Who We Are
Transition Albany is proud to be part of a growing global grassroots movement to create a sustainable future. Over 400 communities around the globe have launched Transition Towns, including over 100 in the U.S. We began as the Capital District Transition Network in May of 2010 and have since grown into more local initiatives which are still coordinated within CDTN.
Here in Albany, we host events to raise awareness of the environmental and economic problems we are facing, and seek to engage citizens to take part in finding community-based solutions to these challenges.
The Transition concept is a proactive, positive, forward thinking approach to the realities of our future. Peak oil and climate change, combined, demand that we rethink virtually every aspect of our modern world, and that we begin to mobilize this Transition immediately.
We believe that climate change, peak oil, and economic instability are three global challenges that we will face in the 21st century. In the near future, forecasts are for great change:
- changes in the predictable weather patterns which humanity has counted on for centuries;
- vast changes in our energy supply, particularly oil and gas where we are now delving into the harder-to-get-to half of our planetary supplies;
- significant contraction of economic markets which have been built up upon the presumption of a cheap, abundant, ever-expanding supply of fossil fuels;
- inevitable shifts in our transportation habits which call into question the feasibility of globalization;
- resultant changes in food supplies, water supplies, civil stability, and more.
The Transition movement declares that a future with less fossil fuels could be better than what we have now - IF we consciously design it to be that way. Transition seeks to move society from our current high-power, high-consumption lifestyle toward our inevitable lower-powered future. The Transition model includes relocalization of our lifestyle habits, rebuilding our local economic base, reconnecting our local communities, and retraining people in the skills of a power-down life (a lifestyle that uses less oil, less gas, less electricity, less energy overall). We believe that we already have many of the knowledge, skills, and resources to do so—we seek to connect and expand upon them.
We will work to make Transition Albany a full-fledged Transition Initiative by the end of 2014. After a city-wide Great Unleashing, we will harness the collective genius of the community to design an Energy Descent Action Plan that will help us achieve a more satisfying, less energy-intensive future.
1. Positive Visioning
Transition Towns create tangible, clearly expressed, and practical visions of the community beyond its present day dependence on fossil fuel. We don’t campaign against things—we seek to build a joyful, abundant, less energy-intensive future.
2. Trust Ourselves to Make Good Decisions
Transitioneers dedicate ourselves, through all aspects of our work, to raising awareness of peak oil, climate change, and the benefits of sustainable development. We present this information in ways that are playful, accessible, and engaging. We want to empower and inspire our communities.
3. Inclusion and Openness
We can meet the global challenges of the next few decades if we all work together as a joyful, united community. We ensure that our decision-making and work embody principles of openness and inclusion. There is no room for “us and them” in our future.
4. Share and Connect
Transitioneers share our successes, failures, insights, and connections, so we can build up a collective body of experience.
5. Build Resilience
We stress the fundamental importance of building resilience, i.e. the capacity of our businesses and communities to withstand shock. Transition initiatives commit to building resilience across a wide range of areas (food, economics, energy, etc.) and also on a range of scales (from the local to the national)—while also ensuring environmental resilience.
6. Inner and Outer Transition
The challenges we face are not just caused by our technologies, but are a direct result of our world view and belief system. The impact of the information about the state of our planet can generate fear and grief—which may underlie the state of denial that many people are caught in. This principle also honors the fact that Transition thrives because it enables and supports people to do what they are passionate about, what they feel called to do.
Transitioneers do not centralize or control decision making. We believe in open and flexible decision making that models the ability of natural systems to self-organize.
Note: Contact Sandy Steubing (Transition Albany Scribe) with comments or questions via comments to this blog (public comments) or privately by email.