Perhaps the most realistic and practical approach to preparing for local impacts of climate change is the Transition Towns model being adopted widely across Great Britain. As the movement describes its purpose:

The transition model emboldens communities to look peak oil and climate change squarely in the eye and unleash the collective genius of their own people to find the answers to this big question:

for all those aspects of life that this community needs in order to sustain itself and thrive, how are we going to:

  • significantly rebuild resilience (in response to peak oil)
  • drastically reduce carbon emissions (in response to

On April 2, I blogged about using the wiki platform for local and inter-local organization. Recently, the Transition Towns networked moved its online activity to a wiki platform where its registered members can now collaboratively author web pages to plan and coordinate their initiatives. On this page you’ll find a list of designated transition town communities. Totnes is considered the “flagship” of the movement. Its web site is not a wiki, but gives a good overview of what a truly active community can be. There are also about 600 local communities “mulling it over” – communicating with Transition Towns about the possibility of joining the movement.

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How timely. This article on Transition Towns just got published and distributed by the Yorkshire Post.

The trends toward new climate are steepening, and Al has renewed his presentation with this fresh, passionate talk at last month’s TED conference. In it he speaks to the need for us to make changes at the political level, to insist that our government respect the urgency of the situation and act to immediately reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

The facts about the climate speak for themselves. But we now have an opportunity to be the generation – the people living on earth at this critical juncture – that can take the actions required to reverse the catastrophic trends. We don’t want a new climate; we want to keep the one that has allowed so much life to thrive on the planet for so long.

Take a look. It’s stirring stuff, straight from the heart.