What is a Transition Community or Town?

Transition Mayfield is part of an much wider international movement of transition communities which have formed over recent years. Typically transition communities arise when a collection of motivated indivduals came together with a shared concern: how can our community respond to the challenges and opportunities of Peak Oil and Climate Change?

These individuals form a small, core group which has the intention of engaging a significant proportion of the people in their community to kick off a Transition Initiative.

A Transition Initiative is a community working together to look Peak Oil and Climate Change squarely in the eye and address this BIG question:

"for all those aspects of life that this community needs in order to sustain itself and thrive, how do we significantly increase resilience (to mitigate the effects of Peak Oil) and drastically reduce carbon emissions (to mitigate the effects of Climate Change)?"

The community then goes through a comprehensive and creative process of:

  • awareness raising around peak oil, climate change and the need to undertake a community lead process to rebuild resilience and reduce carbon;
  • connecting with existing groups in the community;
  • building bridges to local government;
  • connecting with other transition initiatives;
  • forming groups to look at the key areas of life (food, energy, transport, health, heart and soul, economics and livelihoods, etc);
  • kicking off projects aimed at building people's understanding of resilience and carbon issues and community engagement.

They recognise these two crucial points:

  • that we used immence amounts of creativity, ingenuity and adaptability on the way up the energy upslope, and that there is no reason for us not to do the same on the downslope;
  • if we collectively plan and act early enough there's every likelihood that we can create a way of living that's significantly more connected, more vibrant and more in touch with our environment than the oil-addicted treadmill that we find ourselves on today. 
For the first two years, Transition Mayfield followed this same process of public meetings, workshops, bridge building and kicking off local projects. Because of the environment in which we live and the expertise of the core group, we decided to have local food and energy as the two key areas of life on which we would initially focus.

[Source: Transitions Town WIKI]