The international Transition movement is, like Awakening the Dreamer, an organized approach to allowing communities to re-invent themselves in an energy-efficient, planet-protecting, and sustainable manner of living. There is less focus on spiritual change and more on changing of infrastructure and patterns of living, compared to Awakening the Dreamer.
This article is part of PlanetThoughts.org's goal of providing insights into grassroots movements that aim to transform the relationship of people to the planet. There will be follow-ups on this theme as well. From the Web site:
"TRANSITION UNITED STATES is a coordinating organization whose mission is to catalyze, inspire, encourage, network, support and train communities in the U.S. as they consider, adopt, adapt and implement Transition Initiatives.
The Transition approach empowers communities to squarely face the challenges of peak oil and climate change, and to unleash the collective genius of their own people to find the answers to this momentous question: For all those aspects of life that this community needs in order to sustain itself and thrive, how are we going to:
* drastically reduce carbon emissions (in response to climate change);
* significantly rebuild resilience (in response to peak oil);
* and greatly strengthen our local economy (in response to economic instability)?"
In 2006 I started building the PlanetThoughts.org Web site to raise awareness of environmental issues, but I have been in the software field since 1978, working primarily on healthcare-related and not-for-profit organizations, but also for some general commercial companies. I have also long been a supporter of environmental causes.
I am an enthusiastic Tai Chi Chuan practitioner and teacher. This helps balance my brain after sitting at a screen for hours at a time, and lends some balance to life.
In early 2006 global warming and other environmental and energy challenges, as well as escalating wars in numerous locations, became central to my understanding of issues that our whole planet faces, and I wanted to do something with my skills to spread awareness and understanding of environment and energy issues, as well as discuss better philosophies of living, for greater satisfaction beyond consumerism.