Our lovely town of Keene, New Hampshire, is blessed with many active citizens and organizations working to create an ever more livable and satisfying community. This community spirit will come in handy as our community faces increasing shocks and challenges due to peak oil, climate change, and a crisis-ridden global economy. Lots of good work has already begun here, but much still remains to be done to:
1) Dramatically reduce our overall energy use;
2) Shift from unsafe and declining fossil fuel resources to safe and renewable energy sources;
3) Enhance the heart and soul of what we love most about our community–even as we face the end of the Age of Cheap and Abundant Oil; and
4) Relocalize our economy so Keene and the Monadnock region can increase its green-collar jobs and become more capable of producing many of the vital goods and services we need to survive and thrive in the years ahead.
If you support this agenda, then welcome to the Keene Transition Movement–an informal, but growing network of local people, organizations, businesses, and projects who are facing the challenges of peak oil, climate change, and an unsustainable and unjust global economy with creativity, courage, and a positive vision. (BTW, If you don’t believe that such a movement already exists in our town, just take a look at some of the “Great Local Groups” featured on the sidebar on the right of this webpage!)
The World-Wide Transition Movement
There is even more good news. We are not alone. Thousands of communities in countries all across the planet have started relocalization movements to address the same global challenges that we are facing in Keene and the Monadnock region. For just one example, here is a six minute peek at one of our sister communities all the way across the continent–the small rural town of Willits, California.
Hundreds of these local transition initiatives have also begun connecting together in larger national and international networks to learn from each other and inspire more experimentation and innovation. For a look at several of these networked transition communities in the United Kingdom and beyond, check out the engaging 50 minute online video below entitled In Transition 1.0.
How To Use This Website
This Relocalization website and blog is an online tool to help you link up with other citizens of Keene, learn more about how to accelerate our community’s transition to greater local sustainability and resilience, and find ways to take constructive action steps with others. Our hope is that the interactive sharing and resources on this website will help inspire, inform, educate, and activate the citizens of Keene and the surrounding area–and link us all to the larger transition movement in the United States and around the world.
Please join the conversation by bookmarking this website, subscribing to our “Keene’s Transition Blog;” commenting on the posts; sending us your submissions and organizational announcements; and sharing your ideas for improving this website. Also, please regularly check out the growing list of useful and inspiring local, national, and international transition resources. This is a website where the Keene community can talk and dream together, link up to many different local projects, as well as plan and start new projects. We encourage you to visit often and to participate actively online.
Moving Beyond The Virtual World
We also encourage you to support the growing number of creative local groups and projects working on the transition agenda here in Keene–or even start something new with your friends, neighbors, and co-workers. We need all kinds of people and all kinds of innovative projects as we work towards a positive transition in Keene and the Monadnock region.
So, what are your hopes and positive visions for the future of Keene (and the region, nation, and world)? How do you think that peak oil, climate change, and a fragile global economy could be turned into an opportunity for us to live in a more sustainable, just, and fulfilling way?