The Transition Town movement began in England six years ago, in response to the growing awareness that there were going to be very big changes ahead for the human race.
They include the ending of the age of cheap oil, and the effects of climate change would mean vulnerability in food supply and increasing costs of almost everything.
Now in 2011 we can add to these a growing awareness of the financial crisis and huge debt loads, leading to loss of jobs as well as increasing prices of many commodities.
We are becoming somewhat numb to all these unthinkable scenarios, but waiting to be blindsided by inevitable change will not serve us well.
The Transition Town movement presents an alternative — a vision of a world in which people take some control of their future by working together.
Communities all over the world have launched their own Transition Towns, large and small, urban and rural, including Victoria, Vancouver, Salt Spring Island, Denman Island, Cowichan Valley and Powell River.
This is a truly grassroots movement, generating creative solutions to being dependent on increasingly expensive transportation costs, focusing on what can be done locally.
Rebuilding local agriculture, localizing energy production, relearning lost skills so that we can build or make things ourselves, consume less, mend and reuse, and ultimately live a simpler, and more self-reliant life — these goals have energized thousands of people and helped communities begin now to prepare for their future.
TT Comox Valley seeks to answer the question: How can we make our community stronger and happier as we deal with the impacts of peak oil and economic contraction while at the same time reducing CO2 emissions?
Transition Town Comox Valley is holding its first public meeting and inviting anyone interested in being part of the global preparation for change.
The meeting is Oct. 11 from 7 to 9 p.m., in the Lower Native Sons hall.
For more information, and to register for the first meeting, visit www.transitiontowncv.org or call 250-898-9045.
— Transition Town Comox Valley