The founder of the Transition Towns movement answers criticism
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Around Australia many people have grown tired of waiting for governments to find solutions to the shock of climate change and peak oil, and have decided to look to their communities. Some of these communities call themselves Transition Towns.
There are Transition Towns in more than 20 regions around Australia and hundreds more in other developed nations.
They are trying to reduce reliance on fossil fuels, reduce waste and grow more of their own food using the principles of permaculture.
But can these local solutions really make a difference?
Dr Chris James warns that they are a way of opting out while consumer society carries on business as usual.
Rob Hopkins is a founder of the Transition Town movement in the UK. He defends that movement's agenda of finding new ways of living on a small, local scale.