About Transition Towns?
A Transition Town is a place where the community work together to raise awareness of sustainable living and build local ecological resilience in the near future. The main aims of the Transition Towns initiative are:
- To explore and then follow pathways of practical actions that will reduce our carbon emissions and dependence on fossil fuels.
- The thinking behind Transition Towns is that by using much less energy and resources than currently consumed, communities could, if properly planned for and designed, be more resilient, more abundant and more pleasurable than at the present.To build a community’s resilience, that is, its ability to withstand shocks from the outside, through being more self-reliant in areas such as food, energy, health care, jobs and economics.
The status of a place as a ‘Transition Town’ is not conferred by government but by concerned local residents coming together and, in time, seeking recognition by the Transition Network, a charity set up to support and promote Transition initiatives in UK and around the world.
There are over 450 officially recognised transition initiatives worldwide in 34 countries – others close to us in Yorkshire are at Marsden / Slaithwaite and Hebden Bridge. Each transition initiative is run independently and, like other such initiatives, we are not affiliated to any faith group or political party.