Town model addresses the challenge of climate change upon national security by focusing on strengthening our dependence on renewable sources of energy, rather than non-renewables. Renewable technologies allow us to adapt in the face of changing weather patterns and strengthen our energy stores at home.