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A Future Without Oil by Rob Hopkins

A Future Without Oil by Rob Hopkins

Our current system of trade is based on the availability of cheap fossil fuels. Yet the time nears when prices will rise and oil will become increasingly scarce. If we want to avoid this vulnerability, we must now begin to think about ways to reduce our dependency and promote the idea of self-sustaining towns and communities.
During the ‘Age of Cheap Oil’, our economic success and sense of personal prowess have been directly linked to how much cheap energy we consume. Now we are entering a time where the degree of our oil dependency is a key vulnerability.

Transition argues that both peak oil and the need to urgently reduce carbon emissions should be seen not as a disaster, but as an opportunity. It frames this around the concept of resilience, the need for communities to be able to withstand shock from the outside and to be adaptable to rapid change. However, it goes further, arguing that the strengthening of local economies, the creation of opportunities for communities to invest into themselves and the rebuilding of local food and energy systems to meet local needs, could actually prove a key stimulus to those economies. This concept of ‘relocalisation’ does not mean every community should produce everything, nor does it mean giving up the idea of trade. It simply means, where a need can be met locally, it should be. It means communities should have more control over their economies than large corporations, and that communities should create a new, more equitable basis on which to interact.

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