The world’s climate is changing, and it is largely due to the increased burning of carbon-based fossil fuels such as coal and oil*. Some grim futures have been forecast, so to achieve a happier outcome we need to reduce dramatically the amounts of these fuels that we burn.
It is likely also that world production of low-cost sources of oil will peak in the next ten years or so. As a result, oil and all oil-based products are likely to become more expensive, and this will be an increasing challenge to a global trade system built on cheap oil.
In order to prepare for, and deal with, the combined impacts of climate change and peak oil we need to make some big changes over a period of time – hence ‘Transition’. We need to change from fossil fuels to renewable energy sources. We also need to strengthen the local economy and community to free it from dependence on a global economy with an uncertain outlook.
Our vision is that Constantine will be a zero-carbon sustainable community.
Our aims are that:
- heat, light and transport are fuelled as much as possible by locally generated renewable energy
- our food and drink are produced closer to home
- the community is culturally rich, broadly skilled and self-reliant
- more of the essential things we use are produced locally
- less stuff is bought that becomes rubbish
- re-use and recycling are the norm
- we have fun!
To achieve these aims, the Transition Constantine group will:
- investigate all these topics and provide information for local groups and individuals
- promote renewables and re-localisation within the community
- provide examples of how things could be different (and better!)
- secure external funding to help us on the way
- lead the development of community-owned enterprises
In the next six months we are looking to:
- establish a village market
- initiate the construction of a community-owned wind turbine
- provide as a trial an electric ‘club car’ for the village
* “Climate Change 2007” – Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.