…by unleashing the collective genius of those around us to creatively and proactively design our move away from fossil fuels, we can build ways of living that are more connected, enriching and that recognize the natural limits of our planet. – Rob Hopkins
What is a Transition Initiative?
Quick definition: It’s a positive, action-based response to climate change, fossil fuel dependency and economic uncertainty; driven from the bottom up by local people finding our own creative solutions to saving energy, growing and distributing food locally, eco-transport, education, green spaces and anything that will make our town more resilient, happy and creative, with sustainable, thriving local economies
Who is in charge of Transition?
You are. Transition is not led by anyone. People around Eastbourne are already engaged in community projects such as the Wadhurst Close eco-gardening project and the Renee White’s community garden. We see all of these as part of the Transition.
What are Transition Projects?
Projects can include anything you can come up with that is going to help make our town and your life more sustainable and secure. A few examples are local food production, eco-friendly transport, sustainable community owned energy, school gardens, community orchards, permaculture food forests, mini wildlife reserves, eco-housing/community centres, food preparation, food distribution, green space transformation and inner transformations… The potential is limited only by our imagination!
Together, these small, but important, local projects make up something that is greater than the sum of its parts, and help to show the way forward for governments and businesses.
Who gets into transition?
Transition Initiatives are happening all over the world – from towns in East Sussex, to neighbourhoods in Brazil, with a wide range of land-base types too – urban to rural. Many of these initiatives, (including Eastbourne Transition), are registered on the Transition Network website. The Transition movement started in little old Totnes in Devon and is now well and truly global!
So, in a nutshell, it’s the opposite of a doom and gloom laden non-action. Instead, through Transition projects, we, the people of Eastbourne, can begin to build a community that empowers and serves us into the future. And at the same time we will be energised by our own positive, constructive, creative solutions and just doing stuff, alongside our neighbours and friends.
Surveys carried out by transition groups have shown that as a result of being involved in their local “transition initiative”, they’re happier, their community feels more robust/diverse/resilient and they’ve forged wonderful new friendships.
Who’s doing Transition in Eastbourne
Transition Town Eastbourne is about all of us including you, your projects and the collective result of what we are doing in little networks of friends throughout the town.
We are a group of ordinary people who have come together to initiate and kickstart our move away from fossil-fuels and the global problems they cause.
We are not in charge, you do not have to answer to us.
We want to see our town flourishing as a result of Transition initiatives. We are gathering information, links and resources that will help us all with getting our projects going and, we hope, inspire all of you to get going with your own ideas and initiatives.
Transition is something that EVERYONE can take part in, from our elders, many of whom have a lot of experience in frugal living, gardening and such like to our youngsters who are full of creative inspiration and have lots of energy to get involved. Parents, Teachers, Councillors, Businesses, all of us can have fun in the process!
What does this website offer?
We see this website as an anchor for anyone wanting to start a community project. It is your site too and we are happy to publish blogs about different projects and share what we know [and we are learning collectively all the time].
We are here to inspire and to offer up examples and ideas from other groups.
We want to create a resource of videos to teach us how to do what we want to do.
We want to publicise your efforts and help you, where we can, get creative about funding sources.
We want YOU to come up with ideas to best use this website and what you would like to see on here.
We have the support of many of our local Councillors who are keen to get people involved in developing community gardens, orchards and whatever else we come up with.
Like you, we have aims and aspirations that we share with each other and try to achieve as a community in real, practical ways.
Our delight would be to see everyone engaging in projects that will benefit the Town and enable us/you to do some of the things we’ve always wanted to do! When we get together with others everything seems so much easier and the benefits of working in this way go far beyond achieving the project. Lasting friendships form as we celebrate a job well done and look forward to the next one.
We invite you to join us in making Eastbourne OUR Transition Town – a town we can be proud of and one that will see us through lean times, provide abundance for all and create a community spirit that few towns have seen.
What kind of projects are going on now?
Here are two links to projects already happening and stemming from Transition Town Eastbourne, feel free to look around and get involved. The more, the merrier!
Eastbourne Community Energy www.e-ce.co.uk
Edible Eastbourne www.EdibleEastbourne.org