Our Vision and Mission

Our Vision

Our local community becomes resilient and enjoys a collaborative, sustainable way of life both ecologically and economically.
 
 
Our Mission

Transition Brockville mobilizes our community to undertake collaborative initiatives leading to an ecologically and economically sustainable way of life for all through:

  • Knowledge sharing;
  • Promoting resilient lifestyle approaches;
  • Reducing energy and resource needs; and
  • Assuming responsibility for the stewardship of nature.

 
So what’s this all about?

It’s about local resilience and transition to a post-carbon world.

Transition Brockville (TB) works from the assumption, based on the balance of probabilities, that climate change, peak oil and economic dislocation are very real predicaments. Although the precise pace at which their impacts will arrive is unknowable, the trends are clear: increasing extreme weather events, disrupted global supply lines, and decreasing affordability of food and fuel.

We focus on local responses to provide relatively quick, tangible, self-reinforcing results. We believe that many of the steps taken to reduce our further impacts (mitigation) can also help our community deal with the changes already in the pipeline (adaptation). For example, in foregoing the car for short journeys, in favour of walking or cycling, we reduce carbon emissions, we save cash, we save fuel for more critical uses, and we increase our fitness level.

TB is not an official member of the Transition Network, but we share its concerns and support many of its approaches. Key features of Transition initiatives are their local focus and their community building efforts.
 
 
References

There are numerous think-tanks working on the triple predicament of resource depletion, climate change and economic disruption, eg. the Post-Carbon Institute, the Stockholm Resilience Centre, the Canadian Centre for Community Renewal and the Resilience Alliance.

Recent books on these topics include Peter Victor’s Managing Without Growth (2008), Richard Heinberg’s The End of Growth (2011), and Michael Lewis’ The Resilience Imperative (2012).

Related academic fields of study are steady-state economics and ecological economics. Leading writers on steady-state economics include Herman Daly, Paul Ekins, Thomas H. Greco, Michael Hudson, Tim Jackson, David Korten (of BALLE and Yes! Magazine), Mike Nickerson (spoke at our June 2007 meeting), Jonathon Porritt, James Gustave Speth, and Peter Victor (UofT). Ecological economics was founded in the works of Kenneth E. Boulding, Nicholas Georgescu-Roegen, Herman Daly, Robert Costanza, and William Rees, recently retired from UBC.

See also: Online Resources

Last updated: 2015-10-15

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