Transition Ottawa

Building Community Resilience Through Action

Transition Ottawa FAQs

What are the objectives of Transition Ottawa?

Collective transition to joyous sustainable living.

Does Transition Ottawa cover just the core city, or does it include outlying areas?

We are considering the Ottawa bioregion - the south side of the Ottawa river water shed as a potential area. Within this area, there may be many smaller transition towns or districts

Is Transition Ottawa affiliated with any political party?

No. The transition movement is more about people taking their own initiatives, embarking on projects and endeavours that make a difference in their own neighborhoods and local areas. Transition Ottawa exists to support and encourage networking among these grassroots efforts, not to support any political party. Indeed, those passionate and committed about the transition concept come from all political flavours. If a movement grows to have Ottawa considered formally as a transition town, there will be a requirement to liaise and interact with municipal Councils.

What is a Transition Town?

A town collectively meeting the challenges of peak oil and climate change

How does a municipality become formally recognized as a Transition Town?

To become a 'formal' transition town, a set of criteria has to be met, as judged by the Transition Town network in the UK, including the establishment of a steering committee that understands the twin issues of climate change and peak oil, and a commitment to network groups around the city and other transition towns. Here is a more detailed look at the criteria.

Are there other Transition Towns in Canada?

Yes! And the number is growing all the time.

How can I participate?

You might start by sensing what contributions or services you would most like to bring out of yourself, and what transitions you most would like to see here in Ottawa. What makes you feel enthusiastic? You might add your energy to an already existing group, or to start a new group. For example, you might like to initiate certain directions in your neighbourhood, or join forces with people who already are taking these directions. You may have a passion for urban gardening, biking, or solar energy that you would like to share.

What will Ottawa look like after it's transitioned?

It depends what we choose. How about vegetables growing where lawns used to be, solar heating becoming the norm, extensive cycle paths, street parties, roof top gardens, farmers markets where jams, crafts or surplus vegetables can be traded, a way quieter city since our remaining vehicles are electric, glass passive solar south faces on houses, you know by name and face everyone on your street, time for us all to develop creativity, maintain good health, and have fun...

Is there any way to get rid of the big, annoying "What you can do right now" box that takes up so much room on the front page of the Transition Ottawa site?

Click on the 'x' in the corner of the box. It'll never reappear.

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