A presentation by Paul Shelton, Convenor of Transition Australia and a panel discussion with transition leaders from Transition Margaret River, Transition Bondi, Transition South Barwon and Transition Tamar.
What if we thought of a city, a community or village as an ecosystem? One where there are flows of energy, food and waste that circulate around the system and are influenced by the provision of education, housing, transport, finance and entertainment.
What if a group in this system became acutely aware of this ecosystem's hard limits to growth? An awareness that made them confront the reality that their addiction to consumption, expansion and waste was unsustainable. That the only option was a more low-energy, localised existence. What would that group do?
This is what Transition culture is about. It applies the foundations of permaculture and systems thinking to provide a holistic framework to how areas can become localised, resilient and interdependent. In effect it's about local solutions to the global problems of climate change and limits to growth.
This session will explore Transition Towns at the national, regional and local level. It will delve into the importance of positive vision to drive action, the central need to work in new ways that highlight cooperation and interdependence and the parallel requirement for inner transition to build resilient change systems. We'll see what this looks like in action in regional, rural, online and urban settings and flag key actions to amplify local solutions to global problems.