Transition towns are communities that belong to the international transition network and are working towards building ecologically sustainable communities through strengthening the local economy and social ties. The movement is a grassroots response to the issues of Peak Oil and climate change. A great step in a town’s “transitioning” to sustainability is weeding itself off dependency on nonrenewable resources, primarily petroleum. Transition towns have addressed this by forming community gardens to provide local food, organizing waste exchange programs in which a business passes its waste on to another business that can utilize it, and developing local currencies. As of May 2010 there were over 300 transition towns in the world. The website http://www.transitionnetwork.org offers support, resources, and social networking to parties interested in joining the transition town movement.
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