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In Transition 1.0

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This film was created using footage contributed by Transition Initiatives from around the world. I remember when I was about eight years old, back in 2006, I was just a girl... I remember when I was about eleven years old, back in 2006, I was just a boy... I used to wonder what kind of a world we'd be living in in 60 years' time. The grown-ups were talking more and more about the oil running out. They made it sound really scary. And at school, we learned about this thing called global warming. But back then, I didn't know really what they were on about. IN TRANSITION IN TRANSITION From oil dependence to local resilience IN TRANSITION 1.0 From oil dependence to local resilience I just heard the word 'Transition' and immediately a lightbulb went off in my head. The power of the Transition movement is already in its name. The great thing about the Transition movement is it's so positive. It's doing positive things. It's a grassroots thing, it's something that you and I can get involved with. It's very much focused on your own place and ground and where you are. This is where you need to take care of and build relationships and sort the world out from. It's about not waiting for anybody else to fix things for us, it's about getting on with things ourselves. And it is actually addressing the issues that are going to increasingly come to dominate our world, namely energy and resource depletion and global warming. Understanding Peak Oil Oil Oil is a limited resource Oil Oil takes hundreds of millions of years to form Peak Oil is when oil extraction rates max out and begin to decline It's not that we're about to run out of oil and gas, but every oil well, every gas well reaches a maximum rate of production then begins to decline. Whole countries max out and decline. So what is oil used for? Of the 85 million barrels of oil the world uses every day 44% is made into gasoline 35% into other fuels and the rest? Asphalt Farming - machinery, fertilizers, pesticides Plastics, Styrofoam Chemicals in cosmetics Clothing - Spandex, Nylon, Polyester and thousands of other products Now fossil fuels have been an enormous economic boon, but they have created all sorts of problems, including climate change, dependence on foreign sources, oil wars, pollution of water from fertilizer run-off and petrochemicals, acid rain killing forests, on and on and on. If we can do this one thing, if we can reduce our consumption of fossil fuels and phase them out, we can solve all of those problems at the same time. So when will Peak Oil happen? There is still a lot of debate on the exact date but one thing is certain "No matter what else happens, this is the century in which we must learn to live without fossil fuels." - David Goodstein, Out of Gas So what does the future hold after Peak Oil? One scenario Prices go up SOLD OUT | Shortages of all kinds Economic depressions Resource wars Global warming Or oil is conserved, demand shrinks Clean, renewable alternatives are put in place Sustainable, local agriculture Fewer cars on the road and a sustainable and healthy future Climate change is caused because we are releasing carbon dioxide into the air. The sun comes in and warms the earth's surface. Radiation from the earth's surface, heat radiation, has to get out in order to balance what comes in but it's blocked on the way out by what we call greenhouse gases. Water vapour, carbon dioxide and methane are the most important. Carbon dioxide is one of the major greenhouse gases. Two hundred years ago, you see, we began to burn coal, oil and gas. That increased the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. Carbon dioxide absorbs this radiation. It's like a blanket over the earth's surface, keeping it warm. If you increase the thickness of the blanket, it gets warmer. We don't know it, but the weather is becoming more and more unpredictable, just because we're releasing carbon dioxide into the air. 350 'parts per million' is the safe upper limit for CO2 according to leading scientists... We are already above 385... Peak oil and climate change aren't separate issues, they're the same issue. They're built around our addiction to fossil fuels. If we can kick the habit and get off fossil fuels, we can solve both the problems. Evidence is that if we begin to descend the amount of carbon that we release, within 100 months, we can avert catastrophe. People were very slow to change at first. No one wanted to think, no more cars, planes or apples from the other side of the world. Imagine that, apples from the other side of the world! But we all did our bit and things started to change. It was amazing just being part of it. It started when I was working in Kinsale in Ireland at the Further Education College there, and we started looking around for places who were using permaculture principles and sustainability thinking and systems thinking to work out how cities and towns and communities are going to get through peak oil successfully, and we couldn't find any. So we just improvised and did a 20-year plan for the town of Kinsale, based on the idea that where we got to at the end could be better than where we start from now. So then when I moved to Totnes the following year, it felt really vital to try and do something to deepen that idea and see how far we could take it. And that was what led to the setting up of Transition Town Totnes. Transition Town Totnes - England Official Unleashing September 2006 Welcome Rob, welcome to you all. He said he was gobsmacked when he saw you all! I'm