Transition town

The Town Council votes for Transition!

On 30th September 2015 the following motion was passed by Abingdon Town Council:

“This council notes that fossil fuels are not expected to remain viable by the end of this century.

Council therefore resolves to support the transition town initiative which seeks to facilitate a community led response to changes in energy production and use.

This council agrees it has a responsibility to reduce its energy usage. Council will therefore take an energy audit of all of its services; will reduce carbon emissions by 20% by 2020; will aim to be Carbon Neutral by 2030 by following a programme of energy reduction, carbon offsetting within our own town, and using renewable energy.”

The motion was proposed by Samantha Bowring and seconded by Pat Lonergan.

What is the Transition Town Movement?

In 1977 EF Shumacher wrote “Can we rely on it that a ‘turning around’ will be accomplished by enough people quickly enough to save the modern world?” You can read his answer, and quotes from other thinkers who predated the Transition Movement here: Transition Quotes

In October 2013 the Mayor of Abingdon launched Abingdon-on-Thames formally as a community in Transition.

Rob Hopkins, the founder of the Transition Movement, sent a message to Abingdon. You can read more about Rob Hopkins on Wikipedia.

Abingdon Mayor Samantha Bowring introduces a message from Transition founder Rob Hopkins at Abingdon’s Eco Fair, October 2013

“Transition” is…

–      a growing national & international network of communities

–      a community response to the challenge of shrinking supplies of cheap oil, and climate change

–      encouraging a change from our current way of living to a local self-sustaining economy. 

And here’s another definition:

Transition – Moving to a Sustainable Future.

Our planet really is in danger. We must move to a different way of living – in response to:
• serious changes in the climate
• the end of readily available cheap oil
• the dominance and power of multinational companies
• the growing world population
• the dangers of manipulation of our food
• making use of solar, wind and waves for power

If we wait for governments, it will be too little, too late.

If we act as individuals, it will be too little.
If we act as communities, it might just be enough, just in time.