Rob Hopkins, founder of the global Transition Movement, says that peak oil isn’t a disaster, but a golden opportunity to build communities that can survive shocks and crises. Dr. Hopkins is the latest Green Interview video, released this week.
The Transition movement, which began in Devon, England, is a community-led plan to move away from fossil fuels and into a rich, sociable, locally focused way of life.
“I always kick against that idea in quite a lot of the peak-oil literature that the end of cheap energy inevitably means misery and despair,” Hopkins told The Green Interview. Instead, he explains, preparing for a peak- or post-oil society means new opportunities to strengthen communities through initiatives such as market gardens, local energy projects, and restaurants that work with local farmers. “You start to see new opportunities for young people, new training, and that’s what gets me out of bed every morning, actually—the possibilities that are inherent in all of this."
Hopkins’ Transition movement, which has been called “the biggest urban brainwave of the century,” has taken root in more than 700 towns in Britain, Ireland, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the United States, Italy, and Chile.
“What's particularly bracing and alluring about Rob Hopkins is his enthusiasm and optimism,” says Green Interview host Silver Donald Cameron. “He sees a world on the other side of the environmental crisis that I'd really like to live in. And the Transition Towns movement is extraordinary – a brilliant set of ideas that have actually gone viral and created substantial changes already.”