not, because this is Totnes, isn't it? You can make a difference and I know we will. The Transition model spread quickly around the world. There are now 160 'official initiatives' and 1000s of other places are 'mulling it over'... It's called the Transition movement. It's about transitioning out of your current lifestyle to help the local economy and protecting the environment along the way. CBS4's Molly Hughes looks at this growing trend. You may be making small steps into Transition and not even know it. It can begin with simple changes like switching to energy-efficient light bulbs, recycling more, turning down the thermostat a few degrees, composting eliminating plastic, using re-usable grocery bags and taking the bus when possible. The Transition movement has a place for everyone. So far in New Zealand, just a handful of towns are taking the idea seriously. We went to one, Raglan in the Waikato. Here's Mihingarangi Forbes. Welcome to Solscape - motel accommodation in Raglan. What makes it different is the way it's powered. This section is off the grid and we've installed solar hot water systems and stuff. There's a stream on our back boundary. We gravity feed it to just down there and then we pump it up here for our water supply. Phil McCabe is changing his whole business into one that doesn't rely entirely on oil. We don't need to draw from anywhere else to be where we are. Life with dramatically lower energy consumption is inevitable. At a public meeting a year ago, McCabe put forward the idea that Raglan should minimise its oil dependency. It fuelled genuine change. So when will the price of oil get too high for you? And when it does, how will you fill your car, warm your house or put food on your table? Here in Raglan, they're not waiting to find out. They're coming up with their own ideas for renewable energies. This is one of New Zealand's Transition Towns. In 2008 the 100th 'official' Transition Initiative, Transition Fujino in Japan, achieved its Transition Town status, and one in Berlin [Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg] soon followed. Transition Norwich - England 'Great Unleashing' 1st October 2008 Eventually Transition Towns became Transition Villages, Transition Islands and even Cities... This is the first unleashing of a city, a major city. It was fantastic. We had 400-odd people arrive in the biggest hall we could find in Norwich, and we had people working in small groups at that unleashing on particular themes that have now started out as theme groups. We were very pleased, because it drew in a very wide range of people. It drew in people who were involved in existing groups and it drew in new people, so it did everything we wanted it to do, really. The structure of this meeting was absolutely amazing, because people were centred around, they could immediately share their experiences, share ideas and become involved more proactively. I think it's a wonderful way of conducting a meeting, and it was very inspiring! We were talking about how a lot of people our age are really excited about learning to drive, and how we don't really want to learn to drive right now because we want to not become reliant on cars and things. And it's really nice to interact with the wider community and to talk to the elders and to meet people who have lived in this part of the country for so many years. I've felt so frustrated and worried and disillusioned with politicians and what's going on and the inaction about what's happening in the world, so it's really heartening for me to be here and to see that actually people are prepared to do something. I'm really pleased that I'm in Norwich now. I thought the turn-out tonight was absolutely amazing. There were nearly 400 people here, and that's huge. I have to admit that was a lot more than I was expecting. I'm dead impressed with the organisers and it makes me optimistic that something's really going to happen here. 'One does not discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore for a very long time.'|Andre Gide North Howe Transition Toun - Scotland Transition Tavern We are part of a Transition group called the North Howe Transition Toun, and the North Howe Transition Toun has started a community pub. People need to be living in community. You don't want you over here and your best friend way over here. You want you here and your best friend here, basically. ... the beginning of a dream, really, to turn our local village hall into a zero carbon hall. It was about eight months ago that a few of us were in this hall and the feeling was really different. It was our first public event as a Transition group, and it was really like, 'Oh, what are we doing? We're stepping out into this public arena and we don't know what the response is going to be. We don't know what people's reactions are going to be.' And I remember that sense of trepidation... 