In these last years of oil dependency, a new trend is emerging in which towns prepare themselves to face the challenge of being oil-free.
Following in the footsteps of Kinsale in Ireland, Totnes in Devon has recently declared itself Britain’s first “transition” town. There have been meetings about how all food and energy can be produced locally, and a plan is underway to set up a local energy company, rewrite the local development plan and persuade other towns to join the movement.
Permaculture expert Rob Hopkins is drawing up a 25-year plan to see how Totnes could support itself without oil.
Stroud in Gloucestershire and Lewes in East Sussex, have also recently become transition towns.
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