Transition Chesterfield is a group of local people trying to find positive local solutions to the twin challenges of ‘peak oil’ and climate change. This page contains a bit of background to explain what we’re about. For a greater explanation of what we are doing see here.
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Our whole way of life – from the food on our plates to the daily commute - is deeply reliant on oil and other fossil fuels. These fossil fuels won’t last forever, and global oil supplies will start declining in the next few years – leading to high prices and shortages. We also know that we need to be making huge, rapid cuts in our carbon emissions over the next few years in order to avoid dangerous climate change. These are massive challenges, which affect every aspect of our lives.
Transition projects are a positive, creative response to the twin challenges of climate change and peak oil. Transition is about creating an opportunity for ordinary people like us to get together at this critical time in history and find our own local solutions. It’s about reducing our reliance on oil, cutting our carbon emissions, and making our communities better places to live. In the past year or so, Transition towns have been popping up all over the country – even on the Archers!
Transition Chesterfield appeared in February 2008, and since then we’ve been busy with film screenings, events and workshops, aiming to raise awareness of the issues and build up a strong local network. We have a small steering group and a wider circle of over 300 members and supporters. The next step is to set up working groups to focus on finding solutions in areas such as food, waste, energy and transport. We hope to be seeing lots more events, discussions, research and some practical projects to really make a difference. We’re a completely voluntary community group, and new members are always welcome! Some of our events are already becoming established - Skills Share Workshops, Potato Day and Harvest Swap.