Despite the gloom surrounding climate change, peak oil and the economy—or perhaps because of it—people around the world are beginning to look towards new ways of living, in league with nature and in harmony with the planet. In towns and cities around the world, individuals, groups and communities are working towards this end. It's happening at the grassroots level. It's spontaneous. It's inspiring. It's full of hope. And it's growing.
In the Ottawa area alone, dozens of initiatives are underway aimed at creating and promoting a more sustainable lifestyle, less dependent on fossil fuels and non-renewable resources. Yet many of these endeavours are often below the radar, unnoticed by the larger community.
Transition Ottawa is an informal place where those interested in a more sustainable, more self-reliant way of living, can gather to exchange ideas, share resources, learn from what others are doing, become inspired, encourage each other, and come together as part of the larger 'Transition' network. It is a grand and ambitious social experiment. None of us pretends to have all the answers. But we're learning. Fast.
Under the transition model, communities across the world are unleashing their own collective genius and embarking on an imaginative and practical range of connected initiatives, leading to a way of life that is more resilient, more fulfilling and more equitable, and that has dramatically lower levels of carbon emissions. The Transition Movement emerged in the UK from of the work of Rob Hopkins (see his blog at www.TransitionCulture.org), and is spreading virally around the world. For those unfamiliar with the 'Transition' concept, please see www.TransitionTowns.org and www.TransitionNetwork.org. Or watch this video.
If you're new to thise site, here is a good place to start.
Ottawa became officially recognized as a transition town on September 15, 2009.
We all want and need to hear each others' voices. Enjoy your time here! And participate. There's work to be done.