Faced with uncertain energy prices1 and climate change, our response is to build a stronger, more versatile community – a community with the capacity to adapt to whatever happens and where we can be happy and healthy. Making better use of local resources also means saving money - by growing more of our own food and by reusing and adapting stuff instead of throwing it away.
1 We used to say that Transition was about facing peak oil and climate change but it turns out peak oil is less of a problem, though energy prices are still very uncertain– see What about peak oil
We asked some of our members what they like about being a part of Transition Cambridge. This is what they said. (See also interviews with Transition members on the Transition Cambridge Media blog)
For me, enjoyment and learning are closely related so it's been great to expand my knowledge by interacting with like minded people. We have a lot of practical expertise within the group, which was very useful when it came to reducing my own carbon footprint, especially by making my own house more economical. Patrick O'Donohoe, Energy group
Essentially we are people who live or work in the Cambridge getting together to do stuff such as:
We’re doing this now because we want to – not waiting until we have to.
The way it works is, if you want to do something, you find some people who want to do it with you, plan together how to do it – and then do it. We can give you help you get started. In practice there are a few main groups – like the food group – that run or spawn off projects. Each group reports to the Hub which is a coordination group, meeting once a month. To get involved you can join a group or come straight to the hub with your idea.
The Transition movement started in Totnes back in 2006. Now its global https://www.transitionnetwork.org/initiatives/map
To see how it all started, have a look at the Transition Primer, the Transition Handbook (available from us or various bookshops including Heffers). For the latest news see the Transition Network website, and the Transition Culture website. There's also the "Who we are and what we do" document from the Transition Network.
The Transition Network is