There are a lot of issues to be considered around the subject of sustainability, and the need for transition to new models for caring for the earth and all its inhabitants. Whether you lean to the left or the right, most people recognize that there is much to be concerned about our environment, economics, and society in general. There seems to be growing consensus that we have reached, or are close to reaching, peak production of oil on the planet – if nothing else, our dependency on foreign sources for energy is a concern to all of us. We are also past peak water availability in many places, climate change is at least a serious consideration, and other environmental concerns are evident everywhere.
In addition the US economy has taken the biggest hit since the great depression and the world economy is struggling everywhere. If that is not enough, our culture has lost most sense of community and polarization of the population is fueled by the corporate owned media – the right against the left. Assumptions and accusations are thrown around like litter in the streets while people seem to grow farther and farther from their empathetic connection.
In the midst of this, one of the most hopeful grass roots developments is emerging. Transition Town is a movement to bring neighbors together to work hand in hand for change. This movement, regardless of politics or religion, is helping neighbors relocalize their economy, take control of their food sources, reduce dependencies on foreign oil and, best of all, build a sense of community and hope that needs revitalization.
Check out these links for more information and to find the Transition Town initiative in your area: