The Transition Town Movement originated in Europe but is spreading to the United States. The movement seeks to create models of communities after peak oil. Sandpoint, Idaho and Boulder, Colorado are taking the lessons to heart, and now others can learn how to transition, with this book published by my favorite publisher, Chelsea Green. I haven't read it yet (it's just been released) but I can tell it's going to be important. From the publisher's website:
"Most of us avoid thinking about what happens when oil runs out (or becomes prohibitively expensive), but The Transition Handbook shows how the inevitable and profound changes ahead can have a positive outcome. These changes can lead to the rebirth of local communities that will grow more of their own food, generate their own power, and build their own houses using local materials.
There are now over 30 “transition towns” in the UK, Australia and New Zealand with more joining as the idea takes off. They provide valuable experience and lessons-learned for those of us on this side of the Atlantic. With little proactive thinking at the governmental level, communities are taking matters into their own hands and acting locally. If your town is not a transition town, this upbeat guide offers you the tools for starting the process."