This week sees the official partnering of Churches in Transition with Transition Towns, a movement to equip communities for the dual challenges of climate change and 'peak oil' - the point in time when the maximum rate of global petroleum extraction is reached, after which the rate of production enters terminal decline.
The Transition Towns movement currently has member communities in a number of countries worldwide. It was founded in Kinsale, Ireland, and was then spread to Totnes, England by environmentalist Rob Hopkins
Churches in Transition (CiT) is a project of Christian Ecology Link. It seeks to network and represent the growing number of Christians and their churches involved in Transition Towns projects.
Churches in Transition communicates using an online forum (http://christian-ecology.ning.com),
Christian Ecology Link is working with a number of other faith-based organisations to produce informative resources, training and events on the Transition to a Low Carbon Economy.
One of the key resources currently being trialled is the "ecocell" study programme to help cell groups of individuals, households and
churches to address collectively the management of their energy and resource usage. (http://www.christian-ecology.org.uk/ecocell.htm).
A Churches in Tranistion information leaflet can be downloaded from here (*.PDF Adobe Acrobat file): http://www.christian-ecology.org.uk/cit-leaflet.pdf
Christian Ecology Link (CEL) can be accessed here: http://www.christian-ecology.org.uk/
See also CEL's LOAF meal concept for Low Carbon Food: http://www.christian-ecology.org.uk/loaf.htm