'We're going public!' We'd only just had a few meetings in our living room with some friends and neighbours, just feeling our way, and then it was this first public thing. But we did it! You can join a Transition group, or if there's not one in your area, you can just start one. FOOD Food groups are often the first place Transition groups get started, promoting local, seasonal food & supporting local agriculture... Transition Town Kinsale - Ireland | 50 Mile Meal Award A 50-mile meal award was launched last year as an initiative to promote local food production. So it's around raising awareness of why it is important to source food locally. We have a local shrimp cocktail, which is shrimp from the harbour here in Kinsale. The Marie Rose was made with eggs from Upton, the limes are from abroad, obviously. Over here then we have a smoked eel salad, with beetroot which is locally grown, and watercress. It's ridiculous, you can buy garlic in Ireland but the majority of it would come from China. We should become more self-sufficient. The carrots and chopped potatoes in the chowder are grown actually in our proprietor's garden, which is only two miles up the road. He has an acre site where we grow a lot of our veg for the White House restaurant. And there was a smoked eel, beetroot and watercress salad in there. Ah, sighs of remembrance! This is all the work of Pearse O'Sullivan at Toddies. In the US a typical carrot has to travel 1,838 miles to reach the dinner table. Transition Town Totnes - England | Garden Share Scheme The garden share project means that people who don't have land and don't have any garden space, are matched together with people who have garden space that they don't use in Totnes. And the idea is for it to be a long-term, growing community relationship and commitment, really helping us get back more into the habit of sharing, sharing our space and sharing our resources and learning that we are utterly interdependent. I've moved your leeks that were here, they're there now. So few people have access to land. That's a really obvious background thing. I think also people are a bit more aware of the food resilience issues. It's common knowledge now that we have between three and five days' worth of food in the supermarkets. Also, food prices have been going up, so people are really interested in growing their own food. They can really easily grow their own salads, there's no packaging, there's no food miles. I think people have started thinking more about those kinds of issues, and eating in season and things. And then there's been this massive media uptake of the project, and the BBC wanting to come and film it, and Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall. 'River Cottage: Autumn' | Channel 4 Television For over a year now, Transition Town Totnes has been busy matchmaking gardeners and land and now have around 20 successful pairings. And if this was extrapolated to a national level... There are hundreds of thousands if not millions of acres of land out there. There's plenty to go around really. Yes. It seems a very small beginning, but it will grow, and the impact of it and the importance of it I don't think can be exaggerated. It has been amazing to have so much media attention on it, because the idea has spread far and wide. I must have been contacted by about 20 to 30 different projects around the country. I've also been talking to various groups and land experts about how we can get more and more people all across the country doing exactly the same thing. And now, inspired by the Totnes story, we've come up with the idea of a national network, Landshare. When I first started it I thought, 'It'll be a success if there are three gardeners.' And actually, looking at it now, there are over 50 families involved. A lot of it is about people wanting those links with the land again, and wanting to learn and be part of that fantastic tradition that is propagating and seed-saving and having their hands in the soil and really learning what it is that makes us live, that makes us thrive. It's particularly people who are living in flats, who don't have any access to green space. It's absolutely lovely to be able to know that there's a little patch of land where you can just go and sit and be, surrounded by your flowers and vegetables, and watching the butterflies go by. In the UK, half of all vegetables and 95% of all fruit comes from overseas... Transition Waiheke - New Zealand OOOOBY Store Welcome to the OOOOBY store. This is our second day here, and we're having a working bee. We're in Ostend on Waiheke Island and we have commandeered a garden centre that has been here for a long time. OOOOBY is an idea that has come to us, that we are able to bring a capital model and a social model together, creating a social enterprise. So this is the first OOOOBY store and we hope this is the first of very many OOOOBY stores opening up all around the country and all around the world. And the whole idea about the OOOOBY store is that we create a social space where people can come and learn about food growing. We have workshops here. We have demonstration garden beds coming. You'll be able to get seedlings and soil treatments and compost and everything like that. So we're creating a one-stop food-grower shop for everyone on the island to get into food growing. And OOOOBY stands for 'out of our own back yard', so it's a very cool little acronym that says everything that we want to say. 142,000 acres of orchards have been cut down in England in the last 100 years. Transition Town Llandeilo - Wales | 'Afallon Teilo' - The Apple Project Hello! Welcome to the show! We're planting apple trees, which has a long history in this area. You'll struggle to find a local apple, that's for sure. I know the local deli sells them sometimes. Somebody brings in a basket of apples and they go just like that, because people want them. A hundred years ago there were over a hundred orchards in the area around Llandeilo. And now there's probably about seven, so we've got a lot of catching up to do. The gardens here have now become a part of the curriculum and the outdoor learning environment, teaching the children about sustainability, about their future, and about the community and about the involvement of everybody. It's about getting involved in my community, it's about putting my fear into something more positive. It's a way in. It's below the radar, it's not political, it's a really practical project. It's not a talking shop, it's about getting people to do it. Transition has been really good because it's taking that fear and the need to withdraw and take care of your nearest and dearest, and looking at your local community and thinking, 'Actually, without them we wouldn't survive anyway, so let's get in there and do something with them. And if we all pull together then something really useful might happen and there might be a future that's worth living for our children.' Before the Transition, people were just trying to make ends meet. Not change the world. But we had to do something. People came up with all kinds of ways to make small changes. Everyone had a part to play, something to give, something to contribute. We didn't know if it would make a difference, but it didn't stop us trying. ECONOMY Transitioning the economy means finding creative ways to stop money pouring out of our communities... Transition Town Lewes - England | Lewes Pound We're not loaded, we're small businesses and struggling, yeah? It's something to help us as well as everyone else, isn't it? The ultimate test will be when someone gets mugged for Lewes pounds... ...and they don't just chuck them in the gutter! I can't wait to try and pay for my parking tickets with the Lewes pound! Three, two, one... Hooray! Money! The Lewes pound is a local currency, and the idea is thinking of a community as being like a big leaky bucket, and money pours into it from all different places - from grants, from pensions, from wages or whatever. It comes into our economy and then most of it just pours out of the holes in the bucket. Every time you shop in a supermarket, 80% of that money leaves. So you have a national currency which just pours through our communities. Whereas if you have a local currency - this is the Totnes pound, the currency I've been involved in - it can't leave. It bounces off the side of the bucket. It's never seen as something that's going to completely replace sterling, but it's seen as something that runs alongside it, as a complementary thing. It's like mindful money. If you go shopping with a local currency, you make a conscious decision that you're going to support local businesses. Our initial print run was 10,000 Lewes pounds, and they were sold out within three days of the launch. The reason for that primarily was collectors. This was the biggest currency launch in the UK in over 100 years, and within a day, Lewes pounds were trading on Ebay. Within two days they were selling for £30 a pound. It was ridiculous... ...because it's not officially money. It hasn't got the Queen's head on it and it is not legal tender. In other words there's no obligation for anyone to take it in. What it is - but don't tell this to anyone - it's a voucher. The idea behind the Lewes pound is to strengthen the local economy and raise awareness about the importance of local trade and local supply, to help support our local traders. It keeps them in business when everyone's going to Tesco. The second thing is to reduce our carbon footprints, because local suppliers tend to be sourced more locally, none of the flying around in jets all across the world. We have this silly situation where we end up buying beans from Kenya when we're perfectly able to grow beans here. There's an imbalance in trade between the global markets and the local markets, and we focus far too much on the global markets, which we need for a lot of things. We need them for healthcare, we need them for technology, we need them for industrial manufacture, all of those things. But we don't need them for a lot of other things. And if we can just find the right balance between what can be done locally and what needs to be done globally, then I think we've got the basis for a local and global economy that can work together for the benefit of the planet and its people. EDUCATION Education groups focus on how to make education appropriate for these fast-changing times. Many Transition Initiatives work with their local schools... Transition Newent - England | Bag-Making Workshop This one, do you recognise what that might have been? Yes, it was a little girl's dress and all I did was change the top a bit and put a handle on. We've been to the charity shops and we've brought with us a lot of items of clothing, and we've also brought fabrics from curtains and the kind of fabrics that people have lying around at home. The aim is to show them the bags that we've made and encourage them to think creatively about what kind of bag they could make out of any of these materials. And it's a privilege to see a child learning a skill from another adult, not its parent, and I think that's all part of developing a sense of community. That's it. Try not to pull it too tight. One of the things that really impresses me as I look around this wonderful crowd of people is how much communication there is going on. ...and sew that bit together. Now I know that obviously making a few bags is not going to significantly change the carbon footprint of Newent. However, for me there's something about re-finding some of the connections that perhaps we used to have in our more local communities. So, all ages meeting together, and here we have that. And all ages communicating and responding to each other in ways that often in our very busy lives we don't have time to do. The central part of Transition is re-creating some of these connections. I think that builds a kind of emotional resilience. We know things are going to change, in terms of the materials that we have available, in terms of transport, in terms of oil availability. These stresses and changes that are going to happen, we need to be resourceful in meeting them. And the great strength that we have is our relationships and our communities, and I think this bag workshop shows how people can come together and be creative. And also of course get a tremendous amount of pleasure out of it, there's a lot of laughter as well. 