In the comments to Kunstler’s rant this week a twenty-something person makes the following comment:
“I’m 26 years old, and I can tell you with 100% certainty my generation will not willingly “power down” and down scale our consumer lifestyles. Not after a lifetime of seeing our parents spend, spend, spend on the latest consumer bullshit. I would gladly work towards that end, but I am not typical of young people. Hell, we’re 2.5 years into the collapse, and most people are still blissfully unaware of it.”
This may be an extreme case of “blissful unawareness” but it is a problem we must deal with in moving forward with ideas about Transition. Most people believe we are in a down cycle rather than in a state of collapse. Rob Hopkins who started the world wide Transition Town Movement outlines the twelve steps of Transition and I recap them here for regular readers of this blog:
1. Set up a steering group and design its demise from the outset.
Some like-minded souls to drive the first stage of the process.
2. Raise awareness.
Can’t assume the community at large is even aware of peak oil, climate change or long-term economic problems.
3. Lay the foundations.
Network with existing groups.
4. Organize a Great Unleashing.
Transition Whatcom had one earlier this year.
5. Form groups.
Working groups tap into the collective genius of the community.
6. Use open space.
Open space is a technique for running meetings described in the Transition Handbook
7. Develop visible practical manifestations of the project.
Something specific and visual like planting trees.
8. Facilitate the Great Reskilling.
Teaching basic skills
9. Build a bridge to local government.
10. Honor the elders.
Apparently, it’s usually younger people who start these things.
11. Let it go where it wants to go.
12. Create and Energy Descent Action Plan.
Set the vision for a powered down, localized future.
Transition Whatcom is well down the road on these steps and can provide a model and assistance.