“When faced with a radical crisis, when the old way of being in the world, of interacting with each other and with the realm of nature doesn’t work anymore, when survival is threatened by seemingly insurmountable problems, an individual life-form—or a species—will either die or become extinct or rise above the limitations of its condition through an evolutionary leap.” ~ Eckhart Tolle
How can we, as individual citizens create real change in our town toward living in a Low Carbon Society?
I mean, I get so frustrated when people say that it’s difficult to effect change on a large scale. That’s when I say,
“Have you heard of Transition Town?”
I first heard of the Transition Town movement while trekking across England—250 miles on foot. I had stopped in a book store in Hay-On-Wye, a spectacular village on the Welsh Borders—no word of a lie, every other store is a book store! It’s Bibliophile Heaven.
I bought a book called The Transition Handbook—From Oil Dependency to Local Resilience by Rob Hopkins. I have lugged many books across that mystical and rain sodden land, and it’s been worth the strain on my back.
This particular book opened my eyes to the concept of thinking globally and acting locally.
“It seems to me that a low carbon society would be one which remembers that our planet is a unique gift—perhaps the only of its kind in the entire universe—which we are indescribably privileged to be born into. It would be a society that could look back on the six degrees nightmare scenario as just that a nightmare, one which humanity woke up from and avoided before it’s too late. More than anything, it would be a society which survived and prospered, and which passed on this glorious inheritance—of caps, rainforests and thriving civilizations—to countless generations, far into the future.” ~ Mark Lynas