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Transition Town Initiatives Promoting Transformational Community Change In Tackling Peak Oil And Climate Change Challenges

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The transition town movement started in the United Kingdom in 2005, with the aim of addressing peak oil and climate change through self-organising community groups. A “transition model” was proposed to guide individual transition town initiatives in their governance processes. More than 40 community groups in Australia have since become recognised as official transition town initiatives by the Transition Network in the United Kingdom. This study explored the adoption of the transition model by community members in one small rural Australian town. The qualitative study used semistructured interviews with 10 active members of this transition town initiative to gather information on its governance processes, aims, gender relations, and carbon reduction strategies. Preliminary findings have indicated that the transition town model offers guidance to facilitate the self-organising required to enable community groups with skilled communicators to promote changes in lifestyle practices of local people in ways that may reduce carbon emissions.
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Keywords: Community Work; Environmental Social Work; Groups

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Department of Social Work, Monash University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Publication date: June 1, 2013

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