About Transition

Transition is a grassroots initiative begun in England in 2005 to strengthen community resilience and sustainability in the face of peak oil and other environmental and social pressures. It instantly became a popular international movement.

Transition encourages communities to take ownership of our rejuvenation—by localizing economies, food supplies, and support systems with economically and environmentally sustainable practices.

It’s important to remember:

  • Transition is a social experiment on a massive scale.
  • We don’t know if it will work.
  • What we are convinced of is that:
  • If we wait for governments, it will be too late:
  • If we act as individuals, it will be too little
  • If we act as communities, it might just be enough just in time.

Over 400 communities from around the world have already begun Transition Initiatives—nurturing local farmers and ranchers, bolstering local retail, inventing ways to save energy and protect natural resources, and re-­‐discovering the joys of neighborliness. Boulder, CO, was the first Transition Town in the US, and Ouray County’s initiative, begun in January of 2012, was the 114th.

Transition OurWay (a combination of the names of our county’s two principal communities: Ouray and Ridgway) has enthusiastically joined this movement. We’re educating ourselves, brainstorming, re-­‐envisioning our possibilities, and working together to transition to a more vibrant and healthy world. We welcome your thoughts and energy.

For more information on the Transition movement, check out our “Links” section.