What is a town in transition?

Categories: Big picture
Published on: October 23, 2018

Transition Town Peterborough / Newsletter / October 2018

It’s a community transitioning from an economy ruled and determined only by The Market and its drive for endless growth toward one that lives from its own inner resilience, more and more reliant on local production and consumption of life essentials.

It’s a way of thinking, away from destruction of community life and the natural world it depends on. It’s a move from self-centred individualism to a humanness once more living within Nature and her limits.

Transition Towns are in the forefront of those preparing for the changes ahead. Transitioners understand that the climate-changed future is hugely unpredictable and unstable. They feel keenly the dilemma of our daily life dependence on a dominant economic system that is threatening that very life with its insistence on unending material consumption and use of fossil fuels.

Transitioners see Authority coming not from wealth, social position and politics power but emerging from the insight, creativity, and practicality found in a “sense of the whole community” as it reconnects living with and in Nature’s ways and laws.

A town in Transition is hopeful. Not with a naive optimism about a super techno-future but with a clear-eyed, honest look at present reality, and preservation of an essential, life-giving contact with Nature and her lessons.