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Transitioning Towards Self-Empowered and Earth Friendly Communities: The Mid-Atlantic Example

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Author's Note. Pamela's Transition work deals with the most populous area of the United States, the New York-DC bite. My deepest hope for this article is that readers learn about Transition Initiatives in their area if they live in this area. If they don't, I hope it entices a reader to research initiatives in their area and perhaps even get trained and begin an Initiative in his or her area.

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Transition is a community response to climate change, resource depletion and economic turbulence. Transition hubs exist throughout the world, including the United States. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S94Owhn2fIM
Transition Town was first developed in Totnes, England in 2006. Within a short period of time, Transition initiatives sprang up throughout the world. The reader can determine if there is an initiative close to her via this url: http://www.transitionus.org/transition-towns

The following youtube video will provide a great introduction to the movement (8 minutes long). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tuYSDUflfts

Transition projects utilize the following seven principles:

Seven Principles of Transition

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1. Positive Visioning

Transition Initiatives are based on a dedication to the creation of tangible, clearly expressed and practical visions of the community in question beyond its present-day dependence on fossil fuel.

2. Help People Access Good Information & Trust Them to Make Good Decisions

Transition Initiatives dedicate themselves, through all aspects of their work, to raising awareness of peak oil, climate change and economic instability. Transition Initiatives focus on telling people the closest version of the truth that we know in times when the information is deeply contradictory.

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3. Inclusion and Openness

Successful Transition Initiatives need an unprecedented coming together of the broad diversity of society. They dedicate themselves to ensuring that their decision-making processes and their working groups embody principles of openness and inclusion. (Similar to Rob Kall's notion of "bottom-up" governance).

This principle also refers to the ideal of each initiative reaching the community in its entirety, and endeavoring, from an early stage to engage their local business community, the diversity of community groups and local government authorities. It makes explicit the principle that there is no room for "them and us" thinking in the challenge of energy descent planning.

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Burl is an avid writer and publishes to OpEd News. He is author of "Sophia's Web: A Passionate Call to Heal Our Wounded Nature." As of this writing, Burl is planning to self-publish the book. Alongside his wife, Burl co-hosts an on line radio (more...)
 

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