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Transition Towns: building community resilience around the world

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Did you know that Oakville is an "official" Transition Town? That there are over 80 TTs across Canada and nearly 1000 around the world?

Join us for an informative dialogue on the Transition Town movement.

Come find out what's been happening in Oakville, and how you can get involved.

BACKGROUND:

Is the glass half full or half empty? We are in the early stages of a huge societal transition from consumption-oriented industrial globalized economy to a more people-friendly and earth-friendly (ie sustainable) steady-state economy. Although many people are anxious about the future and politicians and the media continue to call for growth at all costs (which, on a finite planet, can be likened to cancer - an uncontrolled growth in the human body), the transition we've begun is both necessary and something to be celebrated. The 'American dream' turned out to be a nightmare of work-shop-sleep-repeat, debt, foreclosures, and record sales of anti-depressants. A better future is possible. The transition is an opportunity for creativity, personal growth, and meaningful social action to relocalize, build community, social equity, and enhanced well-being. Communities can band together to build the networks, practices, and structures required to carry us through this unprecedented period of change, creating the change we want to see rather than being waiting victims of the plans of others. These are the foundational premises of the global Transition Town movement, a movement that, 7 years after its inception in Totnes (UK), reportedly continues to double every year.

There are 22 'official', many more 'unofficial' Transition Towns in Canada, and over a thousand around the world. In Ontario, Peterborough and Guelph were among the first; Transition Oakville (now called Go Local Oakville) started in 2008, and Transition Toronto more recently. We are a grass-roots, citizen-led response to the combined challenges of economic uncertainty, rising energy prices, climate change, and the erosion of community. But more importantly, we welcome those seeking a positive vision and practical focus that rises above the doom and gloom endemic to much contemporary writing on climate change and peak oil. After all, our motto is "if it's not fun, it's not sustainable".