While we all know the parameters affecting our World and our use of resources. And while many of us in Transition Towns are very focused on making a difference, there are still many people who either ignore or do not believe there is a real need to change our way of life. I have wondered why some people can be so obstinate in accepting the science. But in reading Joseph Stiglitz "The Price of Inequality" the explanation is very clear.
We are paying the price of Inequality! We are being coerced into meeting the needs of corporates, both financial and commercial, to satisfy an insatiable desire for growth. Politics of the Right are equaly being coerced into meeting these corporate needs.
Unless we change our economic, commercial and political concepts, inequality will continue to increase as will our consumption of non-renewable resources and our effect on climate.
Transition Towns have an opportunity to influence the change needed with the formation of alternative business models that operate on co-operative concepts and not the commercial model of profit before all else.
Many examples exist already in TT, but more are needed - I suggest this should be a primary focus of TT;
To encourage, to support, to form commercial co-operative ventures - in all forms of energy use.