What is a Transition Initiative?

Read 12 Steps to Embarking on your Transition Journey & check out our own Strategic Plan for more info.

What is GETI?

GETI is part of a global grassroots movement 

supporting citizen action toward reducing oil dependence and building local community resilience and ecological sustainability.

There are currently:

  • 480 official Transition Initiatives 
  • in 47 countries
  • 29 initiatives in Canada
  • 10 in BC 
  • ...and over 650 more in the works! 

For more information about the Transition movement in general, please check out the Transition Towns and Transition Culture.

 

 

Teach Yourself!

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Read 12 Key Steps to Embarking on Your Transition Journey to find out how you can start up a transition movement in your own home and community.

 

Get involved with GETI!

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Have a desire to advance ecological sustainability, community self-reliance, and social well-being in Maple Ridge & PItt Meadows? To grow more food? To connect with others in your community to create positive local responses to things like climate disruption, depletion of natural resources, and economic instability?

Check out our Groups and get involved with the ones that interest you. Or start your own!
 

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What exactly is a transition town?

A Transition Initiative (which could be a town, village, university or island etc) is a community-led response to the pressures of climate change, fossil fuel depletion and increasingly, economic contraction. There are thousands of initiatives around the world starting their journey to answer this crucial question:

"for all those aspects of life that this community needs in order to sustain itself and thrive, how do we significantly rebuild resilience (to mitigate the effects of Peak Oil and economic contraction) and drastically reduce carbon emissions (to mitigate the effects of Climate Change)?"
Here's how it all appears to be evolving...
It all starts off when a small collection of motivated individuals within a community come together with a shared concern: how can our community respond to the challenges, and opportunities, of Peak Oil, Climate Change, and increasingly, economic stagnation? They recognize several crucial points:
- to a certain degree, we all experience a life disconnected from our living environment, disconnected from our communities and disconnected from our landbase;
- that our energy-profligate ways of living have depleted our resource base to critical levels;
- that we used immense amounts of creativity, ingenuity and adaptability on the way up the energy upslope, and that there's no reason for us not to do the same on the downslope;
- that we have to act now, rather than wait for the government or "someone else";
- if we collectively plan and act early enough there's every likelihood that we can create a way of living that's significantly more connected, more vibrant and more in touch with our environment than the oil-addicted treadmill that we find ourselves on today.
They begin by forming an initiating group and then adopt the Transition Model with the intention of engaging a significant proportion of the people in their community to kick off a Transition Initiative that is asking the BIG question:
"for all those aspects of life that this community needs in order to sustain itself and thrive, how do we significantly increase resilience (to mitigate the effects of Peak Oil) and drastically reduce carbon emissions (to mitigate the effects of Climate Change)?"
They then usually do a few activities:
- awareness raising around peak oil, climate change and the need to undertake a community lead process to rebuild resilience and reduce carbon;
- connecting with existing groups, including local government, in the community;
- forming groups to look at all the key areas of life (food, energy, transport, health, heart & soul, economics & livelihoods, etc);
- kicking off practical projects aimed at building people's understanding of resilience and carbon issues and community engagement;
- engage in a community-wide visioning process to identify the future we want for ourselves rather than waiting for someone else to create a future that we won't like;
- eventually launch a community defined, community implemented "Energy Descent Action Plan" over a 15 to 20 year timescale.
This results in a co-ordinated initiative across all these areas of life that strives both to rebuild the resilience we've lost as a result of cheap oil and also to reduce the community's carbon emissions drastically.
Cheerful Disclaimer!
Just in case you were under the impression that Transition is a process defined by people who have all the answers, you need to be aware of a key fact.
We truly don't know if this will work. Transition is a social experiment on a massive scale.
What we are convinced of is this:
-if we wait for the governments, it'll be too little, too late;
- if we act as individuals, it'll be too little;
- but if we act as communities, it might just be enough, just in time.
Everything that you read on this site is the result of real work undertaken in the real world with community engagement at its heart. There's not an ivory tower in sight, no professors in musty oak-panelled studies churning out erudite papers, no slavish adherence to a model carved in stone.
This website, just like the transition model, is brought to you by people who are actively engaged in transition in a community. People who are learning by doing - and learning all the time. People who understand that we can't sit back and wait for someone else to do the work. People like you, perhaps...

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