We face a species survival-level problem - the need to transition society away from our reliance on climate-changing fossil fuels. Yet national officials not only deny that this is a problem - they are determined to make it harder to solve. Political resistance is one path forward, but it is unlikely to succeed soon. Another response, the Transition response, is local, grassroots action to build resilience at the community level.
It is at this level where those most affected by government policy have the greatest ability to shape it. It’s also the place where it may still be possible to work around political stereotypes to identify common values and goals.
Richard Heinberg is the author of thirteen books including: "Our Renewable Future" (2016), "The End of Growth" (2011), and "Peak Everything" (2007). He is a Senior Fellow of Post Carbon Institute and is widely regarded as one of the world's foremost advocates for a shift away from our current reliance on fossil fuels. He has written for Nature, Wall Street Journal, Reuters, and Christian Science Monitor, among other publications. He has delivered hundreds of lectures on energy and climate issues to audiences in 14 countries, including members of the European Parliament. He has also appeared in many film and television documentaries, including Leonardo DiCaprio’s "11th Hour," and is a recipient of the M. King Hubbert Award for Excellence in Energy Education.