The main aim is to raise awareness of sustainable living and build local resilience in the near future. Communities are encouraged to find ways of reducing energy usage as well as increasing their own self reliance a slogan of the movement is Food feet, not food miles!
Spend local, grow local
While the focus and aims remain the same, the methods used to achieve these vary. For example, like Brixton, Totnes in Devon has introduced its own local currency, the Totnes pound, which can be spent in local shops and businesses, helping to reduce food miles while also supporting local firms.
Other initiatives so far have included:
- creating community gardens to grow food
- waste exchange between businesses, which seeks to match the waste of one industry with another industry that uses this waste
- setting up a transition shop with “nothing on sale but lots on offer” – a place about ideas and creative activities rather than buying things.
Opportunities, not threats
Central to the Transition Town movement is the idea that life without oil could in fact be far more enjoyable and fulfilling than the present:
By shifting our mind-set we can actually recognise the coming post-cheap oil era as an opportunity rather than a threat, and design the future low carbon age to be thriving, resilient and abundant somewhere much better to live than our current alienated consumer culture based on greed, war and the myth of perpetual growth. Rob Hopkins, one of the founders of the transition concept