Our Principles

Principles

Key principles

  • Action: encouraging, facilitating and supporting action towards a sustainable future for Greyton and the surrounding communities
  • Adaptation: anticipating and responding to current ecological circumstances including climate change, peak oil and social and economic instability
  • Innovation: encouraging an exchange of ideas that fosters innovative responses and solutions to current conditions
  • Collaboration: creating the space for those with bridging interests to find common ground and the will to work together in support of sustainable communities
  • Shared leadership: supporting the emergence of leaders in all walks of life, in local neighbourhoods and throughout Greyton and the surrounding communities

 

How it happens

The Greyton Transition Town process is overseen and led by a group of committed leaders from the community (The Board). Their role is to guide the process, and to ensure that others in the community, such as individuals, business leaders, municipal and political leaders, all have chance to support and contribute to the Transition building process.

People are then brought together in an extended process that helps them work through all stages of increasing Transition: assessment, visioning, action planning, goal setting, and follow-up. The Greyton Transition Group is there to provide multiple process tools and suggestions so that our communities can customise the process for their needs.

Why

People involved in Transition Initiatives around the world recognise that next few decades are unlikely to be anything like the past few. We anticipate that we will need to learn to live more simply, within a declining energy base as fossil fuel depletion will inevitably lead to higher prices and increasing scarcity of fossil-fuel energy.

In what is being called ‘The Great Reskilling’, we will need to remember and re-equip ourselves with the everyday skills our grandparents and even our parents practiced; knowledge of how to fix things, preserve food, care for our health through better nutrition and traditional herbal medicines, perhaps even entertain ourselves without fancy gadgets. It may become advantageous and fashionable to make our clothing, fix our bicycles and tools, and construct our own homes out of naturally occurring materials rather than the current energy-intensive materials and methods. Growing at least a portion of our own food, storing and preserving it, and some level of animal husbandry are likely to become increasingly valuable skills over the coming decades.

Most of all, communities including ours, will need to regain greater resiliency—the ability to withstand shocks and stresses—and greater self-reliance. The future is going to be increasingly local in its character as a combination of climate change, peak oil and economic shocks undermine globalisation and then the very stability of nations – a process that has already started with Brexit.

What to do

Contact any member of the board, bring ideas and fresh thinking!


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