'Vision without action is merely a dream. Action without vision just passes time. Vision with action can change the world.'| Joel Barker The Transition Network - England | Training for Transition Transition for me has been the thing that has made sense of my whole life. And I've had that experience reflected by a lot of people, that Transition uses every bit of them. We often ask the groups who come on our training what it is about Transition that really attracted them. It's permaculture with knobs on! One of the things that comes across very strongly is how powerful this positive visioning for the future is in drawing people in. And for me that's one of the most powerful things that any of us can do at this time - close your eyes and imagine what would your community look like if you had the future that you really want for your children? What would that look like? What would it feel like? What does it taste and smell like? What are you eating? What do you wear? What do the buildings look like? What are people doing in their days? How do they look when you look into their eyes? Those sorts of questions are really powerful, I think, for people to come out of the despair and have a sense that there could be another future. If we don't do that visioning and imagining the world we want, and then take steps towards it, we're going to get a world that somebody else wants. At a personal level, for most people, as they wake up or come into a realisation that the world's not going to carry on as it is today, initially it's often a very isolated place to be. It's so hard... I'm the crazy person in the room! And it's stressful and often painful. One of the really important things is to keep connecting with people who see that the change is coming because it helps support that in you. So that's one of the things that I think Transition really provides - a place for people who see that things are changing to connect with others who want to do something about it and whose choice on waking up is action, is to find ways of taking action. Because just to take action itself brings about a transformation, and it shifts that belief that I think is very pervasive in our world, that 'There's nothing that I can do as an individual.' But actually, if we don't do it as individuals, and even better as individuals who come together as groups, nothing's going to happen. 'Creating the world we want is a much more subtle but more powerful mode of operation than destroying the one we don't.' - Marianne Williamson Transition Town Totnes together with the year 7 students of Kevics Community College Totnes proudly present... ...presenting the news as they see it from 2030... The Totnes Evening News 2030.| News faster than you can watch it... Hello and welcome to TNS news - Totnes News Station. I'm your lead anchor Colin Parker. Tonight's top stories... Coldest weather since records began way back in 1802. We go over to our weather reporter Donald Carter for more information. We definitely wanted the ideas to be coming from them, and to be a genuine expression of what they'd learned, what they'd discovered. As soon as you introduce the idea of the future, a lot of what comes up in the collective consciousness is images of hoverboards and aliens, so it took a little bit of guidance. Recently there's been rumours that a group of fat middle-aged men have been found inside the castle. They've been using small children, many as young as eight, who with plastic forks have been digging for oil that has been found underneath the castle. There has been a very bad amount of oil in this country for the past 20 or so years. People tell stories about their schools, about celebrity culture, all sorts of wonderful wild ideas. I see, but what about your clothes? Surely they must be made by machines? We pressed them ourselves with material made by blind nuns in Austria. To envision something positive, we show the possibility of how it could be different and then find ways of moving towards it. That feels absolutely essential to what Transition Tales was about, about the power of storytelling, really. Stories shape the way that we act. There are probably three dominant cultural stories about the future and where we're headed. One is the sort of 'business-as-usual' - everything tomorrow will basically look like today but maybe slightly different, maybe bigger and faster and shinier. And the second is apocalypse, 'We're all doomed, we're all going to hell!' There are many manifestations of that throughout the media of course. And the third is this idea that technology will solve all our problems and maybe ultimately we'll end up with Star Trek or something like exploring the universe. And so what we're trying to do is build a fourth vision, a Transition vision, which is about a more localised, resilient future in which we avoid the worst of peak oil and climate change, the worst consequences of those, and move into a future where we have lots of people living lower energy lives but much much more satisfying lives, much more fulfilling lives. 'We can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.'