To empower Madison area residents to grow a sustainable, resilient, and vibrant community.
To raise public awareness about the adverse effects of peak oil, climate change and the resulting impacts on environmental and economic stability, and to assist our community in cultivating local sustainable food, energy, economic, and social systems.
Transition Town, a definition by Judy, our TMA chair
Transition Town is about envisioning and creating a vibrant and resilient community that takes action to mitigate and adapt to Climate Change and Peak Oil in a resource constrained Economy. Some fixes for Climate Change ignore Peak Oil (for example, burying carbon from coal-fired power plants but driving our cars as if there will always be abundant supplies of fossil fuels). And some fixes for Peak Oil ignore actions needed to mitigate Climate Change (for instance, making liquid fuels from alternative feedstocks whose creation puts more carbon into the atmosphere.) And finally, in a world of finite resources, continued Economic Growth is unsustainable. In working together to create and achieve our vision, we use fewer resources and create a wonderful, sharing community.
The Transition Process uses the Head, the Heart and the Hands to create the vision, and to craft an Energy Descent Action Plan. The visioning activities develop work groups. The Hands part is the actions that are taken by the work groups. The work groups will develop and take action to help achieve the vision. The Heart (art, music, spirituality, Nature, elders, children) is interwoven throughout the entire process. The Energy Descent Action Plan is created through the visioning and work group process. We envision how to live well in 30 years in a carbon and energy constrained environment and then back-cast to create the steps to get there. Once the Plan is written, we implement it. And all along the way, we celebrate!