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Transition Town Wellington (TTW) is one of thousands of groups worldwide that make up the Transition Network which was started in Totnes in Devon in 2006 by Rob Hopkins, a Permaculturist. It has struck such a chord with people everywhere it has now spread, with Wellington's group starting in 2008.
Our aim is to find positive, practical solutions to the serious environmental threats we are facing - the devastating effects of climate change, such as flooding and droughts, caused by burning fossil fuels like coal and gas and our increasing demand for oil which is running out.
We believe that by working together, locally where we live, we can find alternatives to fossil fuels and ways of saving energy. Transition Towns is about taking control and improving our own lives – saving ourselves money as well as saving the world we live in – rather than leaving it to government and businesses to make decisions.
If you would like to know more, just visit transitionnetwork.org, or you can read "THE TRANSITION HANDBOOK", which inspired us to a more positive alternative future. Because if we want to survive and thrive when fossil fuels run out (which it will do eventually, whether you argue in our lifetime or not), we need to think of how we are going to live without them, for the sake of our children and our grandchildren. Our whole civilisation runs on fossil fuels, from the food we import, our manufacturing and farming industries, to the cars we drive and the electricity we use to power our homes.
SO HOW DO WE DO THIS?
- The TRANSITION from an oil dependent society to local resilience is what the transition initiative is all about.
- We can use public transport more, car share and either cycle or walk when we can.
- We can choose to spend our leisure time more locally, going to fun community events by foot, instead of hopping in the car for an outing! This would also help build our local communities and build connections in our area.
- We could grow our own vegetables, and source our food more locally, not just from local shops, but local food producers too!
- We could recycle more, and buy better quality items so they don't need replacing as often!
- We could learn how to sew and mend clothes, and reuse wool or up-cycle items!
- We could get solar panels on our roofs, insulate our homes, invest in a share of a local renewable energy project....the list of possibilities is endless!
- Spreading the message, and running workshops to re-skill people in traditional practices (that may be lost if we don't keep them up) is a big part of how we do this.