| Albert Einstein Transition Newent - England - Oil Memorial Well, the reason for making the oil memorial was to try and get people to understand in the school just how much was dependent on oil. The children were going by and I'd say, 'What's plastic made of?' And they'd say, 'Plastic!' And I'd say, 'Yes, no, but what is plastic?' Very few people seem to realise how much oil is involved. Fertilizers, weedkillers, medicines... Endless, endless lists of things that we take for granted are actually oil-dependent. This gets a bit tricky after a while, it's getting quite tight. If the world didn't have oil, it would be less polluted but we wouldn't be able to go on holidays. We should be using less oil so we can save a bit more than we are at the moment. It's just fun getting people involved in making something, with a message, just to celebrate the incredible achievements that oil has brought for us, then to turn it into a memorial to say goodbye to it! 'Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.' Margaret Mead Transition Town Tooting - England Trashcatchers' Carnival We're starting a process today which is very exciting, because in a year's time we're working up to having a big trashcatchers' carnival in Tooting. Using recycling as a metaphor to enable people to start to imagine their relationship with their community and with the planet. We're going to use the material that they bring with them and transform it into something beautiful. Trashcatcher Tooting, Trashcatcher Tooting everyone, Trashcatcher Tooting, You just gotta trashcatch in Tooting! What you're seeing here, seeing now, people who have never really thought about the environment, people who've not really looked at their own faith and all the faiths in Tooting. If you look at the scriptures and the teachings of the various prophets, they all talk about loving the earth, about respecting the earth, respecting the environment. And the walk was all about that. I suspect that Transition Town Tooting, TTT, will be different from a Transition Town in Bristol or even in east London or even in west London or even in parts of Wandsworth. That uniqueness will give it its strength, because you can't impose upon Tooting a Transition Town model from another part of the country. That's why it takes time, and that's why you've got to have patience. It's brought awareness, because most of the children did not know about Transition Town Tooting. Today I think it's been wonderful that they were all round to witness this. I think it's great! Every event I've been to with Transition Town, every meeting I've been to, it's always positive. If you're going to inspire young people, you've got to be positive. If you're going to inspire first-generation immigrants, people for whom English isn't their first language, you've got to be optimistic. If you're going to gel and integrate people who've lived cheek by jowl for maybe many many years but not necessarily mixed properly, you've got to be optimistic. Transition Town Tooting is very optimistic. TRANSPORT Transport groups set up car share schemes and explore ways to make transport radically more sustainable... Transition Penwith - England | Eco Car I've been involved with Transition Penwith, down here in west Cornwall, for the last two or three years. We operate a fleet of electric cars and vans, which we've been using in different projects. Cornwall's a big tourist destination so we hope to get people to arrive by more sustainable means, namely the train, and then use an electric vehicle while they're here for part of their transport for their daily excursions. Electric cars are very efficient because most of the energy you put into them gets translated into movement. In a normal car, a petrol car or diesel car, you lose a lot of the energy as sound and heat. A modern diesel engine may get to 50% efficiency, so you're losing half the energy that's contained in the fuel. Electric cars can be about 90% efficient. The effective CO2 emissions of the car, based on dirty energy, so that's from coal, from gas-fired power stations, this is still only half the emissions of a comparable car. But having said that, there's no point using these cars unless you're going to use green energy, renewable energy. So while these cars are very efficient, very clean, it's not just a case of saying, 'Let's replace all the cars out there with electric cars and we've solved the problem.' It's a case of saying, 'OK, let's try to avoid driving solo, let's try and car-share, and also think a bit more about what kind of journeys we're making, and try and consolidate all those errands and frivolous trips into one journey. What I think is powerful about the Transition movement is it's starting to bring together people who have got the right ideas, who have got the vision to do the right thing, if you like. But it is quite a young movement and so, frustratingly, there is a certain lag in making some of these ideas a reality. But what I think is really powerful is that the powers-that-be - the councils, the government - are starting to appreciate that the Transition movement and more importantly the people within it, because that's what is the most powerful thing, are starting to make a lot of sense. So what maybe only 18 months ago was a very Transition idea, is starting to be very much more mainstream. GOVERNMENT Transition groups also work productively with their local governments, & now local authorities are actually becoming Transition Local Authorities... North Norfolk - England | Local Area Partnership Meeting I'm hoping that Rob will inspire the representatives who have come today to hear him speak, to take up the mantle of the Transition Towns as a project which all our market towns can adopt in unison with each other. We're moving from a time when our