Abstract The systemic chaos that we are provoking in our planet is accelerating the extinction of diversity; both biological and cultural. This affects seriously the resilience both of ecosystems and communities, and as a consecuence it debilitates our response capacity against the shocks that we are already starting to see. The recovery of the global balance has to come through the conscious degrowth of the economies, the relocalisation of our ways of life and the reconnection with the nature that sustains us. We live in a moment where change is inevitable. Will we be able to take advantage of the opportunities that present themselves to us in order to find a new balance? With the need for new tools that permits us to confront present and future sustainability crisis as a starting point, this document deals with the recent, and successful, movemet called Transition Towns. The Transition Town strategy is a proactive iniciative that uses a holistic approach, based on the interrelated problems of peak oil and climate change, and that focuses its response on the reconstruction of community resilience with relocalisation projects adapted to every particular context. This movement is based on inclusion and proactivity, and not on confrontation, like the activists or antisystem movements, itâ€™s a breath of fresh air and can contribute with important lessons to our particular local context. Among them they emphasize the incorporation of an practical and positive vision, and the contribution of a simple and open methodology. Nevertheless, it is important to add that there exist aspects of the Trasition Towns movement that could be improved, particularly the incorporation of the governability issues in its methodology. Currently there exists a non-sensical dialectical confrontation between the more revolutionary political movements, such as for example the antiglobalization movements. Locally, there are strong disagreements between the Decreixement movement in Catalonia, and the local Transition Initiatives. Both are different and indispensable tools, therefore the paper argues that efforts must go towards the mutual collaboration among the actors who look for a common purpose. The Earth, with its finite natural resources, forces us to rethink our way of behaving, individually, among ourselves and with the planet, and now is the moment to start working together for a more fair and sustainable future. It is the moment to go from the idea to the action.
Published on Sep 22, 2010
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