What is Transition?
The Transition Movement is a grassroots effort that began in Kinsale Ireland, 2005
with the work of permaculture teacher Rob Hopkins and his community
college students. Rob began to seriously question existing systems and assumptions
about growth and sustainability when a transportation strike in England
left greater London with only three days of food. His class project grew into a
town effort, and then spread across the globe inspiring people to form their own
group. Unsustainable growth isn’t working. Instead of prosperity, we have an economy
and environment that is rapidly degrading; energy costs are skyrocketing while
we dig deeper and deeper for dwindling sources of fossil fuels.
Who are we?
Transition Hendersonville is a group of inspired local residents and organizations that, along
community and a minimized dependence on fossil fuel. Transition Hendersonville is made up of people
from Henderson County, Hendersonville, NC, that are voluntarily engaged in exploring ways
we can reclaim the diversity of local agriculture, strengthen the local economy, and lower our energy
consumption while building community, personal skills, and enlivening our imaginations. In
doing this, we hope to find meaningful ways to reconnect with our neighbors.
How will it happen?
A Transition Initiative is a process through which the community (individuals,
organizations, businesses, and local government) is brought together to create solutions
to the challenges posed by the end of cheap oil, climate change, and an uncertain
economy. The process begins with the formation of an Initiating Group that raises awareness
through film screenings, handbook study groups, and “reskilling” workshops. Networking
with area organizations is a vital step leading up to an Initiative’s “Great Unleashing”—an official launch of a Transition
Town. After the Unleashing, working groups are formed based on aspects of the community
and the local economy, such as food and agriculture, transportation, energy, personal
skills, heart & soul work, and the arts. These groups conceive specific projects
for Transition, most importantly the formation of an Energy Descent Action Plan,