What is the Transition Town Movement?

The Transition Movement comprises vibrant, grassroots community initiatives that seek to build community resilience in the face of such challenges as diminishing supplies of cheap energy, climate change and economic crisis. Transition Initiatives differentiate themselves from other sustainability and "environmental" groups by seeking to mitigate these converging global crises by engaging their communities in home-grown, citizen-led education, action, and multi-stakeholder planning to increase local self reliance and resilience. They succeed by regeneratively using their local assets, innovating, networking, collaborating, replicating proven strategies, and respecting the deep patterns of nature and diverse cultures in their place. Transition Initiatives work with deliberation and good cheer to create a fulfilling and inspiring local way of life that can withstand the shocks of rapidly shifting global systems.

A typical Transition Town starts off when a small number of motivated individuals within a community come together with a shared concern: How can our community respond to the challenges and opportunities of expensive energy, climate change and economic crisis?  This small team begins by forming an initiating group and then engages a significant proportion of the people in their community.  They start working together to address this question:

"For all those aspects of life that our community needs in order to sustain itself and thrive, how do we significantly increase resilience, drastically reduce carbon emissions (in response to climate change) and greatly strengthen our local economy (in response to economic instability)?”

Wilmington in Transition

WIT is inspired by the international Transitions Town movement.  Visit the website at www.witde.org.   Activities so far have included monthly meetings, the holding of several informational/interactive lectures about topics related to building sustainable communities,  a sustainable fair with local vendors of locally grown, natural foods, hand-made crafts, health and wellness providers, an energy efficiency consultant and more.

WIT is the result of real work undertaken by ordinary people who are wholeheartedly engaged in the Wilmington, Delaware community.  We don't have all the answers--but we're learning by doing, because we understand that we can't sit back and wait for someone else to do the work. We believe...

  • if we wait for the government, it will be too late
  • if we act as individuals, it will be too little
  • but if we act as communities, it might just be enough, just in time.

...and doing this work just plain feels good!

When we can play a role that makes a real difference in our communities and the world, our lives become more satisfying and fulfilling. Transition gives us that opportunity.  We'd love for you to join us as we work together to create a resilient, joyful and vibrant future.

One of Wilmington in Transition's projects is the DE Hour Exchange, which is a Wilmington, Delaware group based on and  inspired by the international Time Bank movement. It builds and strengthens the community through the exchange of the services of its members, thereby building  local resilience and sustainable living. For more information or to join, go here.

Another project of WIT is a Local EcoEconomy Resource Guide. The following is a description of our proposed Guide:

Local Eco-Economy Action Guide

Wilmington in Transition proposes to develop a Local Eco-Economy Action Guide.

Context
The greater Wilmington area (along with the rest of the world) is undergoing major transitions. These transitions are filled with disruptions, challenges and opportunities. The transitions include the ways we meet our needs for food, energy, water, healthcare, education, transportation, employment and other necessities. They also include transitions in the ways we govern ourselves and get things done in our society.

One of the opportunities of the transition is the possibility for increasing local self-reliance and decreasing the financial costs and environmental impacts for meeting basic needs. One of the challenges of the transition is learning about these rapidly growing and changing opportunities. This proposal, for the Wilmington in Transition Local EcoEconomy Action Guide, will meet this need.

The Wilmington in Transition Local EcoEconomy Action Guide will be a unique and important tool for transforming Delaware and surrounding areas. It will contain ready-to-use and easy-to-access information local residents need to increase their self-reliance and economic well-being. It will be accessible through smartphone, web and print versions. It will include maps and pictures for easy location and identification. It will answer the questions, How can I make a difference in my family’s and environment’s well being through more informed purchases? What is available locally? Where can I get it?

The Guide will cover, among other things, the following:

Food and Gardens: Healthy and Sustainable Alternatives
Saving Money by Feeding My Family Locally
Local Community Gardens: Where are they? How can I start one?
Gardening Groups
Local Farms and Family Fun
Farmers Markets
Local Farming Coalitions, Farmer to Consumer Programs
Food Pantries and Centers
Food Assistance Programs
Fresh Food in the City

Efficient Uses for Your Energy
Local Energy Efficiency Audits, Auditors
Local Energy Companies and Resources
Green Ways to Build/Green Builders
Local Solar Panel Manufacturers, Installers

Water, Water Everywhere
Local Water Conservation Companies
Rain Water Collection
Water Filtration Systems
Local Plumbers

Health and Safety
Local Health Practitioners and Centers
Local Health Education Centers
Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Training
Eco-Diapers and Diaper Services
Educational Health Courses
Family Practitioners and Other Local Physicians

Transportation
Public Transportation
Private Rides and Carpooling, Car-Sharing
Bicycle Paths and Routes
Stores and Repair Shops
Bicycle Organizations

The above are sample chapters and topics. The Guide will also cover:
Recycling and Waste Disposal, Parks and Recreation, Where to Shop Green and Smart, Books: Stores, Libraries, Clubs, and More, Educational Opportunities, The Local Economy, Local Organizations, and topics such as Wilmington’s Socio-Economic Conditions, Helpful Links  and suggestions for improvement

The Local EcoEconomy Action Guide objectives include:

  • Provide local residents with the information they need to become more responsible and environmentally conscious consumers
  • Strengthen local businesses
  • Increase knowledge of inner-city families of healthy and cost-saving environmentally friendly options
  • Increase local self-reliance
  • Decrease local, national and global environmental impacts.

Deliverables/Results

  1. Guide to local economy that shows how local residents can obtain cost-saving, environment-supporting goods and services that strengthen the local economy and lessen environmental impacts.
  2. Printed document of same that makes this information available to people all over the region
  3. Website that makes the same information available.
  4. Smartphone app that makes the same information available.
  5. System for updating and expanding the Local EcoEconomy Action Guide.

Investment in this program will enable the above information to be collected, synthesized and made into a coherent document, website, smartphone app— and for these delivery mechanisms to be marketed to the entire region.

 

Local Peace Projects

Host Children's Peace Art

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The Pacem in Terris Children’s Peace Art Exhibition is an opportunity for all of us to learn from our younger citizens what the world should be like. As part of the Pacem in Terris 50th Anniversary in 2017 we are “going back to our roots”— the initial innocence of youth, its vision and idealism— as a way of looking forward to the next 50 years.

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Pacem Events

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