Transition Pima

Transitioning from sprawl to resilience through relocalization


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The following is taken from the Relocalization Network's What is Relocalization page. The main unique aspect that Transition Pima adds to the process of relocalization through transition initiatives is the explicit analysis of the current crises from a natural systems perspective, and a method of implementation that develops from this foundation. Since one of the root causes of our myriad crises is our separation from the natural world, the systemic antidote begins with reconnecting with nature. Adding this component to relocalization provides a framework for the numerous ways that an adherence to natural systems principles can help us achieve sustainable lifestyles, organizations, and communities. Reconnecting and relocalizing provide the requirement for acceptable, positive social change in a manner that actually improves quality of life in a world that is powering down.

"Relocalization is a strategy that has developed in response to the environmental, social, political and economic ramifications of global over-reliance on cheap energy. Climate change, the erosion of community, wars for oil-rich land and the instability of the global economic system have resulted from our dependence on cheap non-renewable fossil fuel energy.
"Relocalization is a strategy, which aims to build societies based on the local production of food, energy and goods, and the local development of currency, governance and culture. The main goals of Relocalization are to increase community energy security, to strengthen local economies, and to dramatically improve environmental conditions and social equity. The aim of Relocalization is to develop exemplary community actions that can be used locally and as working models for other communities when the effects of energy decline become more intense.
"Relocalization is the re-claiming of our socio-cultural and economic systems so that each locality operates well within its regional ecological boundaries. Relocalization is a strategy that moves one step further than the strategy of Localization, which primarily aims to increase the local production of goods and services in order to fight the detrimental effects of globalization. Relocalization supports the production of local goods and services while also making a firm commitment to reducing consumption and improving environmental and social conditions. In this way, communities begin to develop a greater degree of economic self-reliance and stronger sense of community."

   If you would like to find out more about the ways natural systems principles can better inform your path to sustainability at the personal, organizational, or community level, please contact or give Dave or Allison a call at (520) 887-2502.


"We are apt to shut our eyes against a painful truth... For my part, I am willing to know the whole truth; to know the worst; and to provide for it."
Patrick Henry


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