consumption of fossil fuels, be it oil or gas, is the key factor in our economic success, our sense of wellbeing, our personal prowess, to a time when our dependency on fossil fuels is our degree of vulnerability. That's the key message, I think, for today. The whole sense of a town being in transition from what it is today to what it could become tomorrow, in terms of resilience, is the thing that really captured my imagination and made it exciting for me. This idea of resilience is really important. Resilience is the ability of a community or an individual or a settlement or a nation to withstand a shock from the outside. How do we design into our towns and settlements and cities the ability to adapt and change quickly and to become much more responsive to what's happening around them? What we've developed so far is the Transition bit, which is the grassroots model, the bottom-up model. So it's fascinating to start exploring what it looks like when a local authority starts to come the other way. Then really you start to move to what actually local democracy was always intended to be about, where the community's driving things, making decisions, having a vision, driving things forward, and the local authority's role is to facilitate and enable that. Actually, there is the potential in this to create something really quite extraordinary. And there is potential within addressing these issues for an economic, social and cultural renaissance the likes of which we have never seen. There's something about the Transition idea which is really sticky, and it sticks itself onto all kinds of different things. You see that all over the place. People just get it and go, 'Oh I see, oh OK...' This is a process which acts as a catalyst. This isn't a process that comes along with all the answers in a little box and opens up the box and just gets them all out. This is a process that you start, and you catalyse, and you have no idea where it's going to go or what's going to come out of it. What does a local authority look like whose development plan for the next 20 years is based on the end of the age of cheap oil, on cutting carbon by 9% a year like we actually are going to need to? What does that look like? It's an enormous question. But what's really exciting is today I think we've sowed the seeds of people starting to ask those questions. A council can endorse something and then it goes from being alternative and hippy and slightly subversive to actually becoming mainstream. I think that our role is to say that this isn't weird, this stuff, this is something which makes sense. And actually if you can change your quality of life and reduce the amount of time you spend travelling and all those things, I think there are so many other benefits and this needs to be mainstream. I think what we've decided is first of all some policies to embed Transition Towns into everything that we do. It's double underlining the idea of Transition Towns in every action. North Norfolk should not be either flat, flooded or forgotten, and I think today we've put it back on the map and we're going to make sure that it isn't any of those three. I think the work that local authorities are doing, the work of the Transition Towns movement, all that work is incredibly important. It's incredibly important in itself, because it makes people in local areas change the way they live, change their area for the better. But it is also important because it signs people up and gets them involved in a bigger idea. We all have to pull closer together and work with each other, because I think there's a lot of isolation, a lot of people are quite isolated and quite scared. I think it's the war spirit - we'll all pull together and we'll get through this together. It's an extraordinary time to be alive. It's the most exciting, terrifying time of great opportunity. I feel that there are doors opening in the world and that whatever we can imagine individually and as groups, as communities, whatever we dare to imagine is really possible now. And now it's 2066. I feel really proud to have been part of that. We turned it around when most people thought we didn't have a chance. Lots of small changes, all coming together, all over the world. That changed everything. IN FOOD IN EDUCATION IN ECONOMY IN TRANSPORT IN BUILDING IN GOVERNMENT IN ENERGY IN TRANSITION IN TRANSITION| From oil dependence to local resilience IN TRANSITION 1.0 | From oil dependence to local resilience To find out if where you live is 'In Transition' visit:| If it isn't... here's how to get started: - Organise a public screening of this film. - Gather audience contact details and invite them to a meeting. - Download and follow the Transition Primer. - Learn from other initiatives. (It should feel more like a party than a protest.) Version 2.0 of 'In Transition' will be compiled in 2010 from the footage you send us. To find out more visit cast made with generous support from: Special thanks to the following for their contribution: and thanks also to: and all those who have worked to make this world a better place music animation script online editor, graphics and dubbing production manager camera and executive producer researcher, editor and director Produced by Smith & Watson for|The Transition Network | (c) The Transition Network 2009

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Duration: 49 minutes and 28 seconds
Country: United Kingdom
Language: English
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Posted by: translating.transition on Apr 8, 2010

The first movie about the Transition Movement.

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