Transition Towns

By Julia Burgi

As the threat of climate and economic changes to alter our lifestyles looms, some communities are trying to stay ahead of the curb to make their lives more adaptive to these hurdles. They have even banded together under the title Transition Towns. One of the unique parts of these communities is their focus on community health in a social sense. Transitioning doesn't mean leaving society to create a new group of like-minded people necessarily -- it could mean could mean helping prompt awareness and a shift in the community you're already living in.

The way food goes from the earth to our homes and stomachs is potentially harmful to our bodies and the sustainability of our planet. By examining everything from farming methods to nutritional value to methods transportation, Transition initiatives seek to remedy this. Food is something all humans have in common. We all need to eat in order to survive. It is a great way for humans to connect with each other, then, and Transition Towns seek to make the most out of this relationship.

In fact, food is considered one of the major "themes" of Transition. The Transition Networks suggests community projects to grow food together, which closes the gaping loop between supplier and consumers, cuts out transportation costs and increases the supply of fresh, nutritious foods. Such projects also contribute to the overall health of a given place by providing greenery and open space, major contributors to human mental health, and improving local ecology replenishing soil nutrients.

Through the Transition Network, projects such as inter-faith gardens and micro-praries have succeeded even in seemingly unlikely places like the urban centers of Europe. Transitioning the way you think about or get your food does not require a life overhaul, but a reexamination and small steps to take action.

For more information on Transition Towns and initiatives, read about them on the Transition Network website.