Transition Albany: A Local Response to Climate Change

January 06, 2010
Pamela O'Malley Chang
Publication: 
YES! Magazine
Meet Catherine Sutton, the initiator of Transition Albany—the effort of a 1.7-square-mile California town (population 16,500+) to transform itself into a self-reliant and resilient community. Catherine Sutton, as a British teenager in the 60s, frightened her sister with dire predictions of nuclear catastrophe. Today, as the initiator of Transition Albany—the effort of a 1.7-square-mile California town (population 16,500+) to transform itself into a self-reliant and resilient community—she represents one of the brightest spots of hope on my horizon. The Transition Town concept began in 2005 in Kinsale, Ireland where permaculture student Louise Rooney worked up a project for her town to develop a plan to cope with global warming, rising oil prices, and the economic instability they will cause. Rooney's project was honed and replicated in Totnes, England, in 2006, and as of December 2009, has spread to some 256 "official Transition Towns" in Britain, Australia, New Zealand, Europe, North and South America, and elsewhere. In addition, hundreds more places are Transition "mullers"—towns (or cities, or neighborhoods) where people are thinking about developing their own Transition plans. full article

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