Archive for the Transition Towns Category

A Guide to Making the Transition Away From Oil

Posted in Permaculture, Sustainable Energy, Transition Towns on August 8, 2008 by Mark P. Line

A Guide to Making the Transition Away From Oil

  • I wonder what it will take for the Transition movement to gain any kind of footing in the US. $200 oil would help, I guess. Let’s give that a try.

Boris performs fuel cell U-turn

Posted in Fuel Cells, Global Warming, Hydrogen Energy, Sustainable Emissions, Sustainable Energy, Transition Towns, Transparent Government on August 7, 2008 by Mark P. Line

Boris performs fuel cell U-turn

  • I’m not going to blame Boris. Most of his constituents believe that global warming is a hoax.
  • Sixty vehicles for the entire London transport network is a nice gesture, but it’s hardly enough to motivate an original equipment manufacturer, is it.
  • The way out of this vicious cycle (neither manufacturers nor their customers want to put their money ahead of the coming economy of scale) is for jurisdictions such as Greater London to proactively protect the commons they’re charged with protecting in the first place: enact a short-timeline transition to zero vehicle emissions. That will make hydrogen vehicles very competitive, very fast.

Climate change: Quest for zero waste community in remote Japanese village

Posted in Adhocracy, Solid Waste, Transition Towns with tags , , on August 5, 2008 by Mark P. Line

Climate change: Quest for zero waste community in remote Japanese village

  • But gee, it’s so … so … inconvenient!

Transition Towns and Energy Descent

Posted in The Green Life, Transition Towns on July 16, 2008 by Mark P. Line

In December 2005, the town council of Kinsale, a seaside town in County Cork, Ireland, voted unanimously to adopt something called an Energy Descent Action Plan (EDAP) — the first of its kind, but by no means the last.

“Energy descent”, a term coined by Australian permaculturist David Holmgren, refers to the systematic and intentional reduction in energy consumption in a community (or household, or nation). The phenomenon is expected to become widespread as we reach Peak Oil — the point at which oil production stops growing and begins to decline.

So-called Transition Towns, such as Kinsale, are those who have taken life-after-oil into their own hands by adopting an EDAP. There are thirty or forty of these communities already as of this writing, with many more on the way.

The Internet is full of useful resources on energy descent planning, the Transition Town movement and related topics such as permaculture. Here are a few of my favorite links to get you started: