Our name invites a few questions, the most obvious of which is this: What’s this about transition? Transition from what to what? Leaving the long answer to another time, here’s a short answer:
- fossil fuel dependence,
- ecological degradation,
- global economic instability, and
- social disconnection
and the transition TO
- low carbon life-styles,
- eco-system restoration,
- local living economies, and
- vital close-knit communities
This is a tall order. But the “Transition Town” movement (and it is a world-wide movement, with groups like ours in communities springing up nearly everywhere) is committed to a crucial principle:
This work is already being done — by scores of organizations and individuals all over the region. We already have local farmers selling the fruits of their labor in farm stands and farmers’ markets. We already have folks working on weatherizing homes and installing solar systems. We already have institutions whereby neighbors can help neighbors meet their needs for food, health care, transportation, tutoring, and so forth. And much, much more.
So where does STN fit in?
- First, by helping coordinate and publicize all these existing efforts, and maybe planting seeds for a few new initiatives, too.
- Second, by advancing our vision that these efforts each play a part in moving toward healthier communities in the future.
- Third, by connecting our local activities with similar local activities elsewhere, helping us recognize that we belong to a worldwide transformative process.
STN is not a political organization, pushing a particular ideology or legislative agenda. Or rather: it is political, but in the original sense of the word: focusing on making the community stronger, more resilient, more able to sustain itself in the face of an uncertain future.
So, welcome to our web site. We invite you to participate in one or more of the initiatives described here. And we invite your views and comments.