Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Without cheap oil you wouldn't be reading this book now.
Rob Hopkins was born in London in tumultuous 1968, the year of Prague Spring, the beginning of Ulster's "Troubles," and rioting assassination and abdication in the United States. He came of age with the collapse of the Soviet Empire. He is the author of the Transition movement, an effort to deal with the end of cheap fossil fuels by cultivating resilience in communities.
The idea of the Transition Movement is that peak oil, global warming, and various other serious challenges will inevitably change the global economy, and that the best way to affect the nature of that change is locally, by strengthening communities. Specifics necessarily come from individual communities, but some strategies are:
* Community gardens;
* Learning skills that we have largely abandoned because of abundant high-quality fuel;
* 100% recycling;
* Obtaining supplies locally;
* Getting to know our neighbors;
* Local currencies.
Many in the movement believe that living post-peak will be more fulfilling and enjoyable than the alienation and stress of the consumer economy.
In 2005 Transition came out of a class project in 2005 when Hopkins was a permaculture instructor at the Kinsale Further Education College in Kinsale, Ireland. He went on to co-found Transition Town Totnes in Totnes, Devon, England, and to publish The Transition Handbook. He gardens in Totnes and blogs at http://transitionculture.org.