In response to the twin pressures of Peak Oil and Climate Change, some pioneering communities in Ireland, the UK and beyond are taking an integrated and inclusive approach to reduce their carbon footprint and increase their ability to withstand the fundamental shift that will accompany Peak Oil. The challenges presented to us today by global warming and peak oil (and gas) are perhaps the greatest that humanity has faced. This brings a great opportunity for rethinking the way we live and making conscious choices about what kind of community and world we would like to live in. Change is coming whether we like it or not – and a planned response to the change will leave us in a much stronger position than if we wait until change is upon us.
“Our culture is underpinned by various stories, cultural myths that we all take for granted: that the future will be wealthier than the present, that economic growth can continue indefinitely, that we have become such an individualistic society that any common goals are unthinkable, that possessions can make you happy, and that economic globalisation is an inevitable process to which we have all given our consent…these are all stories that are profoundly misleading and indeed positively harmful…we need to create new stories that paint new possibilities, that reposition where we see ourselves in relation to the world around us, that entice us to view the changes ahead with anticipation of the possibilities they hold, and that will, ultimately give us strength to emerge at the other end into a new, but more nourishing world”
– Rob Hopkins (The Transition Handbook 2008: 73) –