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Heartwarming Rise of Transition Towns

I do not think you have to be worried about peak oil or global warming or the "end of civilization" to see that we need to become more locally sourced, self-sufficient, and off the grid to be happier and more fulfilled as human beings. I love this idea! Growing your own food is like growing money! It's free food. - Kate    

By Open
Contributing Writer for Wake Up World

Is your town a “Transition Town“? It’s an organisation led by individuals concerned that we really need to prepare ourselves for Peak Oil and the breakdown of civilisation; that we need to become more self-sustaining. As resources become increasingly challenged, rather than being hopelessly exposed to the global supply chain, we need to be more resilient and connected locally.

There’s precious little support for this philosophy from governments, so ordinary people are getting on with it themselves: forming cooperatives, sharing ideas and skills, low impact building, sourcing energy locally, of course growing our own food, bartering, but even going to the extent of establishing local currencies.

It’s time to inform ourselves and prepare for change…

I find this video totally heart-warming and uplifting. Often I find the new spiritual work can be tainted with glamour. To me, the Transition Towns Movement is anything but that. It is real spiritual revolution. It is about ordinary people everywhere standing up speaking authentically from the heart and voting through their actions. We are recognising society’s traditional leaders are failing us. People everywhere have lost patience with their leaders, but not patience for change.

With only ever 3-5 days food supply in the supermarket chains, we are taking up shovels and rakes. As the oil runs out, people are finding local ways of generating clean energy. As global currencies inexorably devalue against natural resources, we’re relearning to barter goods for services and to develop local currency with real value. We’re consuming less and in so doing, finding that life offers more. Much more!

That’s what I love about this video. It humbly depicts the changes ordinary people are beginning to make all across the world. People who are not waiting for the oil to run out before we do something about it. People who are not depending on governments or big business to tackle climate change. They are rolling up their sleeves and simply getting on with the job they know in their hearts needs to be done.