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Charge Your Batteries.,
This review is from: The Power of Just Doing Stuff: How Local Action Can Change the World (Paperback)
The Power of Just Doing Stuff is a small inspiring book which serves as an introduction to what can be done by setting up local scale Green projects.
Author Rob Hopkins, Co-Founder of the Transition Movement, takes a quick tour of several successful projects that have captured the essence of local scale sustainable development.
The projects are a range from several different countries, showing that the transition to low carbon communities can be rooted in many different cultures.
The examples explored include local food projects, shops, community orchards, communal vegetable growing, local currencies, tool libraries and local energy cooperatives. Behind all these projects is a desire to combat climate change and the issues raised by the issue of peak oil, and the need for alternatives. Local communities are seen as the place where resilience against price shocks and shortages can be tackled by groups coming up with alternatives that are sustainable.
A message coming over clearly from the book is don't wait for government permission, get together with others in your community and start on a manageable scale. The challenges are big. This small volume shows that some positive changes are already happening. It is ordinary people who are developing local networks with locally available skills, money and time. They are rebuilding communities from the bottom upwards.
I think this is a very useful volume that summarises some very helpful activities. It does not give step by step recipies about setting up groups. For that it is worth considering getting a copy of The Transition Handbook which is the first book that I am aware of to be produced by the Transition Movement. However for a quick inspiring introduction to some of the gains made by initiating projects on a local scale, it is well worth a read. There are also entire transition books about sustainability in local currencies, food and housing, for those wanting to be more involved.