If we believe endless growth on a finite planet is possible, then it’s all good. If we reckon the age of cheap oil will never end, we can party on.
But if we accept the climate change science, feel that resource use deserves special care, or think there may be some economic bumps in the road ahead, then a rethink of our current way of living is warranted.
This rethink is the basis of Transition Towns – a grass roots movement established in the UK in 2006.
There are now more than 2000 Transition Towns worldwide and 65 in New Zealand. Should we make Matamata number 66? Transition Towns is a bit of a misnomer. It’s really a community of like-minded people – a network, a way for people to connect with others who see things are changing and want to do something about it.
Projects vary from one location to another. Local interests and ingenuity drive efforts with a focus on activities that lessen our dependence on oil, reduce our CO2 emissions, and build resilience in the community.
We hope you’ll join us to hear more about Transition initiatives in Thames, Tauranga and beyond.
If you have any questions before the November 4 information session, call Gord Stewart on 880 9335 or Ben Troughton on 888 7111; or we will see you there!