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Transition Haslemere is a local voluntary group taking action on climate change and the long-term sustainability of our environment for ourselves, our children and the generations to come.

We are part of the international Transition Town movement that encourages communities to come together to develop local practical solutions to the challenges of climate change and sustainability. The first town to begin the transition towards lower carbon emissions and lower dependency on fossil fuels was Totnes, Devon, which launched its initiative in 2005. Since then, thousands of towns across the world have adopted the Totnes model.

Community

The key characteristic of a transition town initiative is that it comes from the community. It is about local people tackling issues such as waste, energy, local food, transport and health. Such collective action can be more effective than isolated individual efforts, and is empowering for the local community. We also work with other local groups where we share similar ideals and objectives, such as the National Trust (e.g. sponsoring trees in their orchard), ‘eco’ churches (joint events such as film shows) and local government (such as talks for Waverley Borough Council’s waste and recycling department).

Haslemere is well suited to the model, with an active community, excellent local food sources, thriving local businesses, a lively cultural calendar and beautiful natural surroundings.

Activities

Examples of current projects include a community vegetable garden in the local allotments, a secondhand bookstall supporting the farmers’ market and raising funds, and monthly ‘green drinks’ with talks and films.

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