The Transition Canada site is a portal to all things related to Transition Town activities in Canada. It is intended to inform those new to the movement and to facilitate connection. Transition Canada is not a site one can join as a member, that is done at the local initiative level.
The Transition Town movement began in the town of Totnes, England in 2005. As of July 2011 there are 374 official Transition initiatives world wide, including over 40 in Canada.
The Transition Movement was created to organize positive action to prepare for two major changes we believe are coming sooner rather than later.
- Peak Oil – oil will become increasingly expensive, effecting every aspect of our lives. Significantly, oil powers the global economy in the form of fuel for air, ship, train and truck transportation. As transport becomes a prohibitive cost, the decades long trend towards globalization will reverse.
- Climate Change – changes will effect different regions in different ways but there will be significant changes in every region. The primary effect in the Western North America region will be less precipitation, effecting river flows (hydro-electric power), food production and drinking water supplies.
We expect these issues to become critical problems this decade. Also, they will be exacerbated by population growth and demographic shifts, environmental degradation and economic instability.
The Transition Movement’s response to these challenges is to foster resilience through a strategy of relocalization. Resilience is the capacity of a system to absorb disturbance and reorganize while undergoing change, so as to still retain essentially the same function, structure and identity. Relocalization means shifting production, transport and consumption patterns to within geographic limits that that can be sustained without the use of fossil fuels.
Another key element of the Transition Movement is the belief that success requires coordinated action at the community level.
If we act as individuals, it will be too little.
If we wait for governments, it will be too little, too late.
If we act as communities, it might be just enough, just in time.
Although individual members may have strong opinions with regards to politics, religion or other social or economic systems, the Transition Town movement is not formally aligned with any political party, religion or other similar organization. It is however one of our strategic initiatives to increase awareness and action by working with all of them.
From the community of Whidbey Island in Washington State, here is an excellent video introducing you to the vision of what a Transition Town initiative can look like in your community.