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UPDATE: What is a transition town?

‘Transition Towns’ seek to build community for the challenges of climate change and peak oil. These communities seek out methods to reduce energy use and increase self-reliance.

More specifically, the website of Transition Town Peterborough states that they are “an all volunteer, non-profit organization focused on reducing our community-wide dependence on fossil fuels while increasing local resilience and self-sufficiency in food, water, energy and other vital aspects of life.”



The principles of Transition Towns are more fully outlined at https://transitionnetwork.org/.

As of January 2010, there are 275 communities worldwide recognized as official Transition Towns.

Official Transition Towns in Canada include:

BRITISH COLUMBIA


  • Alberni Valley

  • Cowichan

  • Nelson

  • Salt Spring Island

  • Vanouver

  • Victoria

ONTARIO


  • Barrie

  • Dundas

  • Guelph

  • London

  • Cornwall

  • Ottawa

  • Peterborough

  • Poplar Hill/ Coldstream

NEW BRUNSWICK


  • Cocagne

  • Woodstock

Communities considering or “mulling” about becoming a Transition Town include:

BRITISH COLUMBIA


  • Alberni Valley

  • Golden Ears

ONTARIO


  • Cornwall

  • Kincardine

  • North Bay

  • Oakville

  • Teeswater

  • York Region

ALBERTA


  • Edmonton

  • Grow Forward Grosvenor

NOVA SCOTIA


  • Halifax Shelburne

QUEBEC


  • Quebec City

There are more resources at http://www.transitionnetwork.org/