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What is a Transition City?

What is a Transition City?

It’s a place where there’s a community-led process that helps that city become stronger and happier.

It’s happening in well over a thousand highly diverse communities across the world – from towns in Australia to neighbourhoods in Portugal, from cities in Brazil to rural communities in Slovenia, from urban locations in Britain to islands off the coast of Canada. Many of these initiatives are registered on the Transition Network website.

These communities have started up projects in areas of food, transport, energy, education, housing, waste, arts etc. as small-scale local responses to the global challenges of climate change, economic hardship and shrinking supplies of cheap energy. Together, these small-scale responses make up something much bigger, and help show the way forward for governments, business and the rest of us.

Really, it’s the opposite of us sitting in our armchairs complaining about what’s wrong, and instead, it’s about getting up and doing something constructive about it alongside our neighbours and fellow townsfolk. And people tell us that as a result of being involved in their local “transition initiative”, they’re happier, their community feels more robust and they have made a lot of new friends.

This is an extract from the Transition Network website, as a taster of the discussion that will be held at the Salisbury Area Board on the 15th September at the Five River’s Health & Wellbeing Centre.

For more information, please contact Karen Linaker on 01722 434697 or email her at karen.linaker@wiltshire.gov.uk


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