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We are entering an era of unprecedented change, with a number of crises converging rapidly. Climate change, global economic instability, and the end of cheap, renewable fossil fuels will shape life in the 21st century. Global oil, gas and coal production is predicted to decline irreversibly in the next ten to twenty years, and severe climate changes are already taking effect around the world. The coming shocks are likely to be catastrophic if we do not prepare.  Our central task in the coming years, as individuals and as a species, is to transition away from the use of fossil fuels as peacefully, equitably, and intelligently as possible.

The Transition movement engages people and communities to take the far-reaching actions necessary to mitigate the effects of peak oil, climate change, and the economic crisis. Furthermore, these relocalization efforts are designed to result in a life that is more fulfilling, more socially connected, and more equitable than the one we have today.

The Transition concept is based on these principles and practices:

  • Peak Oil, Climate Change, and the Economic Crisis require urgent action.
  • Adaptation to a world with less oil is inevitable.
  • It’s better to plan and be prepared than be taken by surprise.
  • We have to act together and we have to act now.
  • Using our creativity and cooperation to unleash the collective genius within our local communities will lead to a more abundant, connected, and healthier future for all.

The Transition Town Movement.
To date there are 453 Transition Towns in 34 countries worldwide, with nearly 100 in the U.S. operating in 29 states.  The Transition Movement is comprised of vibrant, grassroots community initiatives that seek to build community resilience in the face of these challenges. Transition Initiatives differentiate themselves from other sustainability and environmental groups by seeking to mitigate these converging global crises by engaging their communities in home-grown, citizen-led education, action, and planning to increase local self-reliance and resilience.  Transition Initiatives work with deliberation and good cheer to create a fulfilling and inspiring local way of life that can withstand the shocks of rapidly shifting global systems.

It all starts when 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 the Economic Crisis? The team forms an initiating group and engages a significant proportion of the people within the community to kick off a Transition Initiative. They start working together to address this BIG question: 

For all those aspects of life that our community needs in order to sustain itself and thrive, how do we significantly increase resilience, drastically reduce carbon emissions, and strengthen our local economy?

For an excellent introduction to the Transition Movement, go to http://www.transitionus.org and view the film “In Transition” at http://vimeo.com/8029815  

Transition in the Capital District.
The Capital District Transition Network has been working since June 2010 to establish local Transition Initiatives. CDTN meets quarterly on the third Tuesday of March, June, September, and December at the downtown branch of the Albany Public Library.  For more information and conversation on Transition in the Capital District, sign up for our Google Group at http://groups.google.com/group/capital-district-transition-network  or contact Sandy Steubing at ssteub@gmail.com. Also, please get a copy of our flyer for a friend or as a handout for community meetings – see below.

To date, there are two Transition Initiatives in the region, Transition Troy and Transition Albany.

Transition Troy meets on the first non-holiday Sunday of each month. For information on Transition Troy, go to http://www.carbon-negative.us/T4T/ or contact Emily Rossier at emily.rossier@gmail.com  

Transition Albany meets monthly on the third Tuesday of each month at the downtown branch of the Albany Public Library at 7 PM. We usually meet at a local restaurant for a working dinner before the meeting.  For information on Transition Albany, contact David Hochfelder at dphochfelder@gmail.com


Transition Network Flyer:   Capitol District Transition Network 2 page Handout

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