People involved in Transition Initiatives around the world recognize that next few decades are not likely to be anything like the past few. We will need to learn to live more simply, within a declining energy base as fossil fuel depletion leads to higher prices and increasing scarcity of fossil-fuel energy.
In what is being called ‘the Great Reskilling’, we will need to remember and re-equip ourselves with the everyday skills our grandparents and even our parents practiced; knowledge of how to fix things, preserve food, care for our health through better nutrition and traditional herbal medicines, perhaps even entertain ourselves without fancy electronica. It may become advantageous and fashionable to make our clothing, fix our bicycles and tools, and construct our own shelter out of naturally occurring materials rather than current energy-intensive materials and methods. Growing at least a portion of our own food, storing and preserving it, and some level of animal husbandry may become increasingly valuable skills over the coming decades.
Most of all, communities will need to regain greater resiliency—the ability to withstand shocks and stresses—and greater self-reliance. The future will be increasingly local in its character as climate change, peak oil and economic shocks undermine globalization and then the very stability of nations. But while we adapt and meet the challenges of the 21st century, we may as well do so with happiness, congeniality, celebration and enjoyment.