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Peak Oil Educators Embark on World Tour
On Tuesday I wrote about an article in the Times newspaper documenting the incredible spread of the Transition Towns movement, and anyone who has been reading TreeHugger for a while will know I'm a big fan. However, the significance of one fact in the Times article escaped my attention – Transition Towns are going on tour. More specifically, Sophy Banks and Naresh Giangrande, who have been organizing transition training events in Europe, are going to be travelling through USA, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Japan, and probably China in an attempt to spread the word about this community lead response to Peak Oil. They’re going to be blogging about their experience over at TransitionCulture.org (where else?), and the first installment of their blog reveals a little bit about the methodology and thinking behind Transition Training, and it also reflects on the irony of flying around the world to preach freedom from fossil fuels:
And no we aren’t cycling or rowing or going by airship (sorry George Monbiot). We thought long and hard about the pros and cons and what swung us behind the idea was that many were coming from all over the world to do the training it made sense to us to have two of us travel rather than hundreds coming to the UK. I couldn’t swear that January in New Zealand didn’t enter at all into our thinking. It was and is a hard decision as many of us in transition know, to live in the existing paradigm or live by your principles. How do the two meet and how to live with integrity? The enthusiastic response from all over the world has added to our conviction that we are doing the right thing.
The training is a mix of the practical, theoretical, and the experiential. What confronted us when we sat down to design this two day fundamentals workshop in transition was how to you train someone to do something when you don’t know what it is your are actually training people to do. Training someone to be a doctor or a mechanic or an accountant, we know what each of these professions do there are clear competencies that they would have to know to be good at their profession. However with Transition, the field is so wide, just about anything can be included, and no one knows what a Transitioned Town looks like because nowhere has yet transitioned from an advanced industrial society into something sustainable.
Further Reading on Transition Towns
The Times Newspaper on Transition Towns and ‘Apocalypse Now’
Transition Towns and Cities Emerge in the US
Transition Towns New Zealand Gains Strength
Transition Towns Reach Japan
Transition Towns Reach New Zealand
Transition Town Plants Up Nut Trees for Food Security
Interview with Rob Hopkins, founder of the movement
Transition City Bristol
The Transition Handbook
Transition Towns Reach Australia
The Virtual Orchard Project