Quadra Island Transition Initiative
Quadra Island can and should make the shift towards becoming a 'transition town'. Transition towns are communities that have embraced established principles and concepts to become socially and economically self-sufficient. Transition towns worldwide are preparing for changes forecast to come with peak oil, rising food and fuel costs and to help weather natural disasters and other possible disruptions.
Becoming a transition town will be most successful with participation and co-operation from as much of the community as possible. Expertise in electrical engineering, renewable energy & conservation, agriculture - permaculture & land use planning, finance & economics and education, social welfare and health & safety will all be required.
What is a Transition Town?
A transition town is prepared for the future. These preparations are built on pillars that strengthen vital parts of our community with the goal of self-sufficiency. Together these pillars ready us for changes and disruptions that may or may not come to pass. But ones that we all know are possible like: food supply problems, rising fuel prices, an earthquake and so on. It is a plan to be prepared like ants instead of hopping along like grasshoppers!
The essential pillars of a transition town strategy:
• Energy Self-Sufficiency - Local Generation and Management
• Food Security - Permaculture Community Gardens and Land Trusts
• Financial Stability - Establish a Local Currency
• Social Re-Balance - Re-Tooling Labourforce, Improving Social Equity, Safeguarding Individual Wellbeing
The seeds of parts of these foundations are already laid on Quadra Island.
Further reading - Transition Network's Transition Primer (1MB PDF)
12 Steps to Transition
There are twelve accepted steps toward transition:
1: Start a temporary steering group
2: Raise awareness
3: Lay foundations
4: Unveil the project
5: Form sub groups
6: Use Open Space
7: Develop goals with concrete results
8: Facilitate labour-force re-skilling
9: Bridge to Local Government
10: Honour elders
11: See how it develops
12: Create an Energy Reduction Plan
But how can we make something so complicated work?
The Transition Network 7 answers to common objections.
Have questions? Like to get involved?
Contact the Quadra Island Transition Initiative .