Inspirational Video from Irish Transition Group
I've been known to get pretty enthusiastic about Transition Towns - the community-led movement that is creating grassroots responses to peak oil and climate change. But as the Transition Movement spreads in the US, Australia, New Zealand and Japan - those unfamiliar with the concept may be asking what exactly is it that Transition Towns do? The asnwer, of course, is multifaceted and complex - but the video above explores Kilkenny's 400 Fruit Trees Project, a wonderful and inspiring example of just one Transition project in one Transition Town. Now do you see why I get so enthusiastic? The Aims and Objectives of the fruit tree project provide an insight into just how ambitious Transition Towns are getting:
In addition to providing a lasting memory of the civic celebrations some of the many benefits of the project include:
- Honouring Kilkenny’s long history as a famous apple growing region in times past.
- Families and communities working together on a practical project that will be a source of pleasure and nutrition in years to come.
- Promoting the use of the urban environment as productive spaces for the growing of food.
- Providing food and shelter for wildlife, encouraging bio-diversity and enhancing the beauty of the natural environment.
- Encouraging the use of local seasonal food for local consumption to reduce food miles, packaging and waste.
- Reconnecting adults and children with the sources of their food and educating ourselves on what can be grown in our local environment.
- Highlighting the issue of future food security and the need to become more self-reliant and less dependent on imports.
- Helping to rebuild a local food economy and inspire innovation and entrepreneur-ship in artisan food production.
- Raising awareness of the need to keep carbon dioxide levels below 400ppm and the role that trees can play in tackling climate change.
Pretty exciting, huh? And I repeat - this is one project in one town! Imagine what can be achieved as the movement takes on projects tackling everything from food security to transportation to housing to local economics. Read on for more about the spread of the Transition movement.
Via Transition Culture
Further Reading on Transition Towns
In Transition: The Transition Movement Documentary
Planet Green's Green Glossary: Transition Towns
Transition Towns Reach the US
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