The Transition Handbook
We live in an oil-dependent world, arriving at this level of dependency in a very short space of time by treating petroleum as if it were in infinite supply. Most of us avoid thinking about what happens when oil runs out (or becomes prohibitively expensive), but "The Transition Handbook" shows how the inevitable and profound changes ahead can have a positive outcome.
These changes can lead to the rebirth of local communities that will grow more of their own food, generate their own power, and build their own houses using local materials. They can also encourage the development of local currencies to keep money in the local area.
The Transition Handbook provides an understanding of what's at stake and practical tips to start and develop a Transition Initiative. As of July 2009, there are over 200 "official" transition towns in 15 countries around the world, with hundreds more in early stages. They provide valuable experience and lessons-learned for those of us on this side of the Atlantic. With little proactive thinking at the governmental level, communities are taking matters into their own hands and acting locally.
If your town is not a transition town, this upbeat guide offers you the tools for starting the process.
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