Peak oil refers to the time when global oil production levels out, then begins an irreversible decline, becoming more costly and hard to extract. Many experts think we are there now. As oil production peaks, rising prices begin to cause economic distress. Because of our globalized economy, almost everything we consume is shipped from far away, becoming more and more expensive as oil prices rise. At the same time, many jobs have gone overseas, compounding the economic distress. We also know that our consumption-oriented lifestyles are causing climate change and endangering the eco-systems we depend on. All of these issues are intertwined and can be addressed by transitioning to a future less dependent upon fossil fuels and more focused on providing for our needs locally.
The Transition Movement
Facing these challenges creates an opportunity to build a better way of life, as we learn to use less energy and fewer resources. Transition is a worldwide movement of people who are committed to moving away from the globalized economy, toward local production of food, clothing and other goods. We are committed to reducing our consumption of fossil fuels and embracing alternative forms of energy. We are committed to working together to create the future that we want to live in. Some of us are working in the realm of emergency preparedness in order to prepare for “the long emergency.”
For more information about the Transition Movement, see our Transition Links page.
Just in case you were under the impression that Transition is a process defined by people who have all the answers, you need to be aware of a key fact. We truly don’t know if this will work. Transition is a social experiment on a massive scale.
What we are convinced of is this:
- If we wait for the government, it will not be enough, even in Portland;
- If we act as individuals, it will be too little;
- If we act as communities, it might be enough, just in time.