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TRANSITION TOWNS Visioning and Creating Sustainable Communities. “The problems of the world cannot possibly be solved by sceptics or cynics whose horizons are limited by the obvious realities. We need people who can dream of things that never were John F Kennedy . www.transitiontowns.org

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transition towns visioning and creating sustainable communities

TRANSITION TOWNSVisioning and Creating Sustainable Communities

“The problems of the world cannot possibly be solved by sceptics or cynics whose horizons are limited by the obvious realities. We need people who can dream of things that never were

John F Kennedy

www.transitiontowns.org

www.Livingonthecusp.org

www.transitionculture.org

Naresh Giangrande

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A town using much less energy and resources than we presently consume could, if properly planned for and designed, be more resilient, more abundant and more pleasurable than the present.
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A Vision
  • A Plan
  • and a Transition
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PEAK OIL

  • Burn everything!
  • relaxed drilling regulations
  • biofuels
  • Exploit tar sands and non-conventional oils
  • Resource Wars
  • P O + C C =
  • Systems Re-think
  • Planned Relocalisation
  • Energy Descent Pathways
  • Local Resilience
  • CLIMATE CHANGE
  • Climate engineering
  • Carbon capture and storage
  • International emissions trading
  • Climate adaptation
  • Nuclear power
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Where are we going?

Techno-Fantasy

Climax

Green-Tech Stability

Energy & Resource Use

Population

Pollution

Industrial Ascent (Modernism)

Creative Descent (Permaculture)

Earth

stewardship

Pre-industrial sustainable culture

Mad Max

Historical Time

Future Time

Baby Boom

Agriculture

10.000yrs BP

Industrial

Revolution

Great Grand Children

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How to get from where we are now to an abundant, pleasurable, and resilient future?
set up an initiating group and design it s evolution from the outset
Set up an Initiating Group and Design it’s evolution from the Outset

Questions arising:

Do we want to do this?

Can we, who are ‘we’ anyway?

Is the TT model the right one for us?

What else is out there?

Who do we approach?

Will in work in our town?

How often shall we meet?

What’s our first step?

translate all that interest and excitement into action
Translate all that Interest and Excitement into Action

Use Open space to create community think tanks

Establish working partnerships

Set up e mail lists

Invite participation

Will you join us?

Leading to…..

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Energy
  • Food
  • Heart and Soul
  • Building
  • The Arts
  • Health
  • Economics
  • Transport
  • Local Government
  • Education
create practical manifestations of the project
Create Practical Manifestations of the Project

Action without vision is just busyness, vision without action is fruitless.

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December ’06. Oil Vulnerability Auditing Workshop with Simon Snowden of Liverpool University

A pilot project in Totnes with three local businesses.

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"You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete."Buckminster Fuller

  • TRESOC
  • Community Owned Wind Farm
  • Waste to power
  • Micro Hydro
  • Solar water Heater Challenge
  • Allotments
  • Local Food Directory
  • RE Workshops
  • Eco Constellations
  • Changing the Dream Workshop
  • Skilling up for Powerdown
  • Transition Tales
  • Oil Vulnerability Auditing
  • Totnes £
  • Car Shares
  • Seedy Sunday
  • Home groups / eco team
  • Engaging with LA over Land use/ RE uptake
  • Biodiesel rickshaw
  • Business swap shop
  • Business energy/ electricity lighting audit
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Put your own House in Order

    • Are you generating Renewable Energy for your buildings?
    • Have you insulated/reduced resource use?
    • Are you using sustainable /green products and services
    • Are you holding real public consultations?
    • Encourage / support your local transition initiative.
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Back casting – from the goal to the present.

  • Identify Resources
  • Practical Steps 2006 – 2026
what makes the transition model work
What makes the Transition Model Work?
  • Create a Vision of an Abundant Future
  • Raise awareness
  • Show how simple, practical changes to our lives can make a difference
  • A collective response
  • Utilise the power of hope and optimism.
  • Solution is the same scale as the problem
  • A model that’s easy for other locals to copy; a ‘viral’ phenomena.
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Transition:

Falmouth Penwith

Lewes Moretonhampstead

Stroud Ashburton

Ottery St Mary Bristol

Ivybridge Brixton, London

Kinsale, Ireland Forest Row

Mayfield Glastonbury

Lostwithiel Forest of Dean

Maidenhead Nottingham

Ashville, USA Wrington

Portobello Brighton & Hove

Harborough Whitstable

Marsden/Slaithwaite Frome

Brampton Isle of Wight

Seaton Bath

Exeter Isle of Man

Crediton Sunshine Coast, OZ

Dunbar Llandeilo

Bro Ddyfi Rhayader

Waiheke Island, N Z Orewa, NZ

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‘Mullers’

England:

Abingdon

Alden Valley

Alderley Edge

Almondsbury

Alton

Anlaby

Appley

Ashbrittle

Ashburton

Axbridge

Balsall Heath, Birmingham

Banbury

Barkingside

Barnet

Barnstaple

Bath

Beaminster

Bedford, Castle Ward

Beeston

Belbroughton

Belper

Bentlawnt

Berkhamsted

Birmingham

Bollington

Bosley

Bournemouth

Bourton-on-the-Water

Bovey Tracey

Box

Bradford

Bradley, North Yorkshire

Brampton

Brentford

Bretforton

Bridport

Brighton & Hove

Brilley

Bristol

Bromsgrove

Bruton

Tooting

Torquay

Torridge

Totnes

Totteridge

Trafford

Tring

Trowbridge

Truro

Tunbridge Wells

Uckfield

Ulverston

University - of East Anglia

University - Bournemouth

University - Liverpool

Upper Clatford

Vale of Belvoir

Wallingford

Walthamstow

Wantage

Wardington

Wellow

West Kirby

West Mersea

Westcliff-on-Sea

Weymouth

Whitstable

Whittington

Wimborne

Winchester

Winscombe

Winslow

Winster

Wirral

Witney

Wrington

Woking

Wolvercote

Wolverton

Wotton-under-Edge

Wrexham

Wrington

Wye, Kent

Wylam

Yatesbury

Bungay

Bury

Bushey

The Butts, Walsall

Buxton

Calverley

Camborne

Cambridge

Canterbury

Caradon

Carlisle

Castle Ward, Bedford

Chagford

Chalford

Cheadle Hulme

Cheltenham

Chesterfield

Chichester

Childs Hill, London

Chipping Sodbury

Chrishall

Christchurch

Churchill, Oxford

Chudleigh

Clitheroe

Coggeshall

Colerne

Corfe Mullen

Cornhill-on-Tweed

Corsham

Cotesbach

Cotherstone

Coventry

Cranleigh

Crediton

Crewe

Crosby, Liverpool

Cuddesdon

Dawlish

Daysland

Deddington

Derby

Doncaster

Dorchester

Dunkeswell

Dunster

Durham

Easthope

Ely

Emsworth

Essex

Exeter

Exminster

Falmouth

Fareham

Faversham

Forest of Dean

Forest Row

Fowey

Frome

Glastonbury

Godmanchester

Godmanstone

Grantham

Grasmere

Groombridge

Guildford

Hadlow

Haringey

Havant

Hay-on-Wye

Haywards Heath

Headcorn

Headingley, Leeds

Hebden Bridge

Helmshore

Helston

Hereford

Hertford

Hexham

Highbridge

Hitchin

Holsworthy

Horfield, Bristol

Huddersfield

Hull

Hulme, Manchester

Hungerford

Hunstanton

Ickenham

Ilfracombe

Ilkley

Ilminster

Ipswich

Isle of Jersey,

Channel Islands

Isle of Man

Isle of Wight

Isles of Scilly

Ivybridge

Jarrow

Kendal

Kenilworth

Kimpton

Kings Sutton

Kirkbymoorside

Kirkby Lonsdale

Lancaster

Langford

Leamington Spa

Ledbury

Leeds

Leek

Leicester

Leighton Buzzard

Leominster

Letchworth

Lewes

Liphook

Liverpool

London - Barkingside

London - Barnet

London - Brentford

London - Brixton

London - Crouch End

London - Croydon

London - Crystal Palace

London - Dulwich

London - Finchley

London – Hackney

London - Haringey

London - Highbury

London - Kensington

London - Kingston Upon

Thames

London - Merton

London - Paddington

London - Putney

London - Shoreditch

London - Southwark

London - Stoke Newington

London - Streatham

London - Sutton

London - Sydenham

London - Tooting

London - Tower Hamlets

London - Upminster

London - Wandsworth

London - Waterloo

London - Watford

London - Westminster

Long Compton

Lostwithiel

Ludlow

Lyme Regis

Maidenhead

Maidstone

Market Deeping

Market Harborough

Marlow

Marsden and Slaithwaite

Mayfield

Mersea Island

Merton

Milford

Moretonhampstead

Newark (Notts)

Newark South

Newbury

Newcastle-upon-Tyne

Newton Abbot

Newhaven

Northallerton

Northhants

Norwich

Nottingham

Ollerton

Oswestry

Otley

Ottery St Mary

Oxford

Paignton

Peckham

Penrith

Penryn

Penwith

Pewsey

Pill

Plymouth

Portsmouth

Ramsbury

Reading

Riding Mill

Rossendale

Salisbury

Sandhurst, Kent

Sawbridgeworth

Seaton

Sevenoaks

Shaftesbury

Shapwick

Sheffield

Shenley

Shipley

Shoreham-by-Sea

Shrewsbury

Sidmouth

Slaithwaite (Marsden and Slaithwaite)

South Brent

St Albans

St Austell

Stafford

Standon

Stockport

Street

Stroud

Swanage

Swindon

Talbot Green

Tattenhall

Taunton

Teme Valley

Thatcham

Theddlethorpe

Thirsk

Thornbury

Tisbury

Tolleshunt D'Arcy

Tonbridge

“Mullers”

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A Model

Transition Towns

What is it?

A Vision

Sustainable development

A set of principles

Creates Resilience

A Set of Pathways

Community empowerment tool

Common Sense

A Design solution

A Virus