Transition U.S. is a hub for initiatives to help communities transition to non-reliance on fossil fuels. Communities strengthen their ability to withstand severe economic, climate, or energy changes through a variety of methods, such as reducing energy usage, increasing community food production, and matching businesses whose waste can be used by another business. Not only do these initiatives reduce the carbon impact and increase local economies’ independence and sustainability, their emphasis on sustainability and cooperation connect people in circles of compassionate and peaceful civic engagement. Brainstorm with your neighbors how you can adapt these initiatives in your community. For example, one step might be to change a local ordinance to allow people to dry their laundry on clotheslines in their yards.

Habib Todd Boerger in Practicing Democracy with the Earth