At times, it appears that our civilization is disintegrating from the clash of the simultaneous events of economic collapse, climate change and the dwindling supply of cheap fossil fuel known as “Peak Oil.” What has taken decades for our culture to develop now seems at risk.
Most communities are hunkering down in an attempt to ride out this “perfect storm.” But a growing number of towns and cities are looking to their own uniqueness, their collective genius and their local resilience to thrive in its wake. Communities as disparate as Boulder, Colorado, Sarasota, Florida and Bedford, New York, are joining hundreds of others around the world in something called “The Transition Movement.”
The founder of the idea, Rob Hopkins, was a Permaculture teacher in the United Kingdom. A few years ago, when he heard about Peak Oil and climate change, he decided to apply Permaculture thinking—“positive, solution-based, design-led response”—to solve the problem. Rob focuses on the silver lining of the storm clouds and believes that a low-carbon world can be enticing.
The tenets of Transition are profound, and yet, profoundly simple; communities and regions focus on their inherent strengths and resilience, and become more self-reliant and less dependent on heavily globalized systems for food, energy, transportation, health and housing. Hasn’t Gardiner already begun the transition with its Community Supported Agriculture farms, Hamlet revitalization, Gardiner Day and open space preservation? It’s obvious that we have the uniqueness, collective genius and resilience to weather this storm.
A Transition spokesperson and trainer will deliver a keynote speech at SUNY New Paltz on Thursday evening, April 28th. For more info on The Transition Movement visit www.transition