Transition Missoula aims to educate and provide a venue for supporting local economies and a resilient community in the face of climate change and peak oil. The Transition model is a community-led process creating a positive vision to help our community become stronger and happier. We develop projects in areas of food, permaculture, energy, transportation, & housing as small-scale responses to the global challenges of climate change, economic hardship and shrinking supplies of cheap energy. Together, these small-scale responses make up something much bigger, and help show the way forward for governments, business, and the rest of us. The guiding principles of the Transition movement include positive visioning; helping people access good information and trust them to make good decisions; inclusion & openness; enable sharing & networking; building resilience; inner & outer transition; and self-organizing & decision-making at the appropriate level.
Transition Missoula is a part of a global project gone viral. The Transition Network started in Britain in 2006, aiming to support local economies and resilient communities facing the challenges of climate change and peak oil. We began in August, 2011, with 2 separate groups simultaneously reading the Transition Handbook, and a Master’s project website. We are now all joined together as Transition Missoula. We sponsor an environmental documentary and discussion every month at the Public Library. We network with other community organizations such as Missoula Urban Demonstration Project and UM’s Environmental Studies Department. We table at such events as the EcoFest, LocalFest, and Ewam Festivals for outreach, education and action. As we start our second year, we are about to become an official Transition Initiative and will further our networking, study groups, and project groups.