Welcome to Brentford Transition – the transition group for the community in and around Brentford, facilitating the changes our community must make to meet the challenges of climate change and energy supply.
As at 1st July 2011, there is a new ‘mulling‘ initiative in Brentford – Brentford in Transition which began with a start-up meeting in January. For general information about the Transitions movement see www.TransitionNetwork.org or the Brentford sub-page.
The Transition Town movement (now transition initiatives) began in Kinsale, Co. Cork, Eire in 2005 and in Totnes, Devon, England in 2006 as a response to the concept of Peak Oil and the now urgent need to reduce our dependence on oil, excessive energy consumption and unnecessary transportation.
This movement has now spread rapidly worldwide with probably in excess of 500 initiatives in the UK alone and more than 1000 worldwide. Apart from ‘peak oil’ (if not peak everything), key concepts are localisation, economic resilience and self-reliance and especially a return to the production and use of locally sourced food, services and manufacturing. Another important influence has been the ideas of ‘permaculture’ and sustainable land use developed in Austria and Australia (funny that) in the 60’s and 70’s.
The Transition movement is also grounded in its own well defined principles which suggest that before the significant changes in individual and society’s behaviours required can be fully realised and sustained, an ‘inner transition’ is required or a ‘change of heart’ so that individuals are prepared to adopt more co-operative ways of working and ‘lower impact’ lifestyles – that’s quite an ambition!
Some of these ideas have been developed from ‘general systems theory’ and the work of Joanna Macy, especially ‘The Great Turning’, on post-industrial society. For some, people these ideas have a spiritual dimension and, for example, many Churches, Quaker meetings and other faith groups are actively involved in transition or sustainability initiatives. For others, it is simply a rational or humanist vision of choosing between impending disaster and a better world. (Armageddon or the Apocalypse is on offer if you prefer